Comics Are Great! 23 – Experiments and Limitations

August 21, 2011 by  
Filed under CAG Podcast, News, Podcasts

As someone once said about comics, “it’s all limitations”, and this week I’m joined by two terrific cartoonists for a discussion on working within limitations and experimenting to find new forms of expression in comics. As it turns out, these experiments also serve to jump-start one’s creativity, regardless of which form or genre in which you’re most at home.

Matt Feazell is the creator behind the legendary Cynicalman comic series, who shares a video during the show–a first for CAG– the trailer to the new Cynicalman movie he’s been working on.

Matt Madden is the co-author of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures and the DW&WP blog, where you can find some terrific resources to learning how to make and teach comics. He shares a bunch of terrific insights on the value he’s found in making experimental comics like his The Woods Transmissions, 99 Ways to Tell a Story : Exercises in Style (site with samples here), and Oubapo, the Workshop for Potential Comics.

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2 Responses to “Comics Are Great! 23 – Experiments and Limitations”
  1. demophon says:

    Wow. Excellent episode. I’ve got the ‘Drawing Words & Writing Pictures’ book & I Love Matt’s work. I’m always interested to hear what he’s up to. Really great stuff Jerzy =)

  2. maximillionm says:

    Crazy how such a limited concept as a guy going to a fridge in nine panels is when realised so mind-blowingly expansive and provoking. I’m just starting out with comics and man, I’m picking up creative storytelling options quicker than I know what to do with them! Bit scary in a way, but exciting too.

    I’m working on my first comic and after some trial and error I’ve limited myself to 24 pages of a certain size in three loose acts. I’m also finding that limits fall in place as the key building blocks of the story or composition gradually emerge and solidify. So the spaces left between those key features form their own little limitation fueled creative challanges.

    Within those limitations I actually can’t help it being highly experimental from a personal point of view because I have only a vague idea of what I’m doing! 🙂 hehe.

    I’m finding lots of fun things – like panels emerging that have ambigious reading directions but that capture the idea/feel in the sequence I’m going for. Or panels that “happen” simulatansouly but you instinctively choose which to focus on first. Don’t know how it will all work out, but I’m having fun and learning, so I’m just going for it and playing around whilst trying to get the basics working okay also. I’m really enjoying experimenting with the relationship between the exploration of the subject of the comic and the exploration of the form it takes… whilst being sure to actually progress to a finished product!

    I’ve added the Drawing Words and Writing Pictures book to my wishlist.

    Thanks for the episode Jerzy.