How To Draw Manga books are really something. Not only is the art crummy, but the book even gives you horrible advice on how to write comics- basically, it seems like the most important thing to do is to identify cliches and use them as much as possible. You might think I'm exaggerating, but the book actually says this in as many words:
If ever there was a genre that thrived on freshness and new ideas it was horror, which is what makes How To Draw Manga - Occult and Horror such an amazing piece of work. It's an interesting book, in that it tells you nothing about how to build the suspense, atmosphere or tension you associate with horror; nor is it very informative about the occult. It's got a far more nuts 'n' bolts approach to teaching you how to write for the genre. For example, here the guide shows you the difference between drawing a room normally, and drawing a room in a horror comic. I would genuinely like to see someone make a comic based on the advice in this book. I'd love to find out that someone did and it got made into the film 'The Ring' but somehow it seems unlikely. The following pictures are all from the section entitled 'How to draw scary faces':
I could probably get a lot of mileage out of just pointing out the sheer irony of some of these pictures coming from a book with 'How To Draw' in the title.
This might be my favorite part below.
That certainly is quirky!
Wait, which part is the 'goat's trunk'
I love how the book teaches you all these fantastical things that have never happened to anybody in the matter-of-fact tone of a plumbing textbook.
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Speaking of good tips:
So if I get depressed at work, I should drink. Got it!
I've often wondered what the distinction is between Horror and Fantasy is, too, so I'm glad they adressed that issue early on.
I think this tip sums this book up in one.