Lila and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club

Lila and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club
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September 01, 2010
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Twelve-year-olds Lila and Ecco are obsessed with comics. Every summer, they dress up as their favorite characters to attend the local comic book convention. This year, after they stumble into a workshop of comics creators, Lila and Ecco come to an exciting realization -- they can make their very own comic books Join Lila and Ecco as they embark on their exciting and rewarding do-it-yourself adventure. Along the way, readers will see how comics can be used to share stories with their friends and say what they want to say. They'll also learn how to harness ideas and inspiration; create believable characters and stories; illustrate motion, suspense and time passing; tips and step-by-step instructions on inking, coloring, lettering, cover art and design, binding comics and much, much more.

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While at a comicon, comics super fans Lila and Ecco encounter a unique workshop. To their joy, they find they can learn to craft their own comics! At the same time, readers of this book can do the same. Author Willow Dawson explores the process of creating comics, from brainstorming to presenting a final product, through the storyline of this unique book.

In Lila and Eccos Do-It-Yourself Comics Club by Willow Dawson, techniques for drafting dialogue and some essentials of drawing basics are included as well as creating the actual mock-up of the book. However, the books illustrations are crowded and stark, very angular, with little shading and no color on any of the pages. This reviewer personally did not care for the artwork. It looks more like a coloring book than a story or how-to guide.

That said, although a niche book and not for every reader, this book is most definitely a smart gift for future comics artists.

Features a glossary and a list of books for further reading.

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