Comics Are Great! 62 – Writing Visually with Dan Santat
Topics: Writing, sketching, and finding your voice as an author.
As counter-intuitive as it may seem, illustration is only one small part of the overall effort in making comics. What really defines what a graphic novelist, cartoonist, or comics artist does happens at the thumbnail level. It’s there that you decide on the panel sizes, compositions, moment choices, character acting, and pacing of your story. A lot of visual writing happens when you’re thumbnailing! We’re lucky to be joined by Dan Santat this week, who offers some of his process and thinking that happens during this trying part of the comics-making procedure.
Erin Helmrich of the Ann Arbor District Library shows up later to share some more book recommendations and comics events happening in the Southeast Michigan area.
And we announce a CAG contest! You can enter to be a guest on an upcoming episode by participating in the #dramaday event happening September 1 and running through September 8. Details on Raina Telgemeier’s website.
Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting them!):
- Dan Santat’s Kel Gilligan special sale for the benefit of independent bookstores
- Sidekicks trailer
- Drama trailer
- Dan “wins” a Caldecott
- Dan’s “clones”
- Acid-washed jeans
- Vicks VapoRub
- Thumbnailing example by Matt Fraction
- Climbing Mount Everest – this is what making a graphic novel is like
- Wax on, wax off
- Citizen Kane
- Alfred Hitchcock films (for later “Hitchcocking”)
- Drawing Words & Writing Pictures
Comics and Book Recommendations (affiliate links):
Upcoming Comics Events in Southeast Michigan:
- Creating Noir Comics with Shawn Martinbrogh, August 29
- The Ann Arbor Comics Artist Forum with James Anderson, September 9