REVIEW OF WAGNER AND TURLINGTON 'S
THE COMPLETE IDIOTíS GUIDE TO CARTOONING

By Denise Baton

You, Too, Can Be a Cartoonist

Arnold Wagner and Shannon Turlington have captured the essence of cartoon art in this wonderful guide. The authors have an effective way of inspiring and teaching others the craft of cartooning. Arnold and Shannon start you off in the first frame and from there, at the beginning, you understand your place in the history of cartoon artistry. Great visionaries, the authors project your sights into the future of cartoon art and before you know it, youíre learning the tools of the trade, the essentials of figure drawing, perspective and personal expression. I was especially impressed by their ability to succinctly teach the values of good composition and the elements of style. There is an excellent section on genre, which will help you develop your cartooning career, another on the genesis of good ideas and yet another section on breaking into the business and preparing your portfolio. Marketing, copyrights and other legal issues are also addressed. If you want to learn about the business and art of cartooning you must have this book.