Article Title

Mastering Comics


Olivia Hales


Outstanding, Young Adult, Jessica Abel, Matt Madden

Document Type

Book Review


Mastering Comics is an instructional text created by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden that provides a closer look at what it takes to make engaging stories in the comic book medium. The book is adapted to be used in a classroom by students and teachers or by the individual. The book is comprehensive in its choice of subject. Topics range from linear perspective drawing to methods of coloring, print history, and contemporary distribution considerations, to name only a few. At the end of each chapter, a homework and extra-credit assignment are proposed to give the reader an opportunity to apply what was taught in the chapter. Online resources as well as recommendations for further reading on any given subject are provided for readers seeking to further hone the more particular skills needed in crafting comics.