Two members of the BFA Illustration Department’s class of 1993 have new comics-related books out. Alumnus Shawn Martinbrough has penned How to Draw Noir Comics (Watson Guptill), an instructional book that also features an original graphic novel, The Truce. Subtitled The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, Martinbrough’s book gives genre-specific lessons aimed at cartoonists who want to bring their own shadowy stories to life. After describing strategies for drawing characters, creating mood and translating the script to the page, the artist puts the techniques into action in The Truce’s 17-page noir story.
Classmate Mike Dubisch has recently published two new collections of his work on the Strange Fear imprint: Morbid Curiosity: The Art of Mike Dubisch, a 128-page retrospective of 20 years of Dubisch’s horror and fantasy artwork; and the sci-fi/horror graphic novel Weirdling, which tells the story of Anna Mandretta, a young woman on an alien moon who shifts in and out of a bizarre lucid-dream state.
Image: Shawn Martinbrough, How to Draw Noir Comics (Watson Guptill), 2007.