Best Sources for Making and Understanding Comics
Understanding Comics and Making Comics are two of the best sources for comics:
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, by Scott McCloud - describes what comics are about and how they have evolved.
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels , by Scott McCloud - Describes how to make comics. However, even if you aren't motivated to make comics you can learn a lot about interpreting comics by looking and reading this book.
James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, & Alexis Frederick-Frost
Adventures in Cartooning is an interesting and entertaining story within the story of how to create a comic. Should inspire children who want to creat comics and privide easy to follow and simple suggestions on how to begin cartooning.
Here are two historical first sources for comics and graphic storytelling:
Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist - Will masterly describes what comics are about and how they have evolved.
Comics and Sequential Art: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist. - Will describes principles and practices about graphic storytelling and visual narratives.
Historical science fiction Sunday edition comic - 1950's