New Release Books by Mark Crilley

Mark Crilley is the author of The Comic Book Lesson (2022), Mark Crilley's Ultimate Book of Drawing Hands (2021), My Last Summer with Cass (2021), The Two-Pencil Method (2018) and other 127 books.

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The Comic Book Lesson

release date: Jul 26, 2022
The Comic Book Lesson
An aspiring young creator learns the fundamentals of visual storytelling from three comic book mentors in this charming illustrated tale—a graphic novel that teaches you how to turn your stories into comics! Acclaimed illustrator and graphic novelist Mark Crilley returns with a new approach to learning the essential elements of making comics. His easy-to-follow instruction about comic book art, design, and storytelling provides aspiring creators a one-of-a-kind how-to experience. In The Comic Book Lesson, you’ll meet Emily—an enthusiastic young comics fan who has a story she needs to tell. On her quest to turn that story into a comic book, Emily meets three helpful mentors who share their knowledge. Trudy, a high school student who works at the local comics shop, teaches Emily how to create expressive characters and how art can convey action and suspense. Madeline, a self-published manga artist, teaches Emily how to use panel composition and layout to tell a story visually and how to develop a comic from script to sketch to finished pages. Sophie, a professional graphic novelist, guides Emily through fine-tuning the details of dialogue, sequence, and pacing to lead readers through the story. Page by page, you’ll discover more about the events that drive Emily to create her comic book as her mentors teach her (and you!) about the fundamentals of visual narrative and comic book art. Each lesson builds on the previous one, guiding you through the steps of planning and creating your comic, with accompanying exercises you can try for yourself. Are you ready to start your comic book lesson today?

Mark Crilley's Ultimate Book of Drawing Hands

release date: Sep 07, 2021
Mark Crilley's Ultimate Book of Drawing Hands
Discover the simple secrets to drawing amazing hands, from popular YouTube instructor Mark Crilley Whether you’re drawing superheroes, manga and anime characters, robots, highly detailed photorealistic figures or anything in between, hands can be the most challenging aspect of creating compelling characters that gesture, communicate, and truly come to life. In simple step-by-step lessons along with plenty of full-color examples, popular instructor and author Mark Crilley takes you from the basics to the finer points. All you need is paper, pencil, and eraser.

My Last Summer with Cass

release date: Mar 16, 2021
My Last Summer with Cass
This One Summer meets The Edge of Seventeen in this poignant coming-of-age YA graphic novel about two childhood friends at a crossroads in their lives and art from the author of Mastering Manga. Megan and Cass have been joined at the brush for as long as they can remember. For years, while spending summers together at a lakeside cabin, they created art together, from sand to scribbles . . . to anything available. Then Cass moved away to New York. When Megan finally convinces her parents to let her spend a week in the city, too, it seems like Cass has completely changed. She has tattoos, every artist in the city knows her. She even eats chicken feet now! At least one thing has stayed the same: They still make their best art together. But when one girl betrays the other''s trust on the eve of what is supposed to be their greatest artistic feat yet, can their friendship survive? Can their art?

The Two-Pencil Method

release date: Sep 18, 2018
The Two-Pencil Method
From the best-selling artist and YouTube art instructor, this book features step-by-step lessons that show you how to draw professional-quality portraits, landscapes, travel sketches, and animals using only two ordinary pencils. Great art doesn''t have to be expensive. For the cost of a regular graphite writing pencil and an equally ordinary black colored pencil, you can create drawings worthy of framing and displaying. In this straightforward, aspiring artist''s guide to rendering a variety of popular subjects with only two pencils, artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents a direct, approachable, and achievable method for drawing just about anything. The Two-Pencil Method breaks down Crilley''s techniques across six chapters of five lessons each. In each lesson, you''ll learn how the two-pencil method can add depth and shading, allowing you to create bold and distinctive drawings that go beyond mere sketchbook doodles. The book moves from a primer on drawing basics to step-by-step examples of still lifes, landscapes, animals, travel sketches, and portraits. With each chapter, Crilley''s confident and encouraging voice and expert insights demonstrate how to achieve stunning artistic results from the simplest of art materials.

Chibi! The Official Mark Crilley How-to-Draw Guide

release date: Mar 20, 2018
Chibi! The Official Mark Crilley How-to-Draw Guide
Master how to draw super tiny and adorable chibi characters! This book (and your fuzzy-costumed tour guide Mochy) will teach you everything you need to know about drawing chibis! From the word "short" in Japanese, this manga illustration style features cute characters with big heads, tiny bodies and adorably exaggerated facial expressions. Play with proportions to create highly stylized itty-bitty chibis or unusually tall ones, using their big eyes and giant personalities to convey animated emotions, from surprised and joyful to sad and mad. • 32 step-by-step lessons cover everything from proportions and poses to clothing and digital coloring. • Create every kind of chibi: boys, girls, pets, witches, fairies and anthropomorphic characters. • Learn how to turn your friends, family and yourself into adorable chibis! • Includes a chapter dedicated to making chibi crafts, such as phone cases, greeting cards and do-not-disturb signs. Show everyone how awesome your chibis are!

Manga Art

release date: Jun 06, 2017
Manga Art
The world of manga (Japanese comics) has captured the imagination of artists, both aspiring and professional alike. Now best-selling artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents the most complete look yet at the variety of creative options available in the world of manga. Crilley fills each chapter with gorgeous, original artwork created with a variety of tools (pencils, colored pencils, digital art, pen and ink, and more) and in a variety of manga-inspired styles. He pairs each piece with information on the materials used and the inspiration that led to its creation. Manga Art provides readers a one-of-a-kind chance to hear from one of the leading artists in the field of manga instruction, as he reveals the unlimited possibilities of manga and the creative secrets behind over 100 pieces of original, never-before-seen artwork.

Mastering Manga 3

release date: Aug 29, 2016
Mastering Manga 3
Master the skills to create your very own manga! Expert manga artist Mark Crilley guides you to another level with this powered-up drawing book. Complete your Crilley collection with this third installation, which elevates the instruction to focus on drawing methods to help you create distinctive and detailed professional-level manga art. Through 40 in-depth step-by-step demonstrations not covered in other Mastering Manga books, Mark reveals his secrets for adding color, how to draw manga-style animals, ways to use photo reference, his preferred art supplies and how to fix character inconsistencies. The book is broken down into three sections: • Characters and Styles. Learn how to draw characters in every manga style--elegant Shojo, angular Dark Fantasy, action-packed Shonen and cute cartoon. Includes non-human characters like animal familiars (realistic or chibi) and aliens. Break-out lessons focus on anatomy, hairstyles and all genres of clothing, from classic anime uniforms to fantasy costuming. • Poses and Action. Make your characters bold, memorable and full of vitality. Get the most out of your poses by learning how to create natural, standing and dynamic running poses, plus sword fights, romantic Shojo interactions and stances for animals, manga monsters, chibi cuties and mech a robots. Advanced lessons include how to convey a sense of motion, tips on body language and how to effectively using foreshortening. • Finishing Touches. Elevate your art with Mark''s professional instruction on completing your comic. These final lessons include page layouts, logo design, how to place a character in a setting, correctly using dialogue and speech bubbles, advanced costume design (fantasy armor, wings, and more) and how to create attention-grabbing cover art. "Manga is all about fresh concepts and fascinating characters. You''ve got ideas. You''ve invented new characters. There''s a whole world waiting to see what you''ve come up with!" --Mark Crilley

The Drawing Lesson

release date: Jul 05, 2016
The Drawing Lesson
Read This Comic and Start Drawing Today! Nominated for a 2017 Eisner Award For the first time ever, drawing instructor and graphic novelist Mark Crilley brings his easy-to-follow artistic instruction to aspiring artists in the form of a comic book, providing you with a one-of-a-kind how-to experience. In The Drawing Lesson, you’ll meet David—a young boy who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. Luckily for David, he’s just met Becky—his helpful drawing mentor. Page by page, Becky teaches David (and you!) about the essential fundamentals that artists need in order to master drawing, all in a unique visual format. In panel after panel, Crilley provides lessons on shading, negative space, creating compositions, and more, with accompanying exercises that you can try for yourself. Are you ready to start your drawing lesson today?

Brody's Ghost Collected Edition

release date: May 10, 2016
Brody's Ghost Collected Edition
Acclaimed author Mark Crilley tells his greatest tale yet in this intense supernatural thriller! After losing his job, his girlfriend, and his home, Brody learns that things can get even worse when he begins seeing a ghostly teenage girl watching him in the street. What he hopes is a hallucination proves all too real when the ghost tells him she needs his help hunting down a dangerous killer, and that he must undergo training from the spirit of a centuries-old samurai to unlock his hidden ghost talker powers. While Brody initially goes along only begrudgingly, the mission becomes terrifyingly personal when he learns that his ex-girlfriend is destined to be the killer''s next victim. As he evades the police and his ex''s criminal boyfriend, Brody enters a race against time to learn the killer''s identity before the night of her foretold doom! "Mix a pinch of The Sixth Sense with a dash of The Karate Kid and a bit of The Crow, and you''ll start to get a feel for Brody''s Ghost." -Wired "The setting--an unidentified future city partially in ruins--is a masterpiece of drawing . . . The story is more than a match for the art." -Booklist

The Realism Challenge

release date: May 05, 2015
The Realism Challenge
A captivating, step-by-step guide that teaches artists to draw and paint exact duplicates of common objects, rendered in the trompe l''oeil, hyperrealistic style of artist Mark Crilley''s popular YouTube video series. Are You Up to the Challenge? With just watercolors, colored pencils, and white gouache, artist Mark Crilley takes you step-by-step through his process for producing stunning, hyperrealistic recreations of everyday items. Based on Crilley’s mega-popular “Realism Challenge” YouTube videos, The Realism Challenge contains thirty lessons demonstrating how to render mirror-like duplicates in the trompe l’oeil tradition of everything from shells, leaves, and candy bars to your very own still life arrangements. Each lesson builds off the previous one, as you’ll master essential artistic techniques like creating drop shadows, adding highlights, and building from light to dark. Learn the secrets of one of hyperrealism’s biggest stars. Come take . . . The Realism Challenge!

Brody's Ghost Volume 5

release date: Apr 22, 2014
Brody's Ghost Volume 5
Brody gets a pivotal lead in his search for the Penny Murderer and his quest to save his ex-girlfriend''s life! But to follow it, Brody has to break ties with his ghostly guide Talia, just when he needs her most! * From multiple Eisner nominee Mark Crilley (Akiko, Miki Falls)! * Brody''s quest races toward its climax! * Bargain-priced 96-page digest!

Mastering Manga 2

release date: Oct 23, 2013
Mastering Manga 2
Level UP and master more manga with YouTube''s most popular art instructor, Mark Crilley! It''s here! The highly anticipated follow-up to the best-selling Mastering Manga provides everything you need, regardless of your skill-level, to learn how to draw manga like a pro. Graphic novelist and YouTube''s most popular art instructor Mark Crilley is back to lead you on your artistic journey. No matter what your experience, Mastering Manga 2 will have you creating manga in no time. You''ll master the basics of facial and body proportions as your drawing skills increase to the next level. Clear and easy step-by-step instruction will walk you through the mechanics of how to draw manga. You''ll learn to create characters in diverse settings and scenes, as well as a variety of styles. Lessons on background and perspective will help you pull it all together into a full manga story panel. More than 30 step-by-step demonstrations! • Proportion. Learn to draw all types of bodies, faces, ages and ethnicities in profile, from behind, and more, including how to turn a full-sized character into an adorable chibi. • Clothing and body language. Reveal your character''s personality through hairstyles, expressions, clothing styles and accessories. • Useful poses. Tweak 16 classic manga poses to make them your own, or follow along with specific step-by-step demonstrations on drawing characters sitting, fighting, kissing and more. • Environments. Create all types of habitats and moods using forest elements, rain, and the effects of water and weather. • Anatomy of a manga panel. Learn how to choose the correct composition, background, depth and balance to create the most effective panel layout for your story. Grab a pencil and learn all the secrets needed to bring your manga story to life!

Brody's Ghost One-Shot

release date: Jul 10, 2013
Brody's Ghost One-Shot
Former slacker Brody has vowed to uncover the identity of the serial killer known only as the "Penny Murderer." Will he complete his intense training to develop physical and psychic abilities before the mysterious killer strikes again? Collecting four stories from _MySpace Dark Horse Presents_, this one-shot issue continues the hilarious, poignant, thrilling tale of Brody''s fight for justice. Love Harry Potter? Try _Brody''s Ghost_! From the thirteen-time Eisner-nominated creator of _Akiko_!

Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley

release date: Feb 08, 2012
Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley
It''s THE book on manga from YouTube''s most popular art instruction Guru! There''s more to manga than big, shiny eyes and funky hair. In these action-packed pages, graphic novelist Mark Crilley shows you step-by-step how to achieve an authentic manga style—from drawing faces and figures to laying out awesome, high-drama spreads. You''ll learn how a few basic lines will help you place facial features in their proper locations and simple tricks for getting body proportions right. Plus, you''ll find inspiration for infusing your work with expression, attitude and action. This is the book fans have been requesting for years, packed with expert tips on everything from hairstyles and clothing to word bubbles and sound effects, delivered in the same friendly, easy-to-follow style that has made Mark Crilley one of the "25 Most Subscribed to Gurus on YouTube." Take this opportunity to turn the characters and stories in your head into professional-quality art on the page! Packed with everything you need to make your first (or your best-ever) manga stories! • 30 step-by-step demonstrations showing how to draw faces and figures for a variety of ages and body types • Inspirational galleries featuring 101 eyes, 50 ways to draw hands, 40 hairstyles, 12 common expressions, 30 classic poses and more! • Tutorials to create a variety of realistic settings • Advanced lessons on backgrounds, inking, sequencing and layout options

Rogmasher Rampage

release date: Jan 25, 2012
Rogmasher Rampage
After months of intensive training, Billy is finally ready to go on his first solo creatch op for AFMEC (Allied Forces for the Management of Extraterritorial Creatches). Godzilla-like monsters are menacing the Chinese mountain village of Hua Qing. Billy is more than fired up to fend them off–until he discovers that bossy Ana García will be tagging along. Though Ana is no older than Billy, she’s a full-fledged AFMEC agent–and doesn’t hesitate to remind him of that fact. Whenever possible. At first, the mission is pretty straightforward. Billy and Ana help Hua Qing fight off the monsters, and life for the villagers goes back to normal. But Billy can’t shake the feeling that things in Hua Qing are not what they seem. Is Billy being paranoid? Or is something really bad about to go down? If Billy is right, then he, Ana, and the villagers of Hua Qing are in a whole lot of trouble.

Brody’s Ghost Book 4

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Brody’s Ghost Book 4
Brody’s racing against time to uncover the identity of the Penny Murderer before he claims his next victim: Brody''s exgirlfriend. But he’s also found out that Talia, the ghost who set him on this road to justice, has been lying to him from the start. * High stakes and intense action! * Crilley’s YouTube channel has over 600,000 subscribers. “Crilley is a great storyteller and artist, and both strengths show here . . .” —Detroit News

Brody's Ghost Volume 3

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Brody's Ghost Volume 3
Under the instruction of ghost samurai Kagemura, Brody has toughened his body and honed his supernatural senses, but he gets more than he bargained for when his extrasensory visions hurl him straight into the mind of a serial killer.

Brody's Ghost Book 2

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Brody's Ghost Book 2
Brody knew that being mixed up with Talia, a dead girl turned ghost, was going to change his life forever. He just didn''t realize it was going to involve going head to head with one of the most vicious gangs in the whole city. But here he is, giving himself over to the bizarre training methods of Kagemura, an ancient samurai ghost, to transform himself from a flabby slacker to a peak-condition fighter capable of bringing the city''s most dangerous criminals to their knees. Don''t miss the second installment of Brody''s Ghost, Dark Horse''s exciting saga from thirteen-time Eisner nominee Mark Crilley.

Akiko: Pieces of Gax

release date: Jun 24, 2009
Akiko: Pieces of Gax
Akiko''s always prepared for something out of this world, but when she goes on a pleasure trip to Gollarondo with Poog, Mr. Beeba, Spuckler Boach, and Gax she can barely believe her eyes--Gollarondo is a city that was built completely upside down! Forget sight-seeing. All Akiko wants to do is keep both feet on the ground. Which is not so easy. Almost as soon as the gang arrives Spuckler''s robot Gax accidentally flies off one of Gollarondo''s balconies and into the Moonguzzit Sea below. Good news: He survived the fall. Bad news: Anything and everything that falls from Gollarondo is automatically the property of Nugg von Hoffelhiff--the ruler of the seas beneath the city. By the time Akiko and her crew are able to gain an audience with Nugg, he has sold Gax to others. What''s worse, he actually broke Gax down into spare parts to maximize his profits! It''s up to Akiko and the gang to retrieve the pieces of Gax before they are spread far and wide across the Moonguzzit Sea. But the people who bought the parts run the gamut from off the wall to downright villainous, so saving Gax''s neck (and body and wheels) may turn out to be Akiko''s most dangerous mission yet.

Akiko: The Training Master

release date: May 06, 2009
Akiko: The Training Master
When Akiko’s Smoovian friends, Poog, Mr. Beeba, Gax, and Spuckler Boach, swing by to pick her up in an astroshuttle, she’s feeling bored with her “normal” life and more than ready to go—anywhere. What she doesn’t know is that King Froptoppit has enrolled them all in the Intergalactic Space Patrollers Training Camp on Zarga Baffa. Every planet in the universe relies on patrollers for protection, but no one from Smoo has ever graduated. Akiko and her crew are the planet’s last hope. After a freak accident at nearby Virpling Canyon, Akiko’s crew faces the ultimate final exam. Will Akiko go home, leaving the rescuing to others? Or will she stay and risk everything?

Akiko and the Journey to Toog

release date: Mar 12, 2009
Akiko and the Journey to Toog
“Poog’s in trouble.” Just three simple words, but they’re enough to launch fifth-grade Akiko and the rest of her crew—Spuckler Boach, Mr. Beeba, and Gax—on their next mission. And it just might be their most important mission yet: To save the planet Toog, home of their good friend Poog. Someone’s out to destroy Toog, and only Akiko and the gang can stop them. But first they have to escape from a Toogolian jail cell, zoom through a barrage of exploding drobe mines, and enlist the help of Spuckler’s old friend Fluggly Ragstubble—who’s anything but helpful. The clock is ticking and every second counts. Will they win the race against time and save Poog’s home planet?

Creatch Battler

release date: Feb 19, 2009
Creatch Battler
Billy Clikk’s just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill . . . hero? A guy whose hobbies include skateboarding, extreme mountain biking—and a brand of snowboarding he wishes would include a few good old-fashioned body slams. Unfortunately, 12-year-old Billy’s boring home town of Piffling, Indiana, will probably never host the X Games. But that doesn’t stop him from bungee jumping off a bridge and winning the X-Sports Challenge in front of Dave’s Cycle and Fitness. Then one day, things suddenly get more interesting. Billy discovers his insect-exterminating parents—supposedly the best in Piffling—have been living a double life. In just a few short hours, he’s sucked into a world that his parents have been trying to hide from him. And this world is much bigger, stranger, and scarier than the one he left behind. How could his own dull parents have so many secrets that even their secrets have secrets? On the bright side, this could be Billy’s chance to fight some real bad guys: the huge kind with teeth and too many hairy tentacles to count. Within a few hours of learning the truth, he’s flying to India and testing out some very cool James Bond–style gadgetry, things no average 12-year-old can even imagine. But before Billy can fight alongside his parents, he’ll have to prove himself. Being a hero doesn’t always mean getting the bad guy—sometimes it means keeping a cool head to figure out what’s really going on. And at the end of the day, Billy just might get to save the world—or go down trying.

Akiko and the Alpha Centauri 5000

release date: Feb 19, 2009
Akiko and the Alpha Centauri 5000
Akiko and her crew–Spuckler Boach, Mr. Beeba, Poog, and Gax–are competing in an intergalactic race from one side of the universe to the other. Along the way they have to make it through the narrow passages of the Labyrinth of Lulla-ma-Waygo, the notorious Almost Black Hole of Luzbert-7, and the deadly Jaws of McVluddapuck. All Akiko wants to do is make it back to Earth in one piece! But when Spuckler discovers that his old rival Bluggamin Streed is also in the race, winning becomes the most important thing. And Akiko quickly finds herself caught up in the competition. Who will go home with the celebrated Centauri Cup?

Miki Falls: Winter

release date: Jan 02, 2008
Miki Falls: Winter
Can love survive? It''s winter, and a bitter chill of desperation has settled over Miki and Hiro. Far from home, the young couple treks through the frozen north, with Akuzu''s powerful agents hot on their trail. Miki knows they are determined to tear her and Hiro apart. But she has different plans. With the help of an unlikely ally, Miki and Hiro endure a daring journey, battling freezing conditions and frightening forces just to be together. Miki is certain they can make it, hoping that love really does conquer all.

Spring

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Spring
In this final installment of a four-part saga, Hiro and Miki try to escape the powerful agents intent on ending their relationship. Trekking through Japans frozen North, they cling to the hope that their love will survive, but will they? Young adult.
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