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CAG! 101 – Kids v. Adults with Gregg Schigiel and Connor

September 20, 2014 by  
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Comics Are Great! returns with a battle between kid and adult authors!

We grown-up cartoonists think we know what kids are and aren’t picking up on in our work. After all, we were kids once! But memory can be fickle testimony, so in the next Comics Are Great! I’ll be joined by 12-year-old cartoonist Connor to talk about what he perceives to be the anatomy of a good story for kids.

I’ll also be joined by Gregg Schigiel, creator of PIX: One Weirdest Weekend, artist on Spongebob Comics, and host of the Stuff Said podcast.

If you haven’t seen Gregg and Connor in action, they led some events at the 2014 Kids Read Comics festival in Ann Arbor, MI. You can see their banter during the Kids Comics Award show held that weekend here.
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September 20, 2014 at 01:53AM

September 20, 2014 by  
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Dan Mishkin and me on the Vault of Midnight Podcast

+Dan Mishkin and I had a terrific time talking about The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation Into the Kennedy Assassintation with Nick on the Super Skull podcast, recorded at the +Vault OfMidnight comics store in Ann Arbor. Together we discussed why we chose to approach the subject matter in comics form and how we managed to do so.

After you listen to the discussion, you can check out The Warren Commission Report here: http://ift.tt/RHNkgH

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September 19, 2014 at 07:02PM

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If you want to make big strides in your art, do not miss this event!

+Brandon Dayton is the cartoonist behind the award-winning comic Green Monk and has worked on game projects such as Disney Infinity. The guy has bags of techniques and insights to share.


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Check out the live art coaching I'll be doing with Kent Berame. You can sign up by becoming a patron on Patreon:

http://ift.tt/1lCr1rf

Art Coaching

Check out the live art coaching I’ll be doing with Kent Berame. You can sign up by becoming a patron on Patreon:

http://ift.tt/1lCr1rf

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CAG! 104 – Talking Muppets Most Wanted, with Dave Roman

September 19, 2014 by  
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Muppets Most Wanted, Perils of Retreading, and more!

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It’s another special audio-only “therapy session” of Comics Are Great! I’m joined by Dave Roman for a discussion on Muppets Most Wanted. Together we explore how this film scratched many of the itches we were left with after The Muppets movie, how revisiting a franchise almost demands self-referential humor, and why Constantine is one of the best cartoon villains of all time.

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CAG! 99 – Code of Hero, with Jamie Gambell

September 19, 2014 by  
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Talking about independent publishing on the Comics Are Great! show!

This time I’m joined by Jamie Gambell, writer of The Hero Code, for a discussion on the various channels available to us when publishing our comics independently. With so many options like Kickstarter, Comixology, IndyPlanet, Patreon, and publishing on the web, how do you find the right option for your comic?

David Carter, Programming Librarian at the University of Michigan’s Computer and Video Game Archive, also stops by to share some exciting announcements about the Kid’s Read Comics pre-conference for educators, librarians, and cartoonists.

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Comics and book recommendations:

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

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CAG! 98 – The Performance Cartoonist, with Mark Mariano

September 19, 2014 by  
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Talking about getting out from behind the desk and reaching out to new fans on the Comics Are Great! show!

We all know that making the work is only half of the battle facing an author or cartoonist these days. Once the work is done you have to market the work, and for many of us this means posting to social media, email lists, making YouTube trailers, and hitting the convention circuits. For many of us this can be an unpleasant part of the deal that comes with being an author.

But how might our thinking change if we think of ourselves as an author/performer? On this episode I’m joined by Mark Mariano, kids’ author of The Other Side of Hugless Hill, and member of the rock band The O>Matics, for a discussion on how advocacy can be a fun way to reach out to potential fans and spread awareness of your work.

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Comics and Book Recommendations:

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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September 16, 2014 at 03:49PM

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The Atlantic Online reviews The Warren Commission Report documentary comic, and they get what the book's about.

I couldn't ask for a better review of our book, especially on its release day.

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September 16, 2014 at 12:37PM

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The Warren Commission Report is in print and digital today!

50 years ago this month The Warren Commission released its findings on the assassination of President Kennedy. +Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colón, and I made a documentary comic book that uses the medium to illuminate what the controversies surrounding that tragic event are about and why they've persisted to this day.

The comic was released in book stores everywhere today. You can contact your local retailer to find a copy: http://ift.tt/1t7gHIZ

Or you can get it digitally for your Kindle or through +comiXologyhttp://ift.tt/1t7gHJ3

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September 15, 2014 at 09:50PM

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Talking about walking the line between eerie and cute on CAG!

In this special unscheduled episode of the Comics Are Great! show I'll be joined by +eric orchard, cartoonist behind Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch, published by Top Shelf (http://goo.gl/3U0J9z). Maddy Kettle is a plucky young girl who faces witches, vampire bats, and spider goblins, yet never loses hope or refuses help when asked. She is assisted by friendly ballon-riding bears, banjo-playing raccoons, and vampire bats. So is this a creepy story or a light-hearted adventure? Maybe it can be both, thanks to the special affordances that only comics can offer! 

Join us for a discussion on how comics is the perfect medium to blend opposite elements together and produce something new.

You can participate in the discussion via comments on the G+ Hangout event page.

#comics   #comicbooks   #graphicnovels   #kidlit  

Blending Cute and Eerie – CAG 103

*Talking about walking the line between eerie and cute on CAG!*

In this special unscheduled episode of the Comics Are Great! show I’ll be joined by @115150834179663036977, cartoonist behind _Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch_, published by Top Shelf (http://goo.gl/3U0J9z). Maddy Kettle is a plucky young girl who faces witches, vampire bats, and spider goblins, yet never loses hope or refuses help when asked. She is assisted by friendly ballon-riding bears, banjo-playing raccoons, and vampire bats. So is this a creepy story or a light-hearted adventure? Maybe it can be both, thanks to the special affordances that only comics can offer! 

Join us for a discussion on how comics is the perfect medium to blend opposite elements together and produce something new.

You can participate in the discussion via comments on the G+ Hangout event page.

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September 15, 2014 at 09:49PM

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+Ryan Estrada is at it again–this time he's teaching you how to speak Russian in 15 minutes!

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If you haven't checked out his Patreon campaign yet, you really should. He's got more terrific instructional comics there, including How To Count To A Billion in Korean, An Introduction to Love Hotels, and some terrific podcasts available to patrons only (you can support him for as little as $1).

Check it all out here: http://ift.tt/1sx9vXr

#comics   #webcomics  


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Learn To Read Russian in 15 Minutes! I did this one with my fabulous guest writer +Peter Starr Northrop!  If you want me to make these dang comics more often, visit my Patreon! http://ift.tt/XsgGmB

Learn to Read Russian in 15 Minutes

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