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Four Panel Friday: Aaron Linton’s Found Object Comics

Aaron Linton? A mystery. His website is simple. A two page nav – Images and Contact. No “about me”. No “start here”. I dig. No Twitter. No Facebook. Not even instagram. I dig even more. Only a collection of stunning images assembled with mixed materials. His art is like stop motion animation on pause. Have […]

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Four Panel Friday: Marvel Comics Star Wars #11 – Star Search!

Long before Disney owned Marvel Comics and Star Wars, Marvel Comics Group held the publishing rights to Star Wars comics. Then shit got weird – for Han Solo in particular. In this expanded universe Han meets a space rabbit named Jaxxon, wields a light sabre, teams up with a man dressed up in a Chewbacca […]

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Four Panel Friday: Making Comics – Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

There’s plenty of how-to guides for making comics out there. Still, I can’t think of one as comprehensive as Scott McCloud‘s Making Comics. Though first published in 2006, Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels holds up. Even chapter 7, The Comics Professional, still shares sage advice to aspiring comic writers and […]

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Neil Gaiman on that bastard medium – comics

A comic tends to be a small enough, personal enough, medium that a creator can just make art, tell stories, and see if anyone wants to read them. Not having to be liked is enormously liberating. The comic is, joyfully, a bastard medium that has borrowed its vocabulary and ideas from literature, science fiction, poetry, […]

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Writer’s Inspiration: COMICS EDITION

N. Van Sciver lights the path.    

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Four Panel Friday: Brian Roppel’s Force of Habit

Brian Roppel’s comics are action packed. His panels explode with movement. Looking at his art brings back the same delight I got watching Nicktoons as a kid. Based in Toronto, Brian works in multiple mediums – comics, illustration, and animation. Check out his back catalog here. From: Comics: Easy as ABC! The Essential Guide to […]

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Gabriel García Márquez on how drawing led to writing.

INTERVIEWER How did you start writing? GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ By drawing. By drawing cartoons. Before I could read or write I used to draw comics at school and at home. The funny thing is that I now realize that when I was in high school I had the reputation of being a writer, though I never […]

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Four Panel Friday: Mark Connery’s A Tragedy

Mark Connery‘s Rudy has a long history. Rudy’s been appearing in mini-comics since the early 90s. Mark’s comics are punk. His distribution is punk. His publisher – 2dcloud is punk. As this 2014 Comics Journal review by Robert Kirby describes: Connery, a Torontonian, has been producing his minis and comics himself, distributing them through the […]

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Four Panel Friday: Stormy Weather

One of the best parts of doing Four Panel Friday each week is discovering new cartoonists. Today, Erik Nebel steps to the drafting table. He’s currently at work “on a bunch of comics projects”. What will he conjure up? From: Comics: Easy as ABC! The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids By: Ivan Brunetti

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Four Panel Friday: The Magician

Davide Bart Salvemini is an Italian cartoonist based in Bologna. He describes his style as Psicheledelico. The clouds shifting positions and changing shapes between panels helps indicate time passing. With only four panels, each line needs to move the story forward. From: Comics: Easy as ABC! The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids By: Ivan […]