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Jerzy and Dave Roman connect the worlds of comics, graphic novels, and kid lit. Join the Kids' Comics Revolution!

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CAG! 88 – Make Your Story as Awesome as a Game, with Eli Neiburger and Dave Carter

November 26, 2013 by  
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Video games in libraries, what cartoonists can learn from video games, and more!

We’ve all heard the dig: a book starts with a map, and many readers immediately tune out. But there are plenty of stories about the excitement gamers felt when opening up the big Zelda or Metroid map in Nintendo Power Magazine. What’s the difference here?

How might our approach to storytelling change when we study a good gaming experience? I’ve talked with a game designer about this on the Lean Into Art Cast, but this time I’m joined by David Carter, Librarian at the University of Michigan’s Computer and Video Game Archive, and Eli Neiburger, Associate Director of IT and Production at the Ann Arbor District Library and author of Gamers… In the LIBRARY?. Together we’ll explore how storytellers might steal from games to give their readers that “epic win face.”

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CAG! 87 – What Makes a Story Scary? With Eric Orchard and Jon David Guerra

November 25, 2013 by  
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Horror! Thrillers! Bera the One Headed Troll, Nightmare Pro Wrestling, and more!

How do you make a horror story in a static medium like comics? What are the tricks to building dread and suspense? And how does visual style contribute to creating images that are unsettling or frightening?

I’m joined by cartoonists Jon David Guerra and Eric Orchard, who help us uncover some of the dark secrets of haunting your readers with your story.

We close with another round of book recommendations with Rachel Moir of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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CAG! 86 – Getting Out From Under Your Medium with Jake Parker and Kohl Glass

November 7, 2013 by  
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Missile Mouse! Orc Wars! Jake Parker, Kohl Glass, and more!

There is so much to learn and master in making comics. Drawing, design, composition, pacing, color, and sound all stand ready to bewilder us as we try to communicate our ideas and stories.

And while intense work and study in our medium is often an honored notion, how might studying other mediums change how we view and choose between the various visual storytelling tools to which we have access?

It’s a fun discussion with NYT bestselling artist Jake Parker and Emmy Award-winning writer and director Kohl Glass on how to look at the comics medium afresh by studying other visual storytelling disciplines.

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CAG! 85 – Your Compositions Tell The Story with Nicolas Bannister

November 7, 2013 by  
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Elsewhere Chronicles! Bande dessinée! Famous Shoes! Nicolas Bannister, and more!

What are the secrets to designing a world that your readers will believe in? How do you compose panels that communicate tone, tension, blocking, and character? If the “camera” in comics can be anywhere, how do you navigate the nearly infinite choices to create moments that tell the story?

I’m joined by Nicolas Bannister, artist of many amazing comics including The Elsewhere Chronicles and Tib & Tumtum, for a discussion on the narrative power of choosing the right angles in your panels.

Later we’re joined by Sharon Iverson 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!):

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Comics Are Great! 84 – Should You do Free Work “for Exposure?”

November 7, 2013 by  
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Working for money vs. working on spec, Ryan Estrada, and more!

Is there anything wrong with agreeing to do some work for free? After all, it might catch on with the Internet, and you can cash in later.

And this is the webcomics model, after all! You put out consistent and professional-quality work for free, hoping to attract an audience, and only begin to sell to them once you’ve got 5,000 fans or more. It’s an investment!

Or you may just be doing your work for “the sake of art.” And if this is so, what’s wrong with others asking you to do the same work, in the same name, for them?

I’m joined by Ryan Estrada, creator of the @forexposure_txt Twitter account and producer of the For Exposure dramatic readings series, for a discussion on the perils and misconceptions of “working on spec.”

Later we’re joined by Sharon Iverson 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!):

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Comics Are Great! 83 – Drawing Dynamic with Tony Cliff

November 7, 2013 by  
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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!

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KCR! 12 – ALA Annual with Chris Giarrusso and Matt Phelan

September 20, 2013 by  
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Artist Alley! Storm in the Barn! G-Man! Secret Science Alliance! And More!
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Tabling at conventions is an integral part of how cartoonists promote their work.

But now that the American Library Association has opened up an artist alley for graphic novelists at their Annual Conference, we’ve got a brand new venue with an entirely different set of expectations. How do things change when selling your work to librarians instead of the general public?

We’re joined by cartoonists Chris Giarrusso and Matt Phelan, who help us bridge that gap and reveal how librarians are our best allies in connecting our books with the readers we’re looking for.

We’ve also got a book talk from teen contributors Shelby and Sara!

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Audio hosting and production provided by the Ann Arbor District Library.

This episode features songs by The Phenomonauts and Morrissey. Theme music by Harry and the Potters.

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Thunder Punch Daily 150 – What Tools Should You Use?

September 10, 2013 by  
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For the 150th episode I break format and answer an email rather than come in with a formulated essay on comic-making. But I think there’s an essay in there somewhere as I give a report on what tools I use to make comics as of September 2013.

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Voiceover by Tara Platt
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Comics Are Great! 82 – Funding Your Kickstarter with C. Spike Trotman and Laur Uy

September 10, 2013 by  
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Crowdfunding! Kickstarter! Self-Publishing! Getting the Word Out!

Hooray! Thanks to services Kickstarter and Indiegogo, we finally have a mechanism to fund our dream project! But is it as easy as just asking your friends or audience to support your thing? It sounds like a lot of work. And how do you avoid annoying everyone with tweets and updates during the campaign’s run? Suppose I raise a boatload of money during the campaign: Do I get to keep the extra income, or does it have to go back into the project?

I’m joined by C. Spike Trotman and Laurianne Uy on how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign. Spike and Laur spill their secrets to engaging an audience, managing costs, and building a system of reward tiers that will elicit support for your dream project.

We also have our regular round of book recommendations with AADL PLA Rachel Moir!

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KCR! 11 – Aaron Renier & KCR! Award Winners LIVE at ALA Annual

August 24, 2013 by  
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Kids Comics Awards, Unsinkable Walker Bean, ALA GN Stage & more!
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We’re on the red carpet getting ready for a special awards edition of the Kids’ Comics Revolution!

There are many awards for cartoonists and authors. The Harveys, The Eisners, The Ignatz, and even more in the world of children’s book publishing.

And while every one of these awards are terrific honors and vehicles to introduce audiences to worthy works, might not there be room for one more award to specifically honor the authors of kids’ comics?

We have a special panel discussion about the Kids’ Comics Revolution! Awards recorded live at the 2013 American Library Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois. We’re we are joined by Aaron Renier, author of The Unsinkable Walker Bean.

We’re also joined by librarians Laura Given and Jess Stork Glicoes, who pick up the banners and sound the charge for the Kids’ Comics Revolution!

Check out the KCR! Awards Ceremony held at Kids Read Comics 2013!

Photo of Jeff Kinney winner of Best Cartoonist and Best Comic/Novel Hybrid in the 2013 KCR Comics Awards!

Jeff Kinney with awards

Additional Photos & Complete List of Winners in the KCR! Kids Comics Awards.

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