10 Best Books About Comics

We all love comics. That's why we’re reading/writing this article. Because comics are awesome. And there’s always so much to talk about within the medium. But look, internet articles and YouTube video series about comic book history and craft can only cover so much. At a certain point, if you want to really learn some stuff, you're going to have to pick up a real book. One of those serious ones that have a distinct lack of Batman in them. I love learning more about comics, and if you want to become someone who can talk at length about Spider-Man’s real history as much as his fictional story, or who can analyze a bad panel layout and figure out how to fix it, here’s a little summer reading for you.


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10. Words for Pictures


Brian Michael Bendis was one of the best comic book writers of the previous decade.

Torso, Ultimate Spider-Man, Alias, and Powers are absolutely fantastic comics that can teach you a lot just by reading them. But you can learn even more from his 2014 book, Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels, which reads like a textbook for comics making.

Bendis teaches a yearly class on comic book making at Portland State University. It's designed to help students learn the basics from a professional, and this book feels like a readable version of said class. It includes not only long chapters from Bendis, but “guest lecture” bits from other notable and talented creators, as well. It’s the medium's best modern teaching tool, and the most up-to-date book on the subject that I could put on this list.

Well worth a read, especially if you want to make your own comics.