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Art of the Comic Book | David Marshall, Instructor

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Resources

This page is designed to be a very basic "one stop shopping" reference tool. Updated occasionally, this points to art supplies, local resources, online demonstrations and historial events. If you have a relevant resourse not listed here, please send me a note.

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Production Template

A Photoshop template of a mainstream American standard comic book. It accounts for bleed, trim and 6" x 9" live area.

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History + Techniques

Highlights of the historical, philosophical and technical insights from class, in Powerpoint form.

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Art Supplies

Artist & Craftsman Supply

Offering quality discount art supplies for pros, students, children and crafters since 1985.

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Charrette

Offers addition to traditional design products, as well as a full range of imaging equipment and digital tools.

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Dick Blick Art Materials

Since 1911, artists have turned to Dick Blick Art Materials for dependable savings, a huge selection, and fine customer service on art supplies.

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Pearl Paint

The "World's Largest Discount Art Supplier" for over 70 years.

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Utrecht Art Supplies

Finest name-brand art materials and supplies including artist canvas, oil paint, watercolor supplies, acrylics and more.

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MassArt Supply and Bookstore

The Bookstore offers a complete line of professional art supplies, new and used textbooks, clothing and other college materials. Textbooks can also be ordered online.

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Local Resources

The Boston Comics Roundtable

Founded to unite Boston-area comics creators for workshops, publishing opportunities, professional development and networking.

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Local Retail Stores

Comicazi

Opened in 2000, Comicazi has lots of great products, a great location, and an awesome website. Simply put, we sell cool stuff at cool prices!

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Comicopia

Hosted this year's Boston event. We stock as wide a variety of material as possible, so whether you're into Acme Novelty Library or X-Men (or even both!), we should have something you'd enjoy.

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Hub Comics

A truly knowledgeable comics shop, located in Union Square. Friendly help, late hours, supports local and independent work, lots of stuff but not cramped and great with kids. What's not to love?

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The Million Year Picnic

Nestled in the heart of Harvard Square, this is the oldest comic shop in New England. The staff is knowledgeable, the shelves are packed with all sorts of comic book goodness.

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Comics Technique

Hand Lettering: David Marshall

The Ames Lettering Guide is the standard tool for professional...

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Hand Lettering: Todd Klein

The two most important tools you'll need are pens and ink...

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Hand Lettering: Charlton Comics

This magazine from 1973 was an interesting concept. A "how to" manual with good solid advice on how to set out a script and basic advice on lettering and...

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Hand Lettering: Blambot

It's important that today's letterers have at least a working knowledge of hand lettering because it will help you better understand the digital medium...

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Ruling Lines (Mechanical Drawing Tips)

A web presentation of Jerome S. Meyer's influential "Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught", published in 1960. Possibly the best drafting tutorial I've ever seen.

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Comic Book Creation Process: Paradigm Shift

How I create each page of Paradigm Shift. The tools include full scripts, 11"x17" vellum, thumbnailed layouts, nibbed dip pens, and a PowerMac G4.

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YouTube Demos

Ames Lettering Guide

A first-timer using an Ames Lettering Guide. The online demonstration is short and easy-to-follow.

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John Buscema Draws

John Buscema draws a Captain America figure, from rough pencils to finished ink. Note which lines Mr. Buscema draws quickly and slowly. This demo is followed by a similarly session with Bill Sienkiewicz.

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Comics History

Alex Toth Critiques Steve Rude

A tough-minded analysis of comic book storytelling at its highest levels. Excellent reading for artists, and likely to be of interest to anyone invested in comics.

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The Beat

Publishers Weekly's news blog of comics culture, written by Heidi MacDonald.

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Blambot

An online type foundry of freeware and shareware computer font designer Nate Piekos, specializing in script and display typefaces for use as lettering in both print and online comics.

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Kirby Dots

An artistic convention in superhero and science fiction comic books and similar illustrations: a field of black, roughly circular dots that are used to represent negative space around unspecified kinds of energy.

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Online Resources (Georgia Southern University - Comic Book Writing)

A thorough list of web resources for comic book research. You're encouraged to contribute to this constantly-updated list.

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Lambiek Comiclopedia

An illustrated compendium of over 10,000 comic artists from around the world. Search by artists, books, strips or characters.

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Ingatz Mouse

Possibly the only website dedicated to Ingatz Mouse, character of "Krazy Kat" by George Herriman. There's also a Forum and a very deep Archive section.

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Art 4 Comics

An online retailer of original art. While the site's primary purpose is commercial, it also serves as a resource of viewing rare art at high resolution.

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