- Posted by Johanna on April 2, 2007 at 12:22 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
She also hits on a concern that I’ve heard other book writers express, usually confidentially to avoid trouble:
part of my interest here is that the market is still being abused with books by artists good and bad who can’t draw “anime” and “manga” style for sh*t, who came late to the party and can’t get past surface crap.
I have to wonder at some of these titles myself. I’ve been reading comics, and reading about comics, for a good while now. When I see books on “how to draw” by “comic professionals” I’ve never heard of, it raises the question of just how qualified they are to instruct?
Now, I don’t believe that “those who can’t do, teach”, and I respect teaching as a valuable talent in its own right. I’m not saying that a creator should have a million-selling comic before they write a how-to book. (If they have those kinds of sales, much more sensible to keep creating the comics themselves.) But on the other hand, if your only known credit is telling others how to do things… why should I listen to you?
Even those who have long-lasting careers making comics I appreciate can’t necessarily translate those skills to good how-to books. I was disappointed by a recent title from a well-known creator, because it spent too much time telling me, a non-artist, things I already knew while glossing over the basics I wanted to learn more about.
As always, the proof is in the book itself.