Comics Sketchbooks

Comics Sketchbooks

The Private Worlds of Today's Most Creative Talents

By Steven Heller

Thames & Hudson, Paperback, 9780500289945, 352pp.

Publication Date: September 2012

From cartoons to graphic novels, from humor to superheroes, comics are the world's most popular form of illustration. And, as in all forms of illustration, artists and designers experiment with visual ideas, image-and-word play, narrative sequencing, and stylistic flourishes through sketching. What we rarely see is the creative thinking the doodling that leads to fully formed visual ideas and stories. Comics Sketchbooks presents the private notebooks of eighty-two of the world's most inventive, innovative, and successful artists alongside new talents and emerging illustrators. The artists have been selected by the world's leading critic and most knowledgeable source in the field of graphic design and illustration, Steven Heller, who has had personal access to some of the most private and unseen material. Although there have been several comic-book compilations over the years, none has the visual excitement, insight, and mind-blowing creativity and fun of this one.

About the Author
Steven Heller is the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Design / Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program and co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism and MFA in Interaction Design programs at the School of Visual Arts. For thirty-three years he was an art director at the "New York Times", and currently writes the Visuals column for the "New York Times Book Review". He is contributing editor to "Print", "EYE", and "Baseline" magazines, and writes the popular blog "THE DAILY HELLER". He is the author or editor of over 130 books on design and popular culture, including "Design Literacy", "Design Disasters", and "100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design". He is the recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement and the 2011 Smithsonian National Design Award for "Design Mind."