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Comics Are Great! 04 – Expressionist Comics

October 11, 2010 by  
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Whether you’re an extroverted or an introverted creator, I think this discussion has something to offer you. This time I talk with Kim Holm about audience engagement and expressing emotions in comics storytelling.

We begin with some talk about the possibilities for interaction and collaborative storytelling provided by webcomics models, using Kim’s excellent Space Monkey as a basis for meditation. Throughout our discussion we investigate how one can re-invent how a story is created by opening up the process to the audience, and how one must think like a Game Master in order to guide the story into a narrative.

We close with some thoughts on the role of Expressionistic thinking in making comics. Whether you’re using lines, moment choices, or color, comics affords a storyteller the opportunity to explore the emotional and tonal content of a story with great immediacy. But how much is too much expressionism?

Kim will be at the UP! Fair this November 19th & 20th in Lexington, Kentucky. I hope you’ll be able to attend and avail yourself of some of the hands-on workshops there. Kim will be leading some himself!

You can get Kim’s book, 19 Charges Against the Young Herr Holm for Gross Self-Propoganda here!

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One Response to “Comics Are Great! 04 – Expressionist Comics”
  1. Zach Bosteel says:

    Kim says line is not an abstraction of reality, but something imaginary you bend to imitate reality. I think he’s on to a subtle and exciting distinction there. I think a line can be an abstraction… starting from the point of something real and making it something imaginary. But I also think it might work the other way.

    Webster’s tells me the antonym of abstract is concrete. Maybe a line is not always an abstraction of reality, but sometimes a concretion of the imaginary. And in this way you can very easily put the real next to the unreal, and let them live together comfortably in the minds of your viewer. One language, but two ways of speaking.