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A list of book-length guides to creating comics, usually containing information on the history of the comics form. Individual book entries may include the book's Table of Contents, on-site reviews, printed review citations, links to on-line information.

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Entries marked New! or Revised! have been newly added or revised since August 1, 2010.


Aihara, Koji and Kentaro Takekuma. Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga, Vol. 1. San Francisco: Viz Communications, 2002. 149 pp. ISBN 1-56931-863-8.

Barto, Renzo. How To Draw Cartoon Characters.  Watermill Press, 1994.

Bové, Steven. The Comic Cartoonist's Workbook. BovéWorks, 2006. 112pp. ISBN 0974182095 (pb). Official website - Buy It!

Cholet, Bert & David Icove.  The All American Art Of Cartooning.   New York: Higgins Ink Co, 1944.

Christensen, Don. How-to-Draw Tips from the Top Cartoonists .  Donnar Publications, 1982. 

Dooley, Michael and Steven Heller, eds. The Education of a Comics Artist. NY: Allworth P, 2005. 265pp. ISBN 1581154089 (paper.) Buy It!

Eisner, Will. Comics and Sequential Art. Expanded Edition. Tamarac, FL: Poorhouse Press, 1985.

Eisner, Will. Graphic Storytelling . Tamarac, FL: Poorhouse Press, 1996.

Fisher, Edwin, Mort Gerberg & Ron Wolin.  The Art In Cartooning: Seventy-five Years Of American Magazine Cartoons.  New York: Scribner's, 1975.

Gautier, Dick. Drawing And Cartooning 1,001 Figures In Action .  New York: Perigee, 1994.

Gerberg, Mort. Cartooning: The Art and the Business.   [revised edition of The Arbor House Book of Cartooning, 1983.]  New York: William Morrow and Company, 1989.  ISBN 1-557-10017-9 (paper).

Hamm, Jack.  Drawing & Cartooning For Laughs.   New York: Perigee, 1990.

Jael.  How To Draw Superheroes And Supervillains.   Chicago: Kidsbooks,1994.

Janson, Klaus.  The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics. Introduction by Frank Miller. NY: Watson-Guptill, 2003. 128pp. ISBN 0823010295 (paper). Buy It!

Janson, Klaus.  The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics. Introduction by Dick Giordano. NY: Watson-Guptill, 2002. 144pp. ISBN 0823010281 (paper). Buy It!

Keener, Polly.  Cartooning.  Foreword by Jim Davis.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1991.

Lariar, Lawrence. Cartooning For Everybody.  New York: Crown Publishers, 1941.

Lee, Stan and John Buscema.  How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way.   New York: Fireside-Simon & Schuster, 1978.  ISBN 0-671-22548-0 (cloth), 0-671-53077-1 (paper).

Mankoff, Robert. 2002. The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers.

McCloud, Scott. Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels. NY: Harper Paperbacks, 2006. 272pp. ISBN 0060780940 (paper).

Mercadoocasio, Gwenn. How To Draw Comics. Stamford CT: Longmeadow, 1994.

Muse, Ken. The Secrets of Professional Cartooning. Englewoon Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1981. ISBN 01379812406 (cloth), 0137981325  (paper).

Nelson, Roy Paul. Cartooning.  Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books, 1975.  ISBN 0-8092-8212-7 (cloth), 0-8092-8211-9 (paper).

Nelson, Roy Paul. Fell's Guide To The Art Of Cartooning. New York: Frederick Fell, 1962.

Nelson, Roy Paul. Humorous Illustration And Cartooning: A Guide For Editors, Advertisers, And Artists. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1984.

Richardson, John. 2006. Foundation Course: Cartooning. Cassell Illustrated.

Schulz, Charles M. Funny Pictures: Cartooning With Charles M. Schulz.  New York: HarperCollins, 1996.

Tallarico, Tony. Drawing And Cartooning Monsters: A Step-By-Step Guide For The Aspiring Monster-Maker. New York: Perigee, 1992.

Talon, Durwin S. Panel Discussions: Design in Sequential Art Storytelling. Raleigh, NC: TwoMorrows Publishing, 2003. 208pp. ISBN 1893905144 (paper).

Trag, Walt.  How To Draw Comic Animals.  Youth Publications/Saturday Evening Post, Indian, 1978.

Trondheim, Lewis and Sergio Garcia. Bande dessinée, apprendre et comprendre. Editions Delcourt, 2006. ISBN 2756002275.

Van Hise, James.  How to Draw Art for Comic Books: Lessons from the Masters.  Las Vegas, NV: Pioneer Books, 1989.  151pp.  ISBN 1-55698-254-2 (paper).

Whitaker, Steve.  The Encyclopedia of Cartooning Techniques: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Techniques.  NY: Sterling Publishing, 2002.  176pp.  ISBN 0-8069-9298-0 (paper).

Withrow, Steven. Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2003. 192pp. ISBN 0823053784 (paper).

WebLink: Jessica Abel's "DIY: Making Comics" : Detailed, step-by-step, and clear information on the basics of drawing comics for reproduction.

WebLink: Kubertsworld : With information about the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art (Dover, NJ, USA), as well as Kubert's Correspondence Courses and more.


Chiarello, Mark and Todd Klein. The DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics. Intro. Jim Steranko. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2004. 144pp. ISBN 0823010309. Buy It!


Chiarello, Mark and Todd Klein. The DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics. Intro. Jim Steranko. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2004. 144pp. ISBN 0823010309. Buy It!

Starking, Richard and John 'JG' Roshell.  Comic Book Lettering, The Comicraft Way.  Los Angeles, CA: Active Images, 2003.  64 pp.  ISBN 0-9740567-3-1 (paper).

WebLink: ABCs with Tom Orzechowski: Interview from The Pulse which encapsulates a history of American comic-book lettering.

WebLink: Comicraft offers Balloon Tales , with a wide range of information on computer-aided comics lettering

WebLink: The Invisible Art in Plain Sight: A look at the art of lettering , by Michael Thomas, at .

WebLink: Richard Starkings: SBC Q&A Part 1 and Part 2: Interview with Starkings on lettering and more.


Ellenbogen, Glenn C., Ph.D., ed. The Directory of Humor Magazines and Humor Organizations in America (and Canada). 3rd ed. NY: Wry-Bread Press, 1992. 282pp. ISBN 0-9606190-5-4 (hc).


Caputo, Tony C.  How to Self-Publish Your Own Comic Book.  NY: Watson-Guptill, 1997.  184pp.  ISBN 0-8230-2455-5 (paper).

Gerberg, Mort. Cartooning: The Art and the Business.   [revised edition of The Arbor House Book of Cartooning, 1983.]  New York: William Morrow and Company, 1989.  ISBN 1-557-10017-9 (paper).

Lovitz, Michael L., esq. (w), the Fillbäch Brothers (a).  The Trademark and Copyright Book #1, Vol. 1.  [comic book.]  Sirius Comics, 2001.

Tinsley, Kevin.  Digital Prepress for Comic Books: The Definitive Prepress Production Guide.  New York: Stickman graphics, 1999.  208 pp.  ISBN 0-9675423-0-8 (paper).

WebLink: Stickman Press , including their on-line Self-Publishing Resource Guide.


Fingeroth, Danny, ed. Write Now! magazine. TwoMorrows.[Publisher's Web Site]

Haines, Lurene. A Writer's Guide to the Business of Comics . Livonia, MI: Stabur Press, 1995. ISBN 0-941613-62-3 (paper).

Moore, Alan. Alan Moore's Writing for Comics volume 1. Avatar Press, 2003. 48pp. ISBN 1592910122 (paper). Buy It!

O'Neil, Dennis. The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2001. 128pp. ISBN 0823010279Buy It!

Salisbury, Mark. Writers on Comics Scriptwriting. London: Titan Books, 1999. 240pp. ISBN 184023069X (paper). Buy It!

New! WebLink: The Comic Book Script Archive : "The Largest Collection of Pro Comic Book Scripts on the web!"

WebLink: How to Write Comics and Other Stuff : By Robert Weinberg.

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