Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review--Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative

Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative is the last of the instructional series trilogy written by Will Eisner.

This was, by far, the quickest instruction manual I've ever read.  That's because Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative is mostly composed of artwork illustrating--well--expressive anatomy.  In other words:  How to convey emotions through facial expressions and body language.

I was able to finish the book in one sitting, which is rare for me, even when reading graphic novels.

Not only was the narrative short & sweet, so are most of the reviews on

Out of the 14 customer reviews:  Most thought the book was great (10 x 5-stars and 1 x 4-star), a couple folks thought it was okay (2 x 3-stars) and one didn't like it (1 x 2-star).

The 2-star rater considered the book uninstructive.  This in fact may be, to someone who is an artist, or aspiring to be one.  But for someone like me, who can't draw a straight line to save his life, I still found Will Eisner's posthumous work to be lively and informative.

Even just having Eisner's complete instructional series is enough for me to start off by giving Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative a 4-star rating.

But since it was so easy and entertaining to read, I'll bump up my rating to 5-stars.

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