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CAG! 106 – Talent or Effort? with Zack Giallongo

December 6, 2014 by  
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Broxo! Ewoks! Shakespeare! Banjo music, and more!

It’s time to unbox the age-old question of Talent vs. Effort on Comics Are Great!

How does your comics work change when you shift your focus from “expressing yourself” to “putting in the effort?” Are these terms mutually exclusive, or does the focus oscillate between those poles throughout the project? If so, how do you know when it’s time to change your focus?

I’m joined by Zack Giallongo, cartoonist behind Broxo, Star Wars: Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, and the Stratford Zoo Midnight Review series. Together we explore how a career in cartooning is equal parts creative expression and herculean effort, and how one finds balance between the two.

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

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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CAG! 105 – Banned Books

December 6, 2014 by  
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Challenged Comics! Censorship! Dave Carter, and more!

Join us for a discussion on Banned Books Week with David Carter, Librarian at the University of Michigan’s Comics and Video Game Archive. Together we explore censorship in comics and ways we can better advocate for our medium.

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

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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December 05, 2014 at 10:53AM

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Talking about the power of journaling on the Lean Into Art Cast!

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I had a great time talking with +Rob Stenzinger about our experiences in the recently completed #artsoundoff  Challenge. Together we explored how journaling helps our art, and how audio journaling unlocks other unforeseen benefits in a creative career.

Listen to the show here: http://ift.tt/1A0sgTg

Or watch it on YouTube: http://ift.tt/12HWuQW

#art   #journaling   #writing   #podcasting  

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December 04, 2014 at 03:00PM

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So neat to see what the #artsoundoff event has inspired!

Owen Jollands
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I have a new blog post on my website about last month's Art Soundoff challenge and have managed to collect together all of my journal podcasts.
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December 03, 2014 at 04:58PM

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Capturing our reflections on the Art SoundOff Challenge on the LIA Cast!

We've just completed the inaugural Art SoundOff (http://artsoundoff.com), where Rob and Jerzy challenged each other to record a journal microcast every day during the month of November, 2014. We opened the challenge to the public, and were happy to see a number of you play along.

Now that we're done, it's time for reflection. How are we different after this? What did we discover about ourselves or our work? How will this experience change our future endeavors? Did we find any new things to hope for in our work or in the community surrounding it?

Join us for another live stream of the Lean Into Art Cast where we'll reflect on our own experiences in the Art SoundOff Challenge. We'll also read some of the reflections shared by other participants.

You can participate during the discussion via the Hangouts event page.

Reflecting on the Art SoundOff Challenge – LIA Cast 117

*Capturing our reflections on the Art SoundOff Challenge on the LIA Cast!*

We’ve just completed the inaugural Art SoundOff (http://artsoundoff.com), where Rob and Jerzy challenged each other to record a journal microcast every day during the month of November, 2014. We opened the challenge to the public, and were happy to see a number of you play along.

Now that we’re done, it’s time for reflection. How are we different after this? What did we discover about ourselves or our work? How will this experience change our future endeavors? Did we find any new things to hope for in our work or in the community surrounding it?

Join us for another live stream of the Lean Into Art Cast where we’ll reflect on our own experiences in the Art SoundOff Challenge. We’ll also read some of the reflections shared by other participants.

You can participate during the discussion via the Hangouts event page.


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December 03, 2014 at 09:57AM

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Comics Are Great! Streams live today at 12:30pm ET!

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Just a reminder that today I'll be talking with +John Green, the creator of the upcoming Hippopotamister from First Second Books. We're going to spend an hour or so talking about the special powers that "animal characters" have in comics storytelling.

You can watch the video an comment during the stream over at the G+ Hangout page, here: http://ift.tt/1rOhJpR

#comics   #graphicnovels   #animals   #hippos  

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December 02, 2014 at 02:20PM

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Writing from life at the next Webcomics Lab
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The monthly "writers' group for cartoonists" in Ann Arbor, MI is happening Wednesday, December 10, from 6-8 pm at the Ann Arbor District Library's Mallet's Creek branch.

Details here: http://ift.tt/1yEq8B5

Our special guest will be +Carolyn Nowak, artist behind the webcomic Lazy (http://ift.tt/1yEq8Bb). Carolyn has also contributed to the popular Lumberjanes series and worked for Cartoon Network. So she's a great resource to get some insights on your latest project!

Hope to see you there!

#comics   #webcomics   #annarbor  

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December 02, 2014 at 11:06AM

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How to get your comic into libraries

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The 100th episode of the +Comics Are Great! show, recorded live in front of a studio audience, has dropped into the YouTube and podcast feeds. It's a terrific discussion on why libraries continue to be one of the most important venues for comics and comics events. I'm joined by cartoonist +Gregg Schigiel of the Stuff Said podcast, librarian +Laura Given, and librarian +Erin Helmrich.

Watch and listen here: http://ift.tt/1ybQEiI

#comics   #graphicnovels   #libraries   #librarians   #literacy   #books  

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CAG! 100 – Getting Your Comic Into Libraries

December 2, 2014 by  
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Gregg Schigiel! Laura Given! Erin Helmrich! Finding new audiences for your work, and more!

It’s the 100th episode of the Comics Are Great show, recorded live before a studio audience at the 2014 Kids Read Comics Celebration!

I’m joined by guest co-host Gregg Schigiel of the Stuff Said Show, librarian Laura Given, and librarian Erin Helmrich. Together we discuss the growing importance of libraries in the world of comics, and how cartoonists can better connect with libraries to promote the medium.

We also spend a bit of time talking about Gregg’s new comic, PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND, which is available for pre-order in Previews now! Item #DEC141546

Links mentioned:

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

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

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December 01, 2014 at 12:03PM

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Talking about the special communicative power of the cartoon on Comics Are Great!

Anthropomorphic comics characters have enjoyed a wide appeal almost since the invention of the comic. Who doesn't love Snoopy? Characters like Garfield have inspired an entire generation of professional cartoonists. Even the critically-acclaimed Maus featured talking animal characters.

So what is it about "animals doing people things" that's so compelling? Why are we so willing to invest in a character whose design is so defiantly absurd and unrealistic?

On the next +Comics Are Great! show I'll be joined by +John Green , co-creator of the Teen Boat! graphic novels and creator of the upcoming Hippopotamister, published by First Second Books (http://ift.tt/10QUKTS). Together we'll unlock the secret powers held within "funny animal characters."

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

Recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library (http://comics.aadl.org)

#comics   #graphicnovels   #animals   #firstsecondbooks  

Animals Doing People Things – CAG 107

Talking about the special communicative power of the cartoon on Comics Are Great!

Anthropomorphic comics characters have enjoyed a wide appeal almost since the invention of the comic. Who doesn’t love Snoopy? Characters like Garfield have inspired an entire generation of professional cartoonists. Even the critically-acclaimed _Maus_ featured talking animal characters.

So what is it about “animals doing people things” that’s so compelling? Why are we so willing to invest in a character whose design is so defiantly absurd and unrealistic?

On the next @111237521512731594998 show I’ll be joined by @101552670799623530193 , co-creator of the _Teen Boat!_ graphic novels and creator of the upcoming _Hippopotamister_, published by First Second Books (http://ift.tt/10QUKTS). Together we’ll unlock the secret powers held within “funny animal characters.”

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

Recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library (http://comics.aadl.org)

#comics   #graphicnovels   #animals   #firstsecondbooks  


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