|IN A NUTSHELL|
|Title: Doodletopia: Manga|
|Author: Christopher Hart|
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
|Released? June 21, 2016|
|Source: The publisher provided a galley proof in exchange for a fair and honest review.|
|Rating: 4 out of 5 stars|
I love Christopher Hart books. They’re not just for adults, they’re not just for kids. His style is commercial, yet the end product after someone else’s attempt still has the mark of that individual. They’re clear and there’s plenty of white space so the user is not as distracted. This book is no different.
I only have one grump – this book is “interactive” so the there’s space for the user to write in the book. I simply use a separate notebook and I encourage those who may borrow it to do the same. But I still think it detracts from the book.
The best part? Hart includes three-quarters view and side views so the developing/aspiring artist gets a much broader range early on. He also leaves parts blank for the artist to come up with their own accessories or expression to match the given situation. I probably don’t need to tell you how popular manga is right now and this little volume gives an excellent introduction to the genre. 4 stars out of 5.