Comics Are Great! 37 – Adobe Illustrating

November 21, 2011 by  
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We’ve got two super cartoonists in the studio this week for a discussion on digital vs analog tools, with a demonstration on how to draw with what might be the program that perplexes the most cartoonists–Adobe Illustrator! And who better to demo than Jannie Ho, children’s book illustrator and comics artist, widely known for her […]

Comics Are Great! 33 – Teens Make Comics

October 24, 2011 by  
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In this Comics Are Great “Special,” we have a panel discussion with some local teen cartoonists at the Ann Arbor District Library Mallets Creek Branch. Snow, Olivia, Natalia, and Caleb are all people under the age of 18 who have demonstrated a deep enthusiasm for telling stories through our medium, and they take some time […]

Comics Are Great! 30 – Shape and Variance

October 6, 2011 by  
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It’s all about character design this time, featuring the return of Jake Parker and Gale Williams! With Tyler James’ 30 Characters Challenge right around the corner, it’s time to think a little about what specific concerns face a cartoonist when making up their fictional people. Jake brings a stellar presentation to explain how a basic […]

Comics Are Great! 28 – Watch Out, Kids! Zombies Bite

September 22, 2011 by  
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It’s a discussion on walking the line when making comics for young people, as I’m joined by Mark Mariano. We talk about the difference between thrilling and shocking an audience, the value in being explicit with your story’s messages, and developing an inner barometer to measure whether your story moments are appropriate for kids. We’re […]

Comics Are Great! 24 – I’m a Doctor, I know Science

August 26, 2011 by  
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This one goes out to any young or beginning cartoonists who are wondering what to expect as they enter the world of promoting their work and making a living at this comics stuff! We’re joined by Christopher Hastings, artist/writer of Dr. McNinja and writer of the new Fear Itself: Deadpool mini-series, who shares some terrific thoughts […]

Comics Are Great! 23 – Experiments and Limitations

August 21, 2011 by  
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As someone once said about comics, “it’s all limitations”, and this week I’m joined by two terrific cartoonists for a discussion on working within limitations and experimenting to find new forms of expression in comics. As it turns out, these experiments also serve to jump-start one’s creativity, regardless of which form or genre in which […]

Video: Visual Rhythms Class

August 18, 2011 by  
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As I port over all of my video content created for the recently-concluded Art & Story Supreme service, I found this neat video from one of my comics classes. I compare comics storytelling to the poetry of ee cummings and branch out into a lesson on what I see as three layers of visual rhythm […]

Thunder Punch Daily 136 – Spine Up, Spine Down

July 25, 2011 by  
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Today I share a simplified way of thinking about approaching gestures and body language in your stories. Breaking emotions into two categories and corresponding them to “spine up” and “spine down” is a slick little way to get some good acting moments out of your characters. Subscribe through iTunes RSS (thunderpunchdaily): Play in new […]

Thunder Punch Daily 117 – The Art of Conversation

April 29, 2011 by  
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Today I share an exercise I’ve used in my classrooms to teach some vital comics storytelling skills. By drawing a conversation sequence, we explore moment choices, scenery, emotional context, acting moments, and best of all, word balloon placement! Also mentioned some great lettering tutorials over at Balloon Tales. Subscribe through iTunes RSS (thunderpunchdaily): Play […]

Thunder Punch Daily 113 – Shape, Size, & Line

April 25, 2011 by  
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Continuing my series of TPDs recorded on my drive to Grant, Michigan for the Kids Read Comics Super Fun Tour, I ruminate on some classroom interactions I’ve been having lately that remind me of some of the basic concepts of comics storytelling. Three key ingredients seem to be Shape, Size, and Line. Subscribe through iTunes […]

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