Four titles, from Random House!
Make Comics Like the Pros: The Inside Scoop on How to Write, Draw, and Sell Your Comic Books and Graphic Novels
by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente
On Sale Date: September 9, 2014
$22.99 USD / $26.99 CAD
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels Paperback Original
Watson-Guptill 160 pages
A step-by-step guide to all aspects of comic book creation-from conceptualization to early drafts to marketing and promotion-written by two of the industry’s most seasoned and successful pros.
Every aspiring comic book creator wants to know: what separates the beloved comics of major publishers like Marvel, DC, Valiant, and Image from all the rest? Fan-favorite comic book writers Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente reveal the secrets of comics’ top talents in Make Comics Like the Pros. The authors take readers step by step through the comics creation process from idea to finished work, and along the way offer examples and insights from their own careers as well as their collaborators’. Not only that, but Pak and Van Lente also join forces with Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Colleen Coover to produce an original comic inside the book! With its unprecedented level of insider access, Make Comics Like the Pros gives comic book hopefuls the tools they need to reach the next level of sequential arts stardom.
by Michael Cho
On Sale Date: September 2, 2014
$19.95 USD / $23.95 CAD
Comics & Graphic Novels / Contemporary Women
Pantheon 96 pages
A brilliant debut graphic novel about a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.
Corinna Park used to have big plans. Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. After graduation, she moved to a big city and took a job at an advertising agency-just to pay off her student loans. Now she’s worked in the same office for five years and the only thing she’s written is…copy. She longs for companionship (other than her cat),gets no satisfaction from her job, and feels numbed by the monotony of a life experienced through a series of screens. But whenever she shoplifts a magazine from the corner store near her apartment, she feels a little, what? A little more alive. Yet Corinna knows there must be something more to life, and she faces the same question as does everyone of her generation: how to find it?
by Richard McGuire
On Sale Date: October 7, 2014
$35.00 USD / $41.00 CAD
Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary
Pantheon 320 pages
From one of the great comic innovators, the long-awaited fulfillment of his pioneering comic vision.
Richard McGuire’s Here is the story of a corner of a room and the events that happened in that space while moving forward and backward in time. The book experiments with formal properties of comics, using multiple panels to convey the different moments in time. Hundreds of thousands of years become interwoven. A dinosaur from 100,000,000 BCE lumbers by, while a child is playing with a plastic toy that resembles the same dinosaur in the year 1999. Conversations appear to be happening between two people who are centuries apart. Someone asking, “Anyone seen my car keys?” can be “answered” by someone at a future archaeology dig. Cycles of glaciers transform into marshes, then into forests, then into farmland. A city develops and grows into a suburban sprawl. Future climate changes cause the land to submerge, if only temporarily, for the long view reveals the transient nature of all things. Meanwhile, the attention is focused on the most ordinary moments and appreciating them as the most transcendent.
by Charles BurnsOn Sale Date: December 2, 2014
$23.00 USD / $26.95 CAD
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
Pantheon 64 pages
The long, strange trip that began in X’ed Out and continued in The Hive reaches its mind-bending, heartbreaking end, but not before Doug is forced to deal with the lie he’s been telling himself since the beginning. In this concluding volume, nightmarish dreams evolve into an even more dreadful reality…
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