Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in How To Create Comics & Manga. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: How to Draw Original Characters from Simple Templates (Volume 1)
Nothing brings anime artists more satisfaction than creating original characters to use in a comic strip or graphic novel. Bestselling how-to-draw author Christopher Hart helps them reach this goal by providing insight into the six most popular anime types: schoolgirls, schoolboys, preteens, vengeful bad guys, humorous personalities, and fantasy figures. He supplies templates for each; an extensive array of “menus” of head and body types, outfits, and accessories; and detailed, accessible, step-by-step demonstrations and drawing exercises. Plus, Hart showcases some of the best anime artists in the world for this title—including Inma R., Tabby Kink, Ayame Shiroi, Euro Pinku, and Tina Francisco. Its the guide every would-be anime artist has been looking for!
- Author: Christopher Hart
- Publisher: Drawing with Christopher Hart; Illustrated edition (July 7, 2015)
- Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Art, Music & Photography
- ISBN: 978-1936096862
- Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
2. The Drawing Book for Kids: 365 Daily Things to Draw, Step by Step (Woo! Jr. Kids Activities Books)
The most comprehensive how to draw book for kids! This children's drawing book gives you 365 things to draw every day for an entire year - animals, objects, food, plants, vehicles, sports, holidays and more. Every mini drawing lesson is broken down into easy to follow step by step instructions, so that all budding artists can create a masterpiece. This book is perfect for kids 9-12 +, but kids age 6-8 with a high interest in art will be able to follow our diagrams easily as well.The Drawing Book for Kids is the only book you'll need to turn your kids' creativity into artistic confidence!
- Author: Woo! Jr. Kids Activities
- Publisher: Wendybird Press (August 16, 2017)
- Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
- ISBN: 978-0997799378
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.35 x 11 inches
3. Blank Comic Book: Draw Your Own Comics - 150 Pages of Fun and Unique Templates - A Large 8.5" x 11" Notebook and Sketchbook for Kids and Adults to Unleash Creativity
Unleash your inner creativity in this Blank Comic Book Journal that is perfect for both Kids and Adults! Kids love making their own cartoons and comics and, this Blank Comic Book for Kids is the book you need. Filled with comic book templates of various styles, with 150 pages, this book will keep budding artists busy for hours. This is a big comic book, 8.5" x 11", so lots of room for them to immerse themselves in their own creativity. Also, Fun games at the end of the book make kids even happier. The paper is high-quality 60# grade and is printed on a fun matte cover. It is the perfect gift for any Holidays as kids will have the time to sit down and draw. Grab one for yourself or a few for friends!
- Author: Happy Toddlerz
- Publisher: Independently published (October 11, 2018)
- Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
- ISBN: 978-1728677576
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.35 x 11 inches
4. Primary Journal: Early Creative Story Book for Kids, Grades K-2 (Creative Writing for Kids)
Primary Journal for Kids • Write and Draw Your Own Stories Makes a fantastic gift for for creative kids that love to write and draw! Kids can write, draw, and create their very own creative stories in the awesome blank story book for kids! Favorite superheroes and characters come to life in this fun and entertaining primary journal. This book is perfect for kids' projects, creative learning, and tons of other imaginative uses! Each page has 5 spacious lines for writing your story and a large box for illustrating and coloring your story. You get to be the creator of your very own adventures, fairy tales, and fables. With this handy book, you can make all of your best ideas come to life on paper. Large, 8.5 x 11 inches Spacious box for illustrations 5 lines per page for your story 100 pages on white paper Do-it-yourself custom table of contents Creative writing allows children to explore their own thoughts, ideas, and topics in a safe way without the worry of what others think. Creative writing is great for expressing thoughts and feelings about anything on your mind. It is also excellent for enhancing creativity! Young writers can build confidence with writing and illustrating. Creating stories and cartoons can be lots of fun. If you enjoying doodling and drawing, you can create your own "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" style book and show it off to your friends and family. With plenty of pages and a table of contents, you can create multiple stories in this awesome blank story book! Makes the Perfect Gift for Any Occasion! Birthdays Parties and sleepovers Holidays and celebrations School events and projects Creative writing and learning Scroll up and click buy to start creating your own stories today!
- Author: Uncle Amon
- Publisher: Independently published (July 5, 2018)
- Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
- ISBN: 978-1983366222
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches
5. How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way
Written by the iconic Stan Lee, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way is a must-have book for Marvel fans and anyone looking to draw their first comic strip. Stan Lee, the Mighty Man from Marvel, and John Buscema, active and adventuresome artist behind the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, the Mighty Thor and Spider-Man, have collaborated on this comics compendium: an encyclopedia of information for creating your own superhero comic strips. Using artwork from Marvel comics as primary examples, Buscema graphically illustrates the hitherto mysterious methods of comic art. Stan Lee’s pithy prose gives able assistance and advice to the apprentice artist. Bursting with Buscema’s magnificent illustrations and Lee’s laudable word-magic, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way belongs in the library of everyone who has ever wanted to illustrate his or her own comic strip.
- Author: Stan Lee
- Publisher: Atria Books; Illustrated edition (September 14, 1984)
- Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
- ISBN: 978-0671530778
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
6. How to Draw Anime (Includes Anime, Manga and Chibi) Part 1 Drawing Anime Faces
How to draw Anime Learn to draw Anime today with one of the best how to draw Anime book currently on Amazon. Learn to Draw Anime Does your child, tween, or teen love Anime and drawing Anime? This book will teach them in an easy way how to draw Anime of all kinds. It starts with the basics and teaches them step by step the process of drawing Anime in a fun way. This book will teach your child how to draw, step by step, with the easiest approach possible...by using simple shapes. Each tutorial makes learning how to draw Anime as simple as possible. Joseph Stevenson has been teaching kids how to draw for almost ten years now, and his drawing techniques really work! With this no-tears strategy, learning how to draw is fun for children as young as 5 years old, but also works for adults and teens. Learning to draw Anime is fun for kids, but even more fun when it comes easy to them. This book does just that...makes drawing fun and easy for everyone. This book will turn your child into the artist that he or she wants to be. Each animal drawing lesson is a step by step process. Each tutorial is broken down into the simplest of steps that can be followed by most people. This book is for both boys and girls, and is good for kids of most age ranges, but is best for kids aged 9-12 - but if your kids are 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, etc, they will all have fun trying these drawing tutorials out. Have fun drawing the day away! Find detailed instructions inside on how to draw: Anime Manga Chibi Anime Eyes Anime Hair Anime Girls Anime Boys Manga Girls and many more! Learn how to draw Anime with step by step guides. You will learn to draw Anime using shapes, templates, lines and many more. Some Anime are easy and others are harder. Great for yourself or as a gift! Frequently Asked Questions How Long Will it Take to Learn to Draw Anime? Student’s abilities are different and learning to draw Anime can take some time. We have found though with daily practice that most students can learn to draw Anime within 1 - 2 months of starting with our learn to draw Anime book. What drawing tools will I need? We recommend a set of colored pencils and a drawing pad. However learning to draw can be done with a basic pencil and copy paper as well. If you are just getting started we would suggest getting basic tools to make sure you enjoy drawing first. Is this book for beginners or advanced artists? This book will be a great tool for beginners or advanced artists looking to get better at drawing Anime. The drawings do have some detail to them but that is always on the last step making it easy for beginner students to start out with the simpler version and then work to get better at the advanced versions. Are there any other books I can buy that will help me? Yes! Joseph Stevenson has multiple books on how to draw everything from Anime to people. You can find all of Joseph’s books on Amazon or other major bookstores. Joseph has been teaching people how to draw for the last 25 years and has a lot of great content out there. What if I’m just not good at drawing? Everyone can draw! It may take time and practice but we have never met anyone that couldn’t get better at drawing with a little guidance and practice! If you buy the book however and still feel like you just can get it please feel free to return it for a full refund no questions asked. This book is an official Joseph Stevenson Drawing product from Golden Valley Press. Not approved to be copied in any way digital or otherwise.
- Author: Joseph Stevenson
- Publisher: Golden Valley Press (March 26, 2020)
- Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
- ISBN: 978-1947215153
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.23 x 11 inches
7. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition
A revised edition of the classic bestselling how to draw book. A life-changing book, this fully revised and updated edition of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is destined to inspire generations of readers and artists to come. Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used instructional drawing book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you. This revised/updated fourth edition includes: • a new introduction; • crucial updates based on recent research on the brain's plasticity and the enormous value of learning new skills/ utilizing the right hemisphere of the brain; • new focus on how the ability to draw on the strengths of the right hemisphere can serve as an antidote to the increasing left-brain emphasis in American life-the worship of all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.; • an informative section that addresses recent research linking early childhood "scribbling" to later language development and the importance of parental encouragement of this activity; • and new reproductions of master drawings throughout
- Author: Betty Edwards
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 4th Definitive, Expanded, Updated ed. edition (April 26, 2012)
- Genre: Arts & Photography, Drawing
- ISBN: 978-1585429202
- Dimensions: 7.33 x 0.76 x 9 inches
8. The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators (FARRAR, STRAUS)
The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today--and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his fifty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serving as the link between Disney's golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation exemplified by Toy Story . Perhaps even more important, though, has been his dedication in passing along his knowledge to a new generation of animators so that they in turn could push the medium in new directions. In this book, based on his sold-out master classes in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that every animator--from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz --needs. Urging his readers to "invent but be believable," he illustrates his points with hundreds of drawings, distilling the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that will become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students, and fans.
- Author: Richard Williams
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Fourth Edition, Revised (September 25, 2012)
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
- ISBN: 978-0865478978
- Dimensions: 9.42 x 1.01 x 10.86 inches
9. Draw 50 Animals: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Dogs, Fish, Birds, and Many More...
A step-by-step, easy-to-use drawing book that will help kids and adults alike develop their technical drawing skills and build a repertoire of animal subjects. Fifty furry, scaly, and feathered friends are here for aspiring young artists to learn how to draw, including a lion, a giraffe, a dinosaur, a penguin, a bunny, a shark, and much more. It's easy to bring these animals to life the Draw 50 way. Over the past thirty years, celebrated author Lee J. Ames’s distinctive drawing method has proven successful for those wishing to draw anything from animals to airplanes. The books in the Draw 50 series have inspired creativity in millions and shown artists from beginning to advanced levels how to draw.
- Author: Lee J. Ames
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill; ACT edition (May 8, 2012)
- Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
- ISBN: 978-0823085781
- Dimensions: 8.55 x 0.2 x 10.84 inches
10. Blank Comic Book: Variety of Templates, 2-9 panel layouts, draw your own Comics
Draw your own Comics with this Blank Comic Book. This Blank Comic book has:110 pages of Variety of panel action layout templates ranging from 2 panels to 9 panel layouts. Good Quality white paper.Size 8.5 x11 (large). High quality Matte cover.Perfect for sketching and drawing Comic strips.Suitable for students, artists, teens, kids and adults.
- Author: B Bern
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 7, 2017)
- Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga
- ISBN: 978-1544237541
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.26 x 11 inches