Comics Are Great! 78 – Cartoon Appeal with Chris Giarrusso
Designing characters with appeal, G-Man, writing from life, and more!
It’s hard enough to learn how to draw, but things get even dicier when we start talking about what it takes to create appeal. Fortunately I’m joined by Chris Giarrusso of the eminently appealing G-Man series and Dave Carter of the University of Michigan comics and video game Library. Together we discuss how using kid logic, exploring character choices, and trusting your voice are essential elements to creating a story with appeal.
We’ve also got another round of book recommendations with Sharon Iverson of the Ann Arbor District Library!
Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting them!):
- G-Man vol. 3 is out now!
- The Kids Read Comics pre-conference: Comics, Collections, and the Common Core, June 21!
- The Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards, where kids vote on their favorite comics
- The Stuff Said podcast (episodes 1 and 2 feature an in-depth interview with Chris)
- Silver Age Comics
- Comic Strip Syndication
- All the things you can’t do in animation
- Dan Mishkin
- Wendy, Marvin, and Wonderdog
- Delilah Dirk
- The Oatmeal
- Cyanide and Happiness
- Paul Giamatti
Chris’ G-Man commercial (a great parody of the infamous Rob Liefeld Levi’s commercial)
- Justice League Unlimited, Vol 1
- Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
- Ghandi: a Manga Biography
- Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales
- Will and Whit
- The Mighty Skullboy Army