CAG 110 – The Handwriting of Comics, with Mark Siegel

June 7, 2018 by  
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To make good comics and graphic novels, all you have to do is draw really well and write pretty well, then mix them together, right? Then why is it so challenging to make comics that connect with audiences? How do you describe that unnameable quality that makes certain art and stories arresting? After a long […]

CAG! 101 – Kids v. Adults with Gregg Schigiel and Connor

September 20, 2014 by  
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Comics Are Great! returns with a battle between kid and adult authors! We grown-up cartoonists think we know what kids are and aren’t picking up on in our work. After all, we were kids once! But memory can be fickle testimony, so in the next Comics Are Great! I’ll be joined by 12-year-old cartoonist Connor […]

CAG! 96 – The Positive Pro is Pro-Positive, with Jim Lujan

August 29, 2014 by  
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Talking about independent animation, working with what you got, and keeping on! In CAG 92 I talked with Ben Hatke about the importance of giving our heroes a reason to quit. Why? Because it’s so, so satisfying to see them not quit when all evidence suggests that quitting is the sensible solution. Why is that […]

CAG! 92 – Give Your Heroes a Reason to Quit with Ben Hatke

December 10, 2013 by  
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Zita the Spacegirl! Superman! Writing heroes, and more! I’m joined by Ben Hatke, author of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novels, for a talk on writing Really, Really Good Guys (and Gals). Together we discuss the appeal of a character who has an inner sense of what is right, the perils of writing ultra-powerful characters, […]

CAG! 88 – Make Your Story as Awesome as a Game, with Eli Neiburger and Dave Carter

November 26, 2013 by  
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Video games in libraries, what cartoonists can learn from video games, and more! We’ve all heard the dig: a book starts with a map, and many readers immediately tune out. But there are plenty of stories about the excitement gamers felt when opening up the big Zelda or Metroid map in Nintendo Power Magazine. What’s […]

CAG! 87 – What Makes a Story Scary? With Eric Orchard and Jon David Guerra

November 25, 2013 by  
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Horror! Thrillers! Bera the One Headed Troll, Nightmare Pro Wrestling, and more! How do you make a horror story in a static medium like comics? What are the tricks to building dread and suspense? And how does visual style contribute to creating images that are unsettling or frightening? I’m joined by cartoonists Jon David Guerra […]

CAG! 86 – Getting Out From Under Your Medium with Jake Parker and Kohl Glass

November 7, 2013 by  
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Missile Mouse! Orc Wars! Jake Parker, Kohl Glass, and more! There is so much to learn and master in making comics. Drawing, design, composition, pacing, color, and sound all stand ready to bewilder us as we try to communicate our ideas and stories. And while intense work and study in our medium is often an […]

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 […]

Comics Are Great! 80 – Public Domain Comics with Barry Gregory and Kim Holm

August 2, 2013 by  
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Copyright! Public Domain! Fair Use, and More! What is the benefit of working with public domain characters and stories? Is it just fun to play in “someone’s sandbox,” or is there a larger cultural benefit to authors building on and expanding the works of those who came before? What might happen if more creative works […]

Comics Are Great! 79 – The Final Superhero Discussion with Dan Mishkin and Dean Trippe

July 19, 2013 by  
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Superheroes! Batman! Superman! Dean Trippe! Dan Mishkin, and more! Over the past years we’ve seen more and more summer blockbusters featuring superhero characters and stories. Are they just fashionable again, or is there something to these kinds of stories that connects us to them? What characterizes an effective superhero story? I’m grateful to be joined […]

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