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    Any books on comic/animation special effects?

    Do you guys know of any books out there that deal with special effects in comic books? When it comes to things like smoke, fog, explosions, fire, magic, lasers, all that good stuff, it would be great to have a reference book but I’ve not been able to find anything that covers the subject.

    I had a look around the internet and Amazon and couldn’t see anything. I even looked at animation books but everything seems to be tailored towards 3D work.

    Anyone know of any books like this?

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    I have one book, Timing for Animation, that deals in some of that.
    As the title suggests it is primarily about planning out the timing for animation, but it has a fairly good section dealing with fire, explosions, splashes, clouds, and things of that nature.
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    Hi there,

    I work for Focal Press (who publish the aformentioned Timing for Animation). We have quite a few books on animation, though our fx ones tend to be 3D based.

    A list of our latest titles can be found here - http://www.focalpress.com/Content.as...ming#Animation - you may want to look at the Animation, Digital Art and Drawing sections. Although 3ds Max based Deconstructing the Elements with 3ds Max may be worth a lend from the library, as it discusses the thinking behind an effect, before showing you how to create it.

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    Aloha Boolean
    There's a few pages on the subject by hot shot artist Phil Jiminez (from Wizard's how to draw). If ya want, I can email 'em over to u...
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    Wowzers, there is some amazing stuff on that site. The smoke from the cigar, just fantastic.

    Thanks for the information everyone

    @ Mahran: Oh I'd feel bad making you do all that Which book were they from? The library near me might have it.
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