I think just about every boy (and many girls) dream of one day being a famous cartoonist. I know I did! I always told a pretty good story (just ask my parents), but my lack of artistic ability got the better of me. To say that I can barely draw stick figures would be a stretch. A while ago I was approached to review the book You Can Do a Graphic Novel by a real-life famous graphic artist, Barbara Slate.
Barbara is the real deal with a history to prove it. Barbara’s done work for the likes of DC Comics, Cosmo, Marvel and even Disney and has numerous awards and accolades accumulated over the years. Who better to write about encouraging both young and old to follow their dreams of creating their own graphic novels? I can’t think of anyone!
Barbara’s book, You Can Do a Graphic Novel is done right – it walks the reader through the process of creating a graphic novel. Barbara stresses that your artistic ability is not the key to a successful graphic novel – it’s more about the story, character development and other creative aspects that can turn your good comic into a great one. Barbara’s book inspired creativity in me and it can do the same for you and your child! I highly recommend picking up a copy for any (young or old) aspiring graphic novelist and giving it a try. You never know; you may just have the world’s next big cartoonist on your hands!
Barbara tells a wonderful story while at the same time guiding her readers about how to properly (and rather realistically) become a cartoonist and graphic artist. I love that she actually says it’s less about drawing ability and more about story-telling ability. She encourages readers throughout the book, which makes for very interesting reading!
As mentioned, Barbara doesn’t approach the book as a bland how-to, but rather tells a story about…telling stories. I can’t think of a better way to approach this topic.
Barbara doesn’t have much competition – at least not of this caliber.