Graphic Novel Review: Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action

Graphic Novel Review: Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in ActionAdventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action by James Sturm
Series: Adventures in Cartooning #3
Published by First Second on 2013-10-08
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 64

The Knight, Edward the chubby horse, and of course the Magic Cartooning Elf are back for more fun, but this time they're sharing the stage with a host of new characters. In Adventures in Cartooning: Characters In Action you'll learn how to create your own kooky characters. And fresh faces are needed -- the famous director Otto Airs is making a movie, and he's invited everyone in the kingdom to audition! It's your chance to dream up boatloads of wacky characters to star in the film. Discover how body language and expression are used to tell a story, dress a wizard to the nines, and choose the perfect rogue robot. After following the heroes on their cartooning adventure, you'll be ready to create characters to star in your own comic book!

What always strikes me about the Adventures in Cartooning series is how many laugh out loud moments it has. My students cannot keep their hands off these books. Melding a mixture of how-to with a hilarious story, this third book shows readers how to create their own characters. Our night in shining armor heads off to save the day, only to find that there is a mean film director looking for the right characters for his movie.

The illustrations are so much fun in this book, simple but fantastic, showing readers that it can be easy to create your own comic book characters. The hilarious moments are done with great dialogue and hilarious moments that make it one of the best graphic novel series for kids. It’s really hard to review these books because I just want to hand all of you readers a copy and tell you to go devour it. They’re short, fun and full of great drawing advice. I highly recommend Adventures in Cartooning to any young, budding artists.


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