How to Draw Manga Made Easy is out today! It’s up on Amazon and Amazon UK – in fact, Amazon UK even has a used copy, probably from one of the reviewers. (World of Books is offering that copy at £19.99 but you can get it at £9.99 new.)
I love the back cover, with a terrific pull quote from Tony Luke. The images really show off the diversity of styles inside. So would you like another sneak peek? Of course you would!
This lovely illustration is by Chie Kutsuwada, a Japanese artist living and working in the UK. Chie also has a gorgeous catgirl portrait and a manga page in the book, showing she’s just as skilled at line art as colour and creates realistic characters as well as cute ones. The fabulous diversity of manga art is one of the best reasons why so many people are drawn to it – check out Chie’s blog or follow @chitanchitan on Twitter.
Dan Byron is a London artist whose comic Bad Egg is straight off the suburban streets of the capital. Dan uses a mix of photographic, computer and hand drawing skills to create his action-packed, oddly and disturbingly realistic pages. Follow @badeggcomic on Twitter or read Dan’s comics on Facebook.
Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson has been active on the UK manga scene since the 1990s, and worked in game design before spreading her wings wider as a freelance artist and designer. She contributed a comic cover and a stunning illustration to the book, as well as this compelling monochrome page from her short work The Meditation on the Sacred Utterances. You can find more of her work on her website and follow her @emeraldsong on Twitter.
You can se why I’m so excited about this book, can’t you? So many gifted artists working in such a diversity of styles, bringing widely different backgrounds and ideas and tools to bear on creating comics in their own way and showing others how to make their own work from their own experiences and dreams.
You should buy it. If you like to get your books signed, I’ll be at several US conventions – starting with Anime Central next weekend – and many of the artists can also be found at conventions and events around the UK and USA.