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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THE MYSTERY OF STORYTELLING

“How we tell stories seems to be a mysterious process that millions around the world want to be able to do, but 99.9% effectively fail. Why is it so hard for storyteller and audience to be one? What we communicate can change the lives of the writer and the audience. However, why stories matter and … Continue reading

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IRA GLASS ON STORYTELLING

WHAT IS A STORY IN ITS PUREST FORM? Ira Glass of “This American Life” talks about the building blocks of a great story. NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH For those of you that write, you’re probably aware that we are now six days into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Over the course of November’s thirty days, … 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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OLIVER JEFFERS MAKES BOOKS

My family owns all of Oliver’s books. We love the guy and what he’s done for storytelling with words and pictures. If this is your first time hearing about Oliver, then check out his website and get your hands on everything that has his name on it. Related articles Oliver Jeffers, funny guy (rarestkindofbest.wordpress.com) Design. … Continue reading

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How a Boy Became an Artist

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Pixar’s 12 rules of Storytelling (in Legos)

[reposted from My Modern Met] “Last year, over the course of a month and a half, Pixar story artist Emma Coats grabbed the Internet’s attention when she shared some of Pixar’s golden rules of storytelling, via Twitter. They were guidelines that she had learned, that she wanted to pass along to others. There were 22 … Continue reading

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IRA GLASS ON STORYTELLING

I’ve posted this quote before, but the text with Ira’s voice is a different experience. For those of you who didn’t catch it the first time (and for those of us who need a powerful reminder), here is Ira Glass on what makes good work:

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THERE IS THIS GAP

I thought I had posted this months ago, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere on this blog: If you can’t see the picture, here is the full quote: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW / THE CHAIN GANG

Zac Whitmore owns thirteen bicycles. He works at my favorite bike shop. He runs Bike Provo, an advocacy program that promotes bicycle culture in Provo. He’s probably the single nicest guy in the state. He rides everywhere. Up hills. Over mountains. Last week he rode to my house to find out more about The Chain … Continue reading

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