Ecco and Lila, along with little sister Ruby, embark on a comic-making adventure after stumbling upon a panel discussion at their local Comic Con. Armed with a how-to book and words of wisdom from the Comic Con panelists, Ecco and Lila discover the process of creating their own comic books, from brainstorming and outlining a story to illustration techniques. The students become the master as Ecco and Lila inspire a Comic Club for neighborhood kids who want to get in on the fun.
More instructional booklet than story, Lila & Ecco’s Do-it-Yourself Comic Club’s minimal plot helps guide young readers through the process of comic book making. While writing and illustrating a book might seem a daunting task, Lila & Ecco make it look easy. Author Willow Dawson’s crisp, confident lines serve as both guide and example of the many different tools, techniques and tricks to visual storytelling. Told in large panels with a fluid, friendly style, Lila & Ecco will appeal to younger teens and middle school students who wish to learn more about graphic novels — and maybe make one of their own.
Lila & Ecco’s Do-it-Yourself Comic Club
by Willow Dawson
Kids Can Press, 2010
Publisher Age Rating: 8-12