TPD 184 – Flying Bad Guy Colors

November 3, 2015 by  
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Today I talk about a lesson I’m taking to my new character design class, focusing specifically on comics villains. Links mentioned: The Art & Story podcast on iTunes Art Soundoff Boulder and Fleet: Adventurers for Hire Music for this show is by Eliott Drozd. Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing and IndyPlanet Digital Voiceover by Tara Platt Jerzy […]

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 […]

Thunder Punch Daily 149 – Why He-Man has that Mysterious Smile

August 23, 2013 by  
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Today I explain my thinking process behind the design of He-Man in that big Masters of the Universe pitch I recently put together, and use it as a modeling exercise to highlight the various elements of communication in character design. If, as Dan Mishkin once said, everything in a comic is unreal, making everything real, […]

Comics Are Great! 78 – Cartoon Appeal with Chris Giarrusso

May 23, 2013 by  
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Designing characters with appeal, G-Man, writing from life, and more! It’s hard enough to learn how to draw, but things get even dicier when we start talking about what it takes to create appeal. Fortunately I’m joined by Chris Giarrusso of the eminently appealing G-Man series and Dave Carter of the University of Michigan comics […]

Comics Are Great! 76 – Bringing the Gods to Life with George O’Connor

May 22, 2013 by  
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He-Man! Zeus! Posedion! Olympians rule! George O’Connor, and more! What better medium than comics to capture the majesty and mayhem of Greek Mythology? Especially in the hands of celebrated cartoonist George O’Connor, creator of The Olympians series from First Second books. Together we talk about kid logic, how an author must get to the heart of […]

Drawing For Myself – Karin

March 28, 2013 by  
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What’s this? A new entry in my series of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe re-imaginings? It’s been forever! Here’s my take on Karin from the Filmation episode The Wizard of Stone Mountain: KARIN – Pencilled on 5.5×8.25″ bristol, inked in Manga Studio EX4, colored in Photoshop. This is my entry for Lean Into […]

KCR! 05 – Zita the Spacegirl (Book Club)

September 27, 2012 by  
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Zita the Spacegirl! Ben Hatke! Book Reviews! Welcome to a special BOOK CLUB edition of Kids Comics Revolution! This episode is dedicated entirely to the graphic novel Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, published by First Second Books. We hear from kids, teachers, cartoonists, librarians, and maybe even a few aliens to find out what […]

Comics Are Great! 47 – The Voice

March 13, 2012 by  
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We’re joined by a very special guest on this episode to help us find a new angle to come at the topic of writing characters! Neil Kaplan (Digimon, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Power Rangers) joins us for a discussion on writing characters from the standpoint of a voice actor. How do you find that unique […]

Run, Heroes!

December 5, 2011 by  
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Doing some more style tests for the upcoming relaunch of The Front, and I thought I’d do a matching desktop for the Run, Mercenaries! one I did a few days back. Click for the full-sized image. Now the heroes and villains are running at each other like in the opening to Challenge of The Superfriends! […]

Comics Are Great! 40 – Jim Henson Was Complicated

December 1, 2011 by  
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WARNING: If you wish to avoid spoilers or opinions on The Muppets movie, I suggest that you save this episode until after you’ve seen the film. In this special audio-only episode of Comics Are Great! I’m joined by Dave Roman for a talk about the new Muppets film. We discuss some of the unique storytelling […]

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