Comics Are Great! 83 – Drawing Dynamic with Tony Cliff
Character Design! Delilah Dirk! Tony Cliff, and more!
Comics may be a static medium, but the best cartoonist create an illusion of movement so convincing we’ll often forget that we, the readers, are creating the movement in our minds. How do they do they pull off this trick? And what’s the “secret” to writing engaging and interesting casts? Is there one? Or is it a simple matter of doing one’s research and writing characters with contrast?
Tony Cliff of the recently released Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant stops by the show to share the secrets of creating dynamic and interesting characters, reference strategies for your story’s location, and “The Importance of Being Important.”
We’re joined at the end by Rachel Moir of the Ann Arbor District Library for another round of book recommendations!
Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):
- Tony’s appearance on CAG 77 -Action and Comedy
- Tony’s Tumblr
- Calista Brill (and check out Calista’s talk on pitching books on CAG 75!)
- Jerzy’s take on Delilah Dirk
- Eric Orchard
- Dan Mishkin
- Star Wars art books
- Elmore Leonard and his Ten Rules of Writing
- Jane Austen
- Jake Parker and his amazing Pinterest boards
- Corbis Images
- Jon Klassen’s refrence Tumblr
- Jerzy’s take on the Masters of the Universe
- Calvin and Hobbes: Santa’s a CIA Spook?
- Superman: Birthright
- Gunnerkrigg Court
- Koko Be Good
- Good Dog
- Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry
- Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
- Hilda and the Bird Parade