Book Review: Draw Out the Story by Brian McLachlan

Last week I picked up Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics by Brian McLachlan from the library, and read it a few days ago. This is an instructional book for all ages about creating comics, more specifically here’s the book description:

From single-panel comics to full-blown graphic novels, there are dozens of ways to use comics to tell a story. And whether kids want to write or draw something funny or scary, long or short, made-up or true-to-life, cartoonist and author Brian McLachlan maintains there are just ten crucial things they need to know to get started. Using colloquial text, images, and examples, each chapter hones in on a different secret to creating great comics. Budding comic artists will learn how to make text and illustrations work together, how to give characters personality, how to choose the right tool for each project, and much more.

A worthy addition to the how-to comics canon, Draw Out the Story simplifies advanced concepts for younger readers, providing invaluable lessons and pointers for kids who want to learn to write and draw ā€” and imagine ā€” great stories.

I loved this book, and as an adult learned as much as any beginner at any age. Each chapter contains easy to understand text mixed with comics that help illustrate the points. At the end of each chapter are fun exercises that further help you comprehend the lessons.

If you want to learn how to create comics, graphic novels or even illustrate a book, you’ll learn a lot from this book. I suggest you try it out.

I’ll be buying my own copy. I rated this one 5 out of 5 stars.

Author Brian McLachlan’s Website

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