Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
Amazon.com describes the book this way:
Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics was published in 1993, just as "Comics Aren't Just for Kids Anymore!" articles were starting to appear and graphic novels were making their way into the mainstream, and it quickly gave the newly respectable medium the theoretical and practical manifesto it needed. With his clear-eyed and approachable analysis - done using the same comics tools he was describing - McCloud quickly gave "sequential art" a language to understand itself. McCloud made the simplest of drawing decisions seem deep with artistic potential.
Thirteen years later, following the Internet evangelizing of Reinventing Comics, McCloud has returned with Making Comics.
Designed as a craftsperson's overview of the drawing and storytelling decisions and possibilities available to comics artists, covering everything from facial expressions and page layout to the choice of tools and story construction, Making Comics, like its predecessors, is also an eye-opening trip behind the scenes of art-making, fascinating for anyone reading comics as well as those making them.
Review by John Erickson, July 2007:
A quick read, but a great one. This guide to the techniques of graphic story telling (a.k.a. comics) is presented almost entirely in comic book format, and is a must read for anyone interested in writing or drawing comics of any kind (series comics, graphic novels, manga, comic strips, etc.).