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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Cartooning & Animation

This section of our website is devoted to book lists that you can take to your library. The lists are sorted by Category, Subcategory and then Topic.

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Cartooning & Animation List

  • Animation Book: A Complete Guide to Animated Film Making-From Flip-Books to Sound Cartoons to 3-D Animation, The
    by Kit Laybourne.
    ISBN: 0517886022
  • Animation: A Complete Drawing Kit for Beginners
    by Chad Morgan
    ISBN: 1560101989
    This is the perfect introductory kit for anyone who wants to learn the fascinating art of cartoon animation! Inside is everything needed to get started, including a 32-page project book packed with professional animation tip and techniques.

    The project book starts with information on cartooning tools and materials and then covers the basics, such as character development, expression, line of action, two- and four-legged action cycles, and straight-ahead and pose-planning techniques. Before you know it, you’ll be making an animation flip book, cartoon storyboard, or spinning zoetrope! Each project is accompanied by clear instructions, helpful tips, and step-by-step illustrations--all of which ensure successful results. Beginning animators will discover how easy it is to apply a variety of fundamental techniques resulting in impressive works of art.

    This kit makes an idea gift. All the supplies are safe and easy to use, and the book teaches skill that can be applied for a lifetime!
  • Animation: Learn How to Draw Animated Cartoons
    by Preston Blair.
    ISBN: 0929261518
  • Animator's Workbook, The
    by Tony White.
    ISBN: 0823002292
  • Bill Peet: An Autobiography

    ISBN: 0395689821
    Illustrator Bill Peet tells his life story from being an animator on Disney pictures like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to a children?s book illustrator.
  • Cartooning: A Complete Drawing Kit for Beginners
    by Jack Keely, Ed Nofziger
    ISBN: 1560102470
    Cockeyed critters, goofy guys, funny faces--they’re all part of the wacky world of cartoons! Jack Keel and Ed Nofziger give you a first-class ticket into cartooning with this fun and easy drawing kit. Inside you’ll find Cartooning, a 32-page book that humorously guides you through the nitt-girtty of cartooning--from the character development, expression, and head shapes to special effects and more. It even provides inspiration for creating zany characters of your own.

    Just follow the easy step-by-step instructions, and with a little practice, crazy characters, dopey dogs, jivin’ giraffes, and zany zebras will come to life on your paper. Soon you’ll have a room full!
  • Cartooning; The Art and the Business
    by Mort Gerberg.
    ISBN: 1557100179
  • Drawing on the Funny Side of the Brain: How to Come Up With Jokes for Cartoons and Comic Strips
    by Christopher Hart.
    ISBN: 0823013812
  • Drawn & Quartered: The History of American Political Cartoons
    by Stephen Hess, Sandy Northrop
    ISBN: 1880216396
    Amazon.com
    It's hard to imagine a book on this topic that's better than Drawn and Quartered. Authors Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop have created a history that is lucid, authoritative, and fun. The profuse illustrations are, as one would expect, varied and entertaining. Even better, the cartoons featured do an excellent job of demonstrating the evolution of political cartooning from Ben Franklin (America's first editorial cartoonist) to the present.

    Hess and Northrop do an excellent job of relating cartoons to the political and social climate in which they were created. For example, "Caricatures of [Martin Luther] King, Malcolm X, and the other African American leaders who rose to prominence [in the 1950s and 1960s] are hard to find. Cartoonists and their newspapers grew so sensitive to the volatility of caricaturing black leaders, fearing that they would be perceived as racial slurs.... Instead, cartoonists employed generic situations and peopled them with generic black figures. Martin Luther King Jr. became an invisible man in the cartoons of the [era]."

    Readers casually interested in the topic will find Drawn and Quartered an entertaining and unique book. Aficionados will be satisfied with the book's sagacity and depth, and may even discover illustrators that they did not know. All will agree that Hess and Northrop deserve a round of applause. --Michael Gerber
  • Encyclopedia of Cartooning Techniques, The
    by Steve Whitaker.
    ISBN: 1561383546
  • Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book
    by Rufus Seder
    ISBN: 0761147632
    There's never before been a book like Gallop! Employing a patented new technology called Scanimation, each page is a marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to life with art that literally moves. It's impossible not to flip the page, and flip it again, and again, and again.

    A first book of motion for kids, it shows a horse in full gallop and a turtle swimming up the page. A dog runs, a cat springs, an eagle soars, and a butterfly flutters. Created by Rufus Butler Seder, an inventor, artist, and filmmaker fascinated by antique optical toys, Scanimation is a state-of-the-art six-phase animation process that combines the "persistence of vision" principle with a striped acetate overlay to give the illusion of movement. It harkens back to the old magical days of the kinetoscope, and the effect is astonishing, like a Muybridge photo series springing into action—or, in terms kids can relate to, like a video without a screen. Complementing the art is a delightful rhyming text full of simple questions and fun, nonsense replies: Can you gallop like a horse? giddyup-a-loo! Can you strut like a rooster? cock-a-doodle-doo!

    Every child who opens the book will be amazed—and so will every parent.
  • How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
    by Stan Lee, John Buscema
    ISBN: 0671530771
    Stan Lee, the Mighty Man from Marvel, and John Buscema, active and adventuresome artist behind the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, the Mighty Thor and Spider-Man, have collaborated on this comics compendium: an encyclopedia of information for creating your own superhero comic strips. Using artwork from Marvel comics as primary examples, Buscema graphically illustrates the hitherto mysterious methods of comic art. Stan Lee's pithy prose gives able assistance and advice to the apprentice artist. Bursting with Buscema's magnificent illustrations and Lee's laudable word-magic, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way belongs in the library of every kid who has ever wanted to illustrate his or her own comic strip.
  • Little Lit: It Was a Dark and Silly Night...
    by Art Spiegelman (Author), Francoise Mouly (Author)
    ISBN: 0060286288
    Amazon.com
    Maus creator Art Spiegelman and art editor of The New Yorker Françoise Mouly created a gorgeous splash with their deliciously oversized comic art collections Little Lit and Strange Stories for Strange Kids. In their latest compilation It Was a Dark and Silly Night... fans will find darkly delightful comics by Lemony Snicket and Richard Sala, William Joyce, Neil Gaiman and Gahan Wilson, J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, Carlos Nine, Kaz, and more. The editors asked this talented crew of cartoonists, novelists, and children's book illustrators and authors to begin a story "It was a dark and silly night." Lemony Snicket took "silly" to stand for "Somewhat Intelligent, Largely Laconic Yeti." William Joyce tells the story of "Art Aimesworth, boy crimefighter and all around whiz-kid" who attempts to isolate Giggle-illium, the long-searched-for silly atom. Neil Gaiman begins his dark and silly night with "a light and grumpy afternoon." Kaz spins the tale of a bizarre upside-down family that only rights itself when a gas explosion blows the house up, in both senses. As with the other Little Lit collections, readers will be amazed, amused, baffled, turned upside-down and righted again, all in the course of a happy afternoon of browsing. (All ages over 9 or so) --Karin Snelson
  • New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, The
    by Betty Edwards
    ISBN: 0874774241
    This is an revised and expanded edition of a classic drawing text which applies the latest developments in brain research to learning to draw. Anyone interested in drawing or learning to draw should get this book whether they believe they can draw or not. My husband went from stick figures to beautiful drawings with this book.
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