Tag Archive: Teaching

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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Aug
29

Please Support the Chain World Kickstarter Project

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Well, it looks like I’m dipping my tippy-toes into the world of Kickstarter. I’m one of the “five industry artists” in A. Dave Lewis’s fascinating and ambitious “Chain World” project. The project is unlike pretty much anything I’ve seen attempted comics-wise, so rather than try to explain it here, please just go check out the …

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