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Comics Sketchbooks

The Unseen World of Today's Most Creative Talents

Steven Heller


A privileged look inside the private notebooks of nearly 80 international comics creators


From cartoons to the graphic novel, from humour to super-heroes, comics are the world's most popular form of illustration. What we rarely see is the thinking – the image-and-word play, narrative sequencing, or just plain doodling – that leads to fully formed visual ideas and stories. Comics Sketchbooks presents the private notebooks of more than 80 of the planet's most inventive, innovative and successful artists, alongside new talents and emerging illustrators, in a breathtaking range of imaginative output.

Featuring political cartoons, offbeat graphic stories, the ‘funnies’, underground comics and more, this jam-packed celebration of comic art presents a wide spectrum of illustrations in vibrant visuals, deft texts and arresting human observation. Commentary by Steven Heller, the world’s leading authority on graphic design and illustration, reveals secrets of the trade and the minds behind these private worlds.

Professionals, students, anyone in the visual industries – and indeed all those who simply love comics – will find a wealth of inspiration in the visual excitement, mind-blowing creativity – and fun – of Comics Sketchbooks.

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'It s a rare occasion to be invited into the thought processes behind a creative piece of work ... we can all take something away from this book, whether it is an inspiration or a new technique ... this book offers a push of creativity and an insight into how a comic is made. '
The Association of Illustrators

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 29.7 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Illustrations: 700

Publication date: 3 September 2012

ISBN: 9780500289945

About the Author

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Design: Designer as Author programme at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is the author of many books, including Stencil Type, Graphic, Typography Sketchbooks, New Ornamental Type and New Vintage Type, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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