Still toiling away at the graphic novel, so this blog will remain quiet a few months longer, but I do have a tight cluster of trips coming up, so here’s a bit more info on each, starting with an important opportunity coming up next month. The Two Day Making Comics Workshop comes to Alberta! On March 21-23, I’ll be bringing the lecture and full 2-Day Workshop to the Galt Museum in Lethbridge, Alberta. SIGN-UP for one of the limited workshop seats, and get your advance tickets for the lecture starting on Feb 22. This is the first time the 2-day workshop has come to Canada, and this and the Los Angeles workshop (see last post) are the only ones currently planned for 2013, so don’t miss this chance to learn two full days worth of comics-making strategies and techniques. Out and About
Journal » Archive » Some Thoughts on Asterios PolypFirst of all, if you haven’t read David Mazzucchelli’s fantastic graphic novel Asterios Polyp, I strongly recommend getting yourself a copy. And stop reading this post now until after you’ve read the book. If you’ve read Asterios Polyp once… Read it again. Seriously, Mazzucchelli’s book is a great re-reading experience.scottmccloud.com - Understanding Comics224 pages. Black and White with 8-page color section. A 215-page comic book about comics that explains the inner workings of the medium and examines many aspects of visual communication. Understanding Comics has been translated into 16 languages, excerpted in textbooks, and its ideas applied in other fields such as game design, animation, web development, and interface design.
Marjane SatrapiMarjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) (born 22 November 1969) is an Iranian-born French graphic novelist, illustrator, film director, and children's book author. Biography Satrapi was born in Rasht and grew up in Tehran in a middle-class Iranian family. Her well-to-do parents were highly educated members of an urbanized stratum of Iranian society. Satrapi is related to the Qajar Dynasty through her maternal grandfather, a prince of the dynasty who was imprisoned for a time after his family was overthrown. Her parents were both politically active and supported Marxist causes against the monarchy of the last Shah. When the Iranian Revolution finally took place, they were dismayed and intimidated by the Muslim fundamentalists who took power.
What is Comics Journalism?For a condensed summary of what comics journalism is, in comics format, check out my recent piece for Poynter.org here. Or you could read the fully interactive version here. For those of you strapped for time, here’s a 3 minute explanation from my Knight Fellowship of what comics journalism is, how it works, and where it’s going.
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Lettering Comic Books with IllustratorOverview Transcript View Offline Exercise Files Released Creating the lettering for comic books is not just about capturing the tone in which the words are said (from the loudest scream to the softest whisper) or the sound of noises being made (like BANG or POW).The 5 Most Insane Moments in Indian Comic Books1980s Indian comic books were the best. Sometimes the English translation was baffling, other times the plots were inscrutable, and -- if you were really lucky -- these twain did meet, and you were transported to a realm of semi-unreadable fantasia. Here are five such glorious occasions. #5.
‘Building Stories,’ by Chris WareThe most despairing image in Chris Ware’s magnificent new graphic novel, “Building Stories” — and there are plenty of candidates — depicts a dumpy middle-aged couple, naked in their bedroom. She’s just dropped her clothes to the floor; he’s lying on the bed, oblivious to her, his face and chest illuminated by the iPad propped on his belly. You will never be able to read “Building Stories” on a digital tablet, by design. It is a physical object, printed on wood pulp, darn it. It’s a big, sturdy box, containing 14 different “easily misplaced elements” — a hard-bound volume or two, pamphlets and leaflets of various dimensions, a monstrously huge tabloid à la century-old Sunday newspaper comics sections and a folded board of the sort that might once have come with a fancy game. In which order should one read them?