Thumbs up for How to Keep a Sketch Journal: A Guide to Observational Drawing and Keeping a Sketchbook by 3dtotal Publishing. Art.

You’d think that would be silly of me to point out that there are many kinds of art, but I don’t think it’s redundant; there are so many media, techniques and genres that—while there may indeed be some people who like all of them—I sincerely doubt that most people do.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton. Comics.

I did not laugh quite as uproariously as I did when reading the first Hark! A Vagrant book, but that is setting a very high bar indeed. Check out the webcomic, and if you dig it, you’ll find that the print collections are well-worth adding to your shelf.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud. Nonfiction/art.

A great overview of the art form. I’d been meaning to read this for a while, and it seemed a natural companion to Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, which I just finished. And now this has got me wanting to read all of the other graphic novels that have been on my to-read list for ages.… >> Read more