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 […]

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 […]

Pitching and Editing Graphic Novels

April 12, 2013 by  
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If you've wondered about the process of pitching a graphic novel and what editors are looking for, the latest episode of +Comics Are Great! is for you. Calista Brill, Senior Editor at First Second Books, provides tons of useful insights on the world of graphic novel publishing. Reshared post from +Comics Are Great! What makes a […]

Comics Are Great! 75 – Editing Graphic Novels with Calista Brill

April 12, 2013 by  
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Editing, writing, graphic novels, First Second Books, and more! I’m excited to talk with Calista Brill, Senior Editor at First Second Books, about the entire process of developing and publishing a graphic novel. What does a good pitch look like? What qualities are editors looking for in a graphic novel proposal? Once the book is […]

Finding your voice, writing for kids, and "Clown Time" in G.I

February 15, 2013 by  
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Joe: the Movie I have had the pleasure of being part of hundreds of hours of comics discussions on podcasts, but being interviewed by +Gregg Schigiel on the Stuff Said show ranks among the very top tier of pleasurable experiences. Together we talk about how one's goals shift and change as we get older, the difficulty in […]

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 […]

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