Backgrounds can be a real problem. I always have to make sure not to make them to elaborate in order to be able to draw them from many angles and in many frames if I need to. But still they cant be to simple!
Understanding Comics: The invisible art. Scott McCloud
It covers much about comics, development, different kinds of style and so on. Not as much of a "How to do book" but very interesting.
The apprentice mangaka (manga) Akira Toriyama/akira sakuma
Covers most things form character development,frames,speach bubbles common mistakes and ink pens(this part is crap by the way everyone should use what works best for themselves) A very interesting part is one that shows comics that amateurs has sent in and the author points out whats good and bad about them. Of the two this book has been the most useful for me.
Ha ha, yes. My apologies. At least you understood what I meant.
I've seen McLoud's Reinventing Comics, which wasn't too bad. I can get a hold of Understanding, which I eventually will. But that book 'The Apprentice mangaka'-if I understood correctly- sounds awesome! I shall try and have a look see. But it appears that they have helped you a lot. So there's hope for me, yet! Thanks for the share of information!
Nono, that's the correct way to do it and your concentration lines are beautiful. But see, I can't draw a straight line to save my life. 99% of my concentration lines and background stuff like that are screentones I just copy-pasted using photoshop.