A big congratulations to my buddy Tom Nguyen, whose art instructional book “Incredible Comics With Tom Nguyen: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Kick-ass Comic Art” debuted today.
I heard that Impact, the publishers, brought 50 copies to Comic Con and they were snapped up in an instant. Tom had only one copy left to show at his table throughout the con, and many pros who stopped by to leaf through it said that it was one of the best instructional books they’d seen in years. (And they said it BEFORE Tom slipped them the $100 bill, so you know it’s on the up and up.)
I actually did not buy this today. The reason being that there’s only one copy on the “New This Week” shelf at Jimmy Jams and I want some other patron to see it and buy it. Next week, the replacement copy would just be amongst the art instructional books. So I’ll hold off and get it later, after giving this one a chance to find its way into the hands of someone else.
But I did look through it. When I flipped it open, it went right to the page about drawing boobs correctly. (Prurient content in a Tom Nguyen book? Say it ain’t so!) Granted, that sounds funny, but given how many wanna-be artists (and working artists, sadly) have no idea how to draw breasts, or how fabric interacts with breasts, or how breasts move, or (probably) what they feel like, it’s worth doling out some instructions on the matter. This is why Tom has made it his life’s mission to study them in great detail every hour of every day.
Nice work if you can get it.
All kidding aside, it was a thrill to see Tom’s book on the stands today. I know he’s been working on it for quite some time; it’s nice to see that it’s out and it’s a hit. Way to go, Tom!
(Look for a review…with more honest appraisal and less friendly taunting… when I get my review copy in the mail with the $100 bill.)