The graphic novel, which evolved from comic books, is now one of the publishing industry's fastest-growing media. Meanwhile, the pen, ink, and drawing-board method traditionally used by artists and writers to create graphic novels, is now being superceded by digital illustration and lettering. Perhaps even more revolutionary is the fact that the internet is starting to replace traditional book publishers as an important outlet for distributing graphic novels. From first inspiration to publication, this book teaches budding graphic novelists how and where to translate their drawing and storytelling talents into digitally-realized art. In easy-to-follow steps, the authors demonstrate-- How to ink and color illustrations using computer software How to create dialogue balloons and fill them with visually satisfying type fonts How to develop a story line and give dimension to the story's characters How to get a finished graphic novel noticed and published BR> Approximately 350 dramatic and instructive color illustrations complement the text.