Comics Are Great! 10 – Finding Story Through Math?
It’s some more visual storytelling talk, this time with Simpsons storyboard artist and cartoonist Luis Escobar!
We spend a little bit of time at the top discussing his work on a recent controversial Simpsons couch gag, followed by an attempt to find a proper name to what people have been calling “motion comics”. It’s a terrific medium, but is it appropriate to call them comics?
From there we dive into a discussion on a new project Luis has been working on, and how the Dramatica writing system has been changing his creative process. If you’ve ever participated in a game of Dungeons & Dragons, you might find Dramatica a familiar method of story and character building!
Links mentioned in this episode:
- The Heart & The Bottle book for the iPad (video)
- Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert McKee
- The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell
- Dramatica: A New Theory of Story, by Melanie Phillips
- The free Dramatica audio book series
- The crazy Dramatica story structure chart (PDF)
- Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud
- Luis’ Illustrated Trip to Italy
- Luis’ animatic teaser showing Rob facing off with the sorcerers
- Ghettomation, a terrific animation podcast