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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 […]

Comics Are Great! 81 – Pacific Rim and the Analytic Eye

July 15, 2013 by  
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Pacific Rim! Jaegers! Kaiju! Dave Roman! and Spoilers! I’m joined by Dave Roman for a talk on how the author’s analytic eye affects his or her enjoyment of media. What happens when you can’t stop picking at story when reading a book or watching a film? Besides making you insufferable at parties, are there any […]

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 […]

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