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Cartoonists and Copywork

Ivan Brunetti offers up the cartoonist’s version of copywork in his masterclass book – Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice Homework Assignment 8 reads: To the absolute best of your ability, create an exact replica of your favorite page. Do not trace. Any deviation from the original should be unintentional on you part; ineptitude and sloppiness are […]

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Four Panel Friday: Seth. Winter’s Cartoonist.

Merry Christmas! In my mind each season has a specific cartoonist assigned to it. John Porcellino is fall. None better than John at depicting a walk on a chilly fall day. Bill Watterson is summer. Watterson is an all season cartoonist, but his panels of Calvin and Hobbes’ summer break hi-jinks are unforgettable. We’ll go […]

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Cartoonist Lynda Barry keeps us going

I remember picking four comics that I was going to read for the rest of my life. And one of those was Family Circus. Lynda Barry Let Lynda Barry’s encouraging words on drawing and Canada and Family Circus, help you through today. Then go make some marks. Doodle. Sketch. Write a few bad sentences. Edit. […]

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Middle Earth Potential

Gandalf believed in Bilbo, Shire burglar. The dwarves? Not so much.

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Comic book artist Paul Pope on creative discipline

The discipline is to wake up in the morning, not turn on the machines you know just um… make some coffee and sit down and just draw whatever comes to your mind Paul Pope from: The Criterion Channel Studio Visits: Comic Artists on LONE WOLF AND CUB

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The influence of Lone Wolf and Cub on present day cartoonists

This Criterion Channel Studio Visits episode details the extensive influence Lone Wolf and Cub has had on comic creators. Paul Pope shares how Lone Wolf and Cub brought the manga tradition of emphasizing character development over traditional three act plots. Larry Hama explains how the fight scenes are depicted differently from their American counterparts. Lone […]

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Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles outlines

For a writer I associate so much with writing from the subconscious I was surprised to discover Ray Bradbury’s outlines for the Martian Chronicles. I’m astounded at Jonathan R. Eller and William F. Touponce’s dedication to the research and cataloging of Ray Bradbury’s fiction writing career. But it’s like Mr. Bradbury says: Everything I do […]

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Sketchbook Peek with Master Cartoonist Noah Van Sciver

Who doesn’t love a glimpse into an artist’s sketchbook? It’s like reading a diary. It’s like reading a journal. It’s like reading a MIND. Noah Van Sciver was open enough to let Frank Santoro and us take a peek. Have a watch: And the full interview:

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Start with one page

I start with very short pieces, usually no more than a handwritten page. I try to focus on something specific: a person, a moment, a place. I do what I ask my students to do when I teach creative writing. I explain to them that such fragments are the first steps to take before constructing […]