Teaching Comics Workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

When I was given the opportunity to teach a set of week-long comics workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, I had no idea it would be such an important week in my life. This summer has been packed with teaching comics workshops for children and teenagers in my home state … Continue reading

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Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers

This year marks the 15th anniversary of WIFYR–Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. Organized by author Carol Lynch Williams, the conference (June 15-19) offers workshops and presentations on writing, drawing, and publishing books for young readers. I’ve been invited to speak on the roles of writing and artwork in telling a story, and I invite you … Continue reading

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NEW ILLUSTRATIONS: SERENDIPITY

I recently completed a handful of illustrations for Narratively, a platform dedicated to compelling human interest stories. All four stories that I illustrated shared the theme of serendipity, though each was vastly different from the other three. It was refreshing to work on stand-alone images and I got a little carried away, turning 3 of the 4 illustrations … Continue reading

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FANTASY WEEKEND (STARTS TODAY!)

THE GEEKEND IS HERE! Get Your Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fix at WesterCon This Weekend Westercon 67 is a general interest science fiction/fantasy convention covering literature, art, science, gaming, movies, comics and more…and it starts today! Guests include Brandon Sanderson, Cory Doctorow and Dan Wells (among others), and I’ve been invited to participate in a couple of panels … Continue reading

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WHAT A COMIC CAN DO IN 2 PANELS

I love what comics can do and I love teaching this comics workshop. Yesterday we were talking about panels and when to use larger or smaller panels. We found this page from Craig Thompson’s Blankets, where we see a narrow panel of Craig’s mom waving goodbye, and then a large vignette of Craig driving away, leaving his … Continue reading

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ADAM REX MAKES A PICTURE BOOK

I recently came across this great post from Adam Rex on his process for illustrating the picture book Chu’s Day, written by Neil Gaiman, and thought I’d pass it along. The post is a brief overview of the roughly 6-month process that Adam put into creating Chu’s Day. (Adam mentions in the comments that “I can work on … Continue reading

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TRUE STORIES ABOUT THE ART WORLD

Your Dreams My Nightmares is a podcast hosted by artist Sam Weber featuring conversations with artists, illustrators and designers. I’ve listened to episodes covering topics as varied as the business of illustration, the pros and cons of art school, children’s book illustration, the New York Times, being precious about your creations, Canadians and New Yorkers, animation, … Continue reading

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WRITING CHARACTERS WITH HUGH HOWEY

Author Hugh Howey (Wool) talks about writing characters that the reader cares about: CHARACTERS WE LOVE What are some characters that you’ve read about and love? What makes them interesting to read about? Post your comments below!

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TAPPING INNATE CREATIVITY

(From npr.org)   THE UNTHINKABLE MIND Like most of her work, cartoonist Lynda Barry’s class at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is unorthodox. “No artistic talent required,” the course description states. The course is described as a “writing and picture-making class with focus on the basic physical structure of the brain.” At the beginning of the semester … Continue reading

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HOW TO MAKE A GRAPHIC NOVEL (2/7)

(Continued from Part 1) HOW DOES A COMIC WORK? One of the big questions we are asking in class is “how does a comic work?” Of course we want to know what a comic is and how to make one, but we’re doing so from the inside-out. We’re taking it apart to understand it. For … Continue reading

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