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Damn Fine Story

Damn Fine Story


Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative HOOK YOUR AUDIENCE WITH UNFORGETTABLE STORYTELLING What do Luke Skywalker, John McClane, an da lonely dog on Ho'okipa Beach have in common? Simply put, we care about them. Great storytelling is making readers care about your characters, the choices they make, and what happens to them. It's making your audience feel the tension and emotion of a situation...   [click here for more]
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Meadowshire Coloring Coloring Book

Meadowshire Coloring Coloring Book


Enter the magical woods of Meadowshire! 43 pages of images just waiting for you to color them! Fun for all ages! PDF: Now with all 43 pages! Printable pdf format lets you print just one, some, or all of them as you wish! Want to try a different color scheme for an image or want to print a favorite image again? Do it! POD: 43 #70 paper pages with laminated color softcover . Features...   [click here for more]
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Make Art Not War Challenge: Rules, Essays, and 31 Creative Prompts

Make Art Not War Challenge: Rules, Essays, and 31 Creative Prompts


Why take the Make Art Not War Challenge? When times are tough, the feeling that artists are not necessary tends to permeate. Art is viewed as frivolous or a luxury since we don’t produce food, clothing, or housing. The exact opposite is true, however, because in charged political climates artists document and represent our humanity and all our struggles be they violent or peaceful...   [click here for more]
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H. P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West

H. P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West


The author writes: This book began as an expansion of my essay, "H. P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West," in The Weird Tale, but very quickly became something quite different, to the degree that the two works have little save the title in common. I have always been interested in Lovecraft the philosopher, and in my Starmont Reader's Guide to Lovecraft (1982) I attempted a very compressed...   [click here for more]
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Starve Better

Starve Better


Starve Better offers practical advice for making a living as a writer. In Apex Publications' survival guide, Nick Mamatas touches on both craft and business. Starve Better makes no promises of making you a bestselling author. It won't feed aspiring writers' dreams of fame and fortune. This book is about survival: how to generate ideas when you needed them yesterday, dialogue and plot...   [click here for more]
Apex Book Company  $4.99

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Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror

Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror


Add more terror and suspense to your horror adventures! Horror Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 1) helps you to develop and tell frightful tales of dread and darkness. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and tabletop adventures. Written for writers and roleplayers, with clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Determine which horror genre elements you wish...   [click here for more]
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KOBOLD Guide to Gamemastering

KOBOLD Guide to Gamemastering


Decades of GMing Experience at Your Fingertips! “Kobold Press builds on its excellent track record with another great release—new and provocative.” —Mike Mearls Whether it’s advice from grognards who were running games at the dawn of RPGs, or suggestions from the new generation of game designers, these 21 essays by experts are here to help you improve your...   [click here for more]
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Genre Structure Vol. 2: Science Fiction

Genre Structure Vol. 2: Science Fiction


How can you add more excitement and bold vision to your science fiction adventures? Science Fiction (Genre Structure Vol. 2) helps you to develop and tell tales of discovery and possibility. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and tabletop adventures. Written for writers and roleplayers, with clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Determine which science...   [click here for more]
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Alien Body Plans: Hexapods and Other Ecdysozoa

Alien Body Plans: Hexapods and Other Ecdysozoa


It's easy to make aliens: take a person or a dog, slap some antennae on 'em, maybe some ooze and some spooky talons, and then put some random letters together in a nigh-unpronounceable combination. As I said, it's easy to make aliens. What isn't easy is making them well. Even when you're working hard to be creative, it can sometimes be hard to get out of the rut of familiarity, to go...   [click here for more]
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The Illusion of Freedom

The Illusion of Freedom


Look around at the world we live in. Isn't there something wrong? Don't you feel powerless to make a positive change? Don't the problems of the world feel so big, so overwhelming, that you feel defeated? Like you can't possibly make a difference? So you don't even start? What if I told you, you could change that? What if I said that the interests and influence of a select few groups have purposely...   [click here for more]
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Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers

Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers


If you want to spark new ideas for worlds, plots or characters, you want Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers. Medicinal corpses, the jargons of thieves and carnies, Nazi UFOs, the colonization of space and green children from nowhere are only a few of the topics covered. This sourcebook is for all writers of fantasy or science fiction--whether novels, short stories,...   [click here for more]
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Troubleshooting Your Novel

Troubleshooting Your Novel


Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Manuscript Problems Take your story to the next level of excellence! You've completed the first draft of your novel--now what? Chances are, it's not perfect...at least not yet. In order to increase your chances of getting a literary agent, selling your manuscript to a publisher, or garnering an audience for your self-published work, you need targeted,...   [click here for more]
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The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing


Everything You Need to Know to Create & Sell Your Work Get advice from the best in the business on every stage of the novel-writing and publishing process! In The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, you'll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally,...   [click here for more]
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Becoming a Better Writer Through Roleplaying & Other Essays on Writing

Becoming a Better Writer Through Roleplaying & Other Essays on Writing


Becoming a Better Writer Through Roleplaying is a series of essays on using RPGs to improve your writing, how and why you should build a fandom, horror and the heroine's journey, writing fight scenes, and point of view (both the fourth person point of view, if such a thing even exists, and the second person point of view). This content previously appeared on Seventh Sanctum, The...   [click here for more]
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A Writer's Guide to Active Setting

A Writer's Guide to Active Setting


How to Enhance Your Fiction with More Descriptive, Dynamic Settings Enhance Your Fiction with the Power of an Active Setting! Setting is one of the most underutilized and misunderstood elements of the writing craft. And when writers do focus on setting, they often pull readers out of the narrative and jolt their attention from the action on the page. A Writer's Guide to Active Setting will...   [click here for more]
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Fierce on The Page

Fierce on The Page


Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be and Succeed on Your Own Terms Produce your best work. Live your best life. Make your greatest impact. You have everything you need--and you are everything you need--to do the writing you are meant to do. And yet the path to success can be difficult to find and follow. Veteran author and writing guide Sage Cohen believes that ferocity is...   [click here for more]
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Michael Moorcock: Fiction, Fantasy and the World's Pain

Michael Moorcock: Fiction, Fantasy and the World's Pain


Prolific, popular and critically acclaimed, Michael Moorcock is the most important British fantasy author of his generation. His Elric of Melnibone is an iconic figure for millions of fans but Moorcock has also been a pioneer in science fiction and historical fiction. He was hailed as the central figure of the "New Wave" in science fiction, and has won numerous awards for his fantasy and...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $29.95 $15.99

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Bring Your Fiction to Life

Bring Your Fiction to Life


Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity Craft a Story That Towers Above the Rest You know it when you read it: In page after page and scene after scene, a truly engrossing novel has qualities that set it apart. Authentic characters, a well-rounded plot, and immersive settings work in harmony to create a three-dimensional experience--one you can practically step inside and explore....   [click here for more]
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Keys to Great Writing Revised and Expanded

Keys to Great Writing Revised and Expanded


Mastering the Elements of Composition and Revision Transform your writing! If you're ready to empower your writing but are unsure of where to start, let Keys to Great Writing Revised and Expanded show you the way. Award-winning author and veteran writing coach Stephen Wilbers provides invaluable instruction on every aspect of the craft, from word choice and sentence structure...   [click here for more]
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The Meaning of Names: Landforms, Terrain, and Cities

The Meaning of Names: Landforms, Terrain, and Cities


There are many good resources out there for creating new languages, but they tend to focus more on how words change over time than on the meanings of place-names. This booklet is intended to fill the gap. It not only includes lists of historical place-names but discusses the patterns and logic behind these names. Don't forget to buy the companion to this booklet, The Meaning of Names: Persons and...   [click here for more]
WMB Saltworks  $2.95

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How-To: Far North Peoples

How-To: Far North Peoples


Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy Bedouin with some Navajo bits tacked on" or you run hog wild and run the risk of overlooking something that, however innocuous, turns out to be vitally important for that type of culture. There's another way...   [click here for more]
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Necrocracies: Eight Governments of the Dead (Political Fantasies #1)

Necrocracies: Eight Governments of the Dead (Political Fantasies #1)


Political Fantasies is a series that takes names for governments and plays around with them to see how far they can be pulled. In the tradition of Strange Nations, the results of each exploration can be dropped into your setting with little-to-no adaptation required. This volume explores necrocracy or "rule by the dead," with possibilities like restricting the...   [click here for more]
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The Meaning of Names: Persons and Peoples

The Meaning of Names: Persons and Peoples


There are many good resources out there for creating new languages, but they tend to focus more on how words change over time than on the meanings of personal or group names. This booklet is intended to fill the gap. It not only includes lists of historical names (personal, family, and ethnic) but discusses the patterns and logic behind these names. Don't forget to buy the companion to this booklet,...   [click here for more]
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How-To: Horse Nomads

How-To: Horse Nomads


Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy Bedouin with some Navajo bits tacked on" or you run hog wild and run the risk of overlooking something that, however innocuous, turns out to be vitally important for that type of culture. There's another way...   [click here for more]
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The Secrets of Story

The Secrets of Story


Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers You've just boarded a plane. You've loaded your phone with your favorite podcasts, but before you can pop in your earbuds, disaster strikes: The guy in the next seat starts telling you all about something crazy that happened to him--in great detail. This is the unwelcome storyteller, trying to convince a reluctant audience to care...   [click here for more]
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Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2018

Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2018


The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2018 is the only resource you need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published. This edition of NSSWM features hundreds of updated listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more, and each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines,...   [click here for more]
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How-To: Hill Tribes

How-To: Hill Tribes


Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy Bedouin with some Navajo bits tacked on" or you run hog wild and run the risk of overlooking something that, however innocuous, turns out to be vitally important for that type of culture. There's another way...   [click here for more]
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108 Forms of Money

108 Forms of Money


This is exactly what it says on the tin: a list of 108 forms of money. If you've ever wanted someone in your setting to use something other than cash or gold coins, then look no further. This list includes 16 food items, 19 animal products, 8 consumable items, 16 plant products, 27 forms of metal money from balls to nails, and 22 more forms of money that couldn't fit into a neat category like the...   [click here for more]
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Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published

Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published


Write It Short, Sell It Now Short stories and personal essays have never been hotter--or more crucial for a successful writing career. Earning bylines in magazines and literary journals is a terrific way to get noticed and earn future opportunities in both short- and long-form writing. Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays capitalizes on the popularity of these genres...   [click here for more]
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Writer's Market 2018

Writer's Market 2018


The most trusted guide to getting published! Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer's Market 2018 guide you with thousands of publishing opportunities--including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings feature contact and submission information so you can get started right away. Beyond the listings,...   [click here for more]
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Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy: Outstanding Essays from the J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences

Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy: Outstanding Essays from the J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences


The J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature--long held at the University of California, Riverside--have been a major influence in the study of science fiction and fantasy for thirty years. The conferences have attracted leading scholars whose papers are published in Eaton volumes found in university libraries throughout the world. This collection brings together 22 of...   [click here for more]
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Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot

Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot


How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats Enthrall Your Readers! Suspense is one of the most powerful tools a writer has for captivating readers--but it isn't just for thrillers. From mainstream fiction to memoir, suspense creates the emotional tension that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot is your hands-on...   [click here for more]
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45 Master Characters, Revised Edition

45 Master Characters, Revised Edition


Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters Create unforgettable characters your readers will love! Want to make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex, and original than ever before? 45 Master Characters is here to help you explore the most common male and female archetypes--the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate. Explore a wide variety...   [click here for more]
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Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with Confidence

Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with Confidence


Find the courage to create your best writing life. Whether you're a fledgling writer or a veteran with years of experience, fearlessness--that elusive blend of self-acceptance, confidence, and curiosity--is the defining quality of those who find fulfillment and success. Truly fearless authors banish writer's blocks with ease, receive critiques gracefully, and infuse their passion for the...   [click here for more]
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Science Fiction from A to Z

Science Fiction from A to Z


An exploration of the tropes of science fiction by a writer, author, and fan. An exploration of the tropes of Science Fiction by a writer, author, and fan. Originally published on One Thousand and One Parsecs for the 2013 Blogging From A to Z Challenge. ...   [click here for more]
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Toy Stories: The Toy as Hero in Literature, Comics and Film

Toy Stories: The Toy as Hero in Literature, Comics and Film


Toys--those celebrated childhood cohorts and lead actors in children's imaginative play--have a fantastic history of heroism in fiction. From teddy bears that guard sleeping babies to plastic soldiers and cowboys who lay siege to wooden block castles, toys are often the heroes of the stories children inspire authors to tell. In this collection of new essays, scholars from a range of disciplines...   [click here for more]
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Storytelling in Video Games: The Art of the Digital Narrative

Storytelling in Video Games: The Art of the Digital Narrative


Beginning with the structural features of design and play, this book explores video games as both compelling examples of story-telling and important cultural artifacts. The author analyzes fundamentals like immersion, world building and player agency and their role in crafting narratives in the Mass Effect series, BioShock, The Last of Us, Fallout 4 and many more. The text-focused "visual...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $45.00 $17.99

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Inklings I

Inklings I


Inklings is a collection of 50 pages of artist Stephanie Law's ink drawings from 2000 to 2008. Hardcopy of this book has been out of print for many years, so this is a unique and hard to find volume of whimsical artwork. Fairy woods are populated by eldritch creatures, dryads, satyrs. Powerful goddeses swirl across the page alongside delicate fairies. Get a glimpse into the artist's mind in the commentary...   [click here for more]
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Inklings III

Inklings III


Inklings is a collection of 58 pages of artist Stephanie Law's ink drawings from 2010 to 2011. This little gem is filled with whimsical illustrations of fairytales, mythical creatures like dragons, phoenixes, kitsunes, clockwork birds, and other fantastical subjects. ...   [click here for more]
Shadowscapes Press  $5.50

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The Art of Shadowscapes Tarot Minor Arcana

The Art of Shadowscapes Tarot Minor Arcana


The Shadowscapes Tarot, by Stephanie Law, has been a best-selling tarot deck since 2009. The Art of Shadowscapes Tarot Minor Arcana displays all the artwork from the Minor Arcana in beautiful high resolution. All the details that you're craving to see close up when holding a deck-sized version in your hand are beautifully presented in this book, along with detailed musings...   [click here for more]
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Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life

Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life


Writers are given a wealth of opportunities to cultivate a successful writing life, break out, and find an audience for their work. Yet so many writers, from beginners to veterans, find their careers stuck in neutral. The solution is simple: Just write. Write yourself past fears, doubts, and setbacks, and use your desire for writing excellence to deeply immerse yourself in the craft. In...   [click here for more]
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The Great Monster Magazines

The Great Monster Magazines


A Critical Study of the Black and White Publications of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s This is a critical overview of monster magazines from the 1950s through the 1970s. "Monster magazine" is a blanket term to describe both magazines that focus primarily on popular horror movies and magazines that contain stories featuring monsters, both of which are illustrated in comic book...   [click here for more]
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The Mythology of the Superhero

The Mythology of the Superhero


Superheroes have been an integral part of popular society for decades and have given rise to a collective mythology familiar in popular culture worldwide. Though scholars and fans have recognized and commented on this mythology, its structure has gone largely unexplored. This book provides a model and lexicon for identifying the superhero mythos. The author examines the myth in several narratives--including...   [click here for more]
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Writing the Intimate Character

Writing the Intimate Character


Create Unique, Compelling Characters Through Mastery of Point of View Craft Vibrant Characters and an Intimate Reading Experience The key to excellent fiction lies in its characters: the unforgettable protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters who populate the world of your story. Understanding and effectively using point of view allows you to write a powerful narrative that...   [click here for more]
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Author In Progress

Author In Progress


A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published Empower your writing through craft and community! Writing can be a lonely profession plagued by blind stumbles, writer's block, and despair--but it doesn't have to be. Written by members of the popular Writer Unboxed website, Author in Progress is filled with practical, candid essays to help you reach the...   [click here for more]
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Battling Doubt: How to Push Beyond Your Final Barriers and Finish Your Book

Battling Doubt: How to Push Beyond Your Final Barriers and Finish Your Book


If you're nearly finished with your novel, you may be staring down one of the writer's toughest foes: doubt. In "Battling Doubt," John Vorhaus shares his candid advice on assessing whether your book is ready for submission and publication. This exclusive e-book offers practical advice on smoothing out those last few wrinkles, conquering your fears, and celebrating your completed novel. John...   [click here for more]
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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel


Solve the MYSTERY of how to write and sell a KILLER story! With the help of interactive exercises, mystery author and crime fiction critic Hallie Ephron gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an idea into an intriguing mystery novel. You'll learn to capitalize on your writing strengths and shore up your weaknesses. This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of mystery...   [click here for more]
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Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel that Sells

Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel that Sells


Take your first draft from so-so to sold! You've finished the first draft of your novel--congratulations! Time to have a drink, sit back...and start revising. But the revision process doesn't have to be intimidating. Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition gives you the tools and advice you need to transform your first draft into a finished manuscript that agents and...   [click here for more]
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Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market 2016

Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market 2016


THE MOST TRUSTED GUIDE TO THE WORLD OF CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING If you write or illustrate for young readers with the hope of getting published, Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market 2016 is the trusted resource you need. Now in its 28th edition, CWIM is the definitive publishing guide for anyone who seeks to write or illustrate for kids and young adults. Inside you'll find...   [click here for more]
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Mike Gagnon Inking Portfolio 2011

Mike Gagnon Inking Portfolio 2011


portfolio sample of inks recently done by professional comic creator Mike Gagnon. Includes comparisons to original art. Includes Classics Illustrated work by Lou Cameron and Joe Orlando. ...   [click here for more]
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