Tag Archive: Teaching

Nov
22

Interview: Comics and Teaching

I was recently cleaning out a bunch of old documents that had accumulated in my Google Drive and I stumbled on this interview that I did a while back about teaching with comics. I honestly don’t remember what it was for–it may have just been an email interview with a graduate student, or something similar–but …

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Sep
11

Talking Comics Terminology on the Deconstructing Comics Podcast

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I was recently a guest on the Deconstructing Comics podcast discussing my recent (and surprisingly controversial?) blog post about using film terminology to discuss comics. I’m hoping that the hour-long conversation here gave me a bit more room to make my case in a more nuanced and thorough way than in the original post. One …

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Nov
23

Recolored Kurtzman

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If you follow my comics ranting on Twitter, you probably know that one of my oft-ground axes is the horrible nature of most comics recoloring efforts. Given that, it probably won’t surprise you that I raised an eyebrow when I noted that the new (and excellent) Fantagraphics collection of Harvey Kurtzman EC war comics, Corpse …

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Apr
17

Come See Me At The Durham Comics Fest!

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This Saturday, April 20th, I’ll be appearing at the Comics Fest in Durham, N.C. at the Southwest Regional Library. I’ll be participating in a roundtable discussion about comics-making as well as assisting Scott Hampton in a comics workshop earlier in the day. Other great guests include Raina Telgemeier, Ursula Vernon and Jan Burger. The workshop …

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Apr
15

I’m Interviewed on Comics Coast To Coast

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Last week I was interviewed on the Comics Coast to Coast podcast.  I discuss Oyster War, fantasy and historical fiction, coloring, my (possible) next project and more. Listen here.

Sep
13

My Review of Mastering Comics

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I wrote a review of Jessica Abel and Matt Madden’s new comics how-to/textbook Mastering Comics in the current Publishers Weekly Comics Week. Check it out here.

Aug
23

Creature Generator! (Contour-to-Character Sketchbook Exercise)

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I’ve written before about the three types of drawing I think people should be doing in their sketchbooks: Drawing from life and/or photos (yeah, photos are OK in a pinch–get over it art teacher snobs!) Goal-directed drawings–things like character designs and thumbnails for stories Drawing from imagination/doodling And, as also mentioned before, the third category–drawing …

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Jul
19

From The Sketchbook: Ball Point Pen Doodling (7/18)

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For some reason last week I decided to grab a Bic ballpoint pen from the “pen cup” on top of our refrigerator and fill a sketchbook page with ball point pen doodles. I hadn’t drawn with ballpoint pen in a while, and I’d forgotten what an interesting drawing tool it is. It’s sort of halfway …

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Mar
12

On Visual Reference, The Movie Meatballs, and Pinterest

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I recently got a commission to illustrate a six-page memoir comic about going to see The Empire Strikes Back on opening day. Empire was released in the summer of 1980 and so one thing I had to take care of before I got to actually drawing the story was getting visual reference for the story. …

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Nov
08

Why The Single Vanishing Point In 1-Point Perspective Is Always Dead Center

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Or, maybe instead of “is always,” I should say “should always be.” You certainly see plenty of drawings where it’s not. But, hear me now and believe me later: this is just plain wrong–or at the very least, unnatural looking. This came up in class today, so I thought I’d do a quick post about …

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