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Comics Are Great! 62 – Writing Visually with Dan Santat

August 24, 2012 by  
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Topics: Writing, sketching, and finding your voice as an author. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, illustration is only one small part of the overall effort in making comics. What really defines what a graphic novelist, cartoonist, or comics artist does happens at the thumbnail level. It’s there that you decide on the panel sizes, […]

Comics Are Great! 60 – Getting Your Comics into Libraries with Erin Helmrich

August 10, 2012 by  
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Topics: Find new audiences through libraries, publishing, and self-promotion Many of us agree that web publishing is a terrific way to build an audience for your comic, graphic novel, or comic strip. It’s an easy, low-risk way for audiences to try before they buy. And the same is true for getting your books into libraries! […]

Testing Google+ Hangouts for CAG

July 23, 2012 by  
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Going to try something different with this week’s Comics Are Great! live stream. In what might be considered a follow-up to episode 31, I’ll be talking with Erin Helmrich, teen librarian and graphic novel selector at the Ann Arbor District Library, about how she selects what books get into the Library’s collection, why such collections […]

Comics Are Great! 57 – Eric Orchard and Scary Comics for Kids

May 31, 2012 by  
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This time we’re joined by Eric Orchard for a talk about his new kids’ horror comic Marrowbones. What are the special parameters one must consider when making a scary story for kids? How do you walk that line in a visual medium like comics? Also, a contest! For the folks who tuned in during the […]

Comics Are Great! 56 – Mark Waid

May 17, 2012 by  
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It’s a spirited talk about the future of comics publishing and storytelling opportunities available in digital comics this time, as I’m joined by comics legend Mark Waid. Using his new project Thrillbent as a starting point, we explore how digital publishing and web culture are challenging us to re-think 20th Century ideas of publishing and […]

Comics Are Great! 55 – Who Needs Flying Cars?

May 4, 2012 by  
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Digital comics in libraries. Comics textbooks in schools. Has the utopian future finally arrived? I’m joined this week by Eli Neiburger of the Ann Arbor District Library and Josh Elder of Reading With Pictures for a talk on the future of digital delivery and licensing in regards to comics. Josh’s new venture, the iVerse Media […]

Big Weekend of Comics Events!

April 19, 2012 by  
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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is nearly here, and there will be a ton of things for comics lovers to do that weekend! First up, we have another edition of my Family Comic Jam happening at the Ann Arbor District Library May 5, 2012 from 9 am-12 pm. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how a cartoonist uses […]

Comics Are Great! 52 – Draw! Draw! Draw!

April 10, 2012 by  
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It’s some fun talk about the effusive joy one finds in a life committed to art and getting others excited about art, as we’re joined by Mark Kistler, legendary host of the PBS series The Secret City Adventures and The Imagination Station. We talk about Mark’s career in teaching kids how to draw and his […]

Comics Are Great! 49 – Fear and Courage

March 22, 2012 by  
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This time I’m joined by cartoonist and children’s book illustrator Dan Santat for a discussion on the fear of failure most of us artists face at various times during our careers. Does the fear of failure drive us to do better? Does it prevent us from enjoying where we are? Or worse yet, can it […]

Comics Are Great! 48 – Writing for Girls

March 13, 2012 by  
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Is writing adventure fiction for girls really all that different than writing for other audiences? If so, can such a story be characterized? Tough questions, so this time I went to the best sources for answers! We’re joined by Dan Mishkin, co-creator of the legendary comics series Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld and Blue Devil (and co-organizer […]

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