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! 77 – Action and Comedy with Tony Cliff and the Houghton Brothers!

May 22, 2013 by  
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Chris Houghton! Shane Houghton! Tony Cliff! And more! How do you design awesome action sequences? What’s the secret to writing scenes that make the audience roar with laughter? I know I couldn’t answer these questions on my own, so I’m grateful to be joined by the perfect roundtable for the job: Tony Cliff, author of […]

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 […]

Comics Are Great! 74 – Every Moment is the Moment of Truth with Thien Pham

March 11, 2013 by  
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Mini-Comics, Sumo, Tumblr Comics, Thien Pham, and more! This time we discover that Sumo wrestling can be a metaphor for the creative life thanks to the work of Thien Pham, author of Sumo from First Second Books. Together we explore how the philosophy of “every moment is the moment of truth” applies to just diving […]

Talking with Sumo's Thien Pham on today's Comics Are Great! live show

March 6, 2013 by  
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Talking with Sumo's Thien Pham on today's Comics Are Great! live show Join us live at 12:30pm ET at +thien pham is the author behind Sumo, a new graphic novel that explores the poetic affordances of comics storytelling. Today at 12:30 pm ET I'll be talking with him on the +Comics Are Great! show about the […]

This hit home for me

January 28, 2013 by  
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Something I've been struggling with a lot over the last couple of years, and helps reinforce some of my own conclusions. Reshared post from +Lean Into Art Before you give up…you may want to try changing it up +Dave Roman hits the mark with his latest blog post, providing an alternate point of view to […]

The Value of Silence

January 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog J.M. DeMatteis blogs about his experience writing Spectacular Spider-Man #200 and a moment where he came face-to-face with the moment where a writer's job is "deciding when to speak and when to shut up.  Deciding whether to go for a barrage of machine-gun dialogue, a series of powerful captions or to surrender to equally-powerful silence. […]

The benefits of warm up sketches/activities

January 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog Now that we've reflections and plans for 2013, there's nothing for it but to dive in and complete those goals, right? Easy! But time and again we find ourselves falling short of our goals, for a variety of reasons: – We sit down to do the work and don’t know where to begin– We […]

Comics Are Great! 69 – Talking Drama with Raina Telgemeier

December 20, 2012 by  
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Drama! Smile! Baby-Sitters Club! Raina Telgemeier! We close out the 2012 broadcast schedule with a special event! I’m joined by guest co-host Cassie, who helps me interview Raina Telgemeier about her latest graphic novel Drama. Together we talk about how Drama is a “spiritual sequel” to Smile, how an author might use their own experiences […]

Comics Are Great! 68 – Watson and Holmes

December 5, 2012 by  
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Sherlock Holmes, Rick Leonardi, Brandon Perlow, Paul Mendoza, and more! This time we talk with the team behind the new Watson and Holmes comic about iterating on public domain stories, new publishing strategies, and how a cartoonist might think about “acting” through their characters. And we’re joined once again by Sharon Iverson of the Ann […]

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