Matt Madden and Jessica Abel have just written and illustrated a great textbook on making comics. The pair were on NPR this afternoon, talking about the book:
Zander brought a copy into the office last week, and it's been difficult to put it down. The book is exactly what it sounds like: a big thick textbook that gets down to brass tacks on how to make a comic book. It features tons of info, from a detailed analysis of crow quill pen nibs to descriptions of the different kinds of transitions between panels. And the whole book is peppered with explanatory drawings from Matt and Jessica, and examples from other pro cartoonists.
This book is high on my list of "books I wish I could have read a long time ago."