Petty Dreadful Progress: Comics Process, Soup to Nuts

February 29, 2012 by  
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Now that The Front: Petty Dreadful is underway with updates, I plan on blogging the process as I go. I talked about the whys in a recent Lean Into Art podcast. So how do I get from story idea to final comic page? It all starts with a combination of notebooks and Evernote. I jot […]

Thunder Punch Daily 145 – Thumbs of Terror

January 24, 2012 by  
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But when I start?I’m a beginner who knows nothing.Which, come to think of it, is a very good thing.⁰ — J.M. DeMatteis (@JMDeMatteis) January 24, 2012 Today I share some of my experiences in thumbnailing the new Front story I hope to start updating on Sugary Serials in February. I borrow some wisdom from J.M. […]

Comics Are Great! 39 – The Delilah Dirk Fan Club

December 1, 2011 by  
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This week we’re joined by Paul Storrie and Tony Cliff for a talk on doing your research when making a comic placed in a specific place or time–that is, when Paul and I aren’t too busy gushing over Tony’s Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. We start off with some talk on creating a premise […]

Comics Are Great! 35 – Gender Identity

November 10, 2011 by  
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It’s a discussion on the positive power of fantasy stories on this week’s Comics Are Great! podcast, as I’m joined by Joamette Gil and Brian Denham for a discussion on their new comic, Exile. Gil and Denham’s story features a transgender protagonist who faces cosmic challenges while also dealing with her own gender identity. But […]

Comics Are Great! 34 – Did Somebody Say Topic?

November 8, 2011 by  
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It’s a bit of a silly episode with a special surprise topic at the end. I’m joined by Paul Storrie, Alice Hunt, and Tracy Williams for a discussion on the physical hazards of making comics, the Captain America movie, My Little Pony, and finally some talk on writing. Thankfully Eli Neiburger joins us at the […]

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! 32 – Alchemical Science

October 22, 2011 by  
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It’s a discussion devoted to using the art of comics to celebrate history and science on this week’s Comics Are Great! But what might be the best part of the episode is how the discussion turns to a general talk about why comics are such an effective medium regardless of topic. I’m joined this week […]

Thunder Punch Daily 142 – 3 Roads to Character

October 6, 2011 by  
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Today I follow up on a discussion started in Comics Are Great! episode 30 with some thoughts on character design from a writing standpoint. I share three different aspects that I oscillate between when creating characters. Music for this show is by Eliott Drozd. Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing Voiceover by Tara Platt […]

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 […]

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