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Beyond 1986

I'm of the opinion that comics have always had depth. That's not to say all comics all the time, in fact we live in a time with plenty of shallow comics (my own web comic included!) But back in the early days of comics, anything with depth was the minority. For most of the 20th… Continue reading Beyond 1986

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Advice For Making Comics

Do you want to make comics? Well let me start with this: it's hard. Now, I don't mean that in a discouraging way. But it's hard work, probably more than most people realize. You have to wrestle a story into good enough shape to write, draw it, ink it, color it, and letter it. I'm… Continue reading Advice For Making Comics

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Usagi Yojimbo

It takes me a while to read volumes of Usagi Yojimbo. It's not because they're too big (although the Saga collections are thick). And it's not because there's too much text, or it's too complicated for me to understand. No, it's because when I'm reading Usagi Yojimbo, I'm also studying. I'm taking extra time to… Continue reading Usagi Yojimbo

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Inktober Retropsective

How convenient that Inktober should end on a Tuesday, so I can write about it on a Wednesday. Now that's timing, October. Inktober, if you don't know, is a designated time for artist to try and draw one picture a day, using only ink. Now, some people followed the official prompt, but I did not.… Continue reading Inktober Retropsective

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The Comic Strip

Long, long ago, before there was the comic book, people depended on the newspapers and magazines comic strips to read what would become known as sequential art. This is a tradition that we still have today, of course, but now not many people think of the comic pages of a newspaper as the cutting edge… Continue reading The Comic Strip

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Cartoon Crossroads

Another year, another trip to Cartoon Crossroads in Columbus. For all of the non-Ohio readers out there, Cartoon Crossroads (CXC) is a convention put together by Jeff Smith (he did a little book you might know by the name of Bone).  Because Jeff is from Ohio, the convention is held in the Columbus Library, which is… Continue reading Cartoon Crossroads

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Cartooning

When I was young, I had no concept of the cartoonist. Although, I'm sure I had no real understanding of how a comic was made. But even when I got older, I mostly thought of the creation of comics as several steps, done by different people. Now, this can be the case, true. But then… Continue reading Cartooning

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The Business of Comics

To me, the hardest thing about making comics is the business part. It seems that a lot of the time, creative minded people aren't focused on business. I can say that from experience. When I started out, I envisioned all the bases I had to cover. Well, almost all of them. I thought about the… Continue reading The Business of Comics

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Making Comics Part 5-Lettering

Well, we’ve finally made it to the end of the creative process. I would say the end period, but there’s an epilogue to all this (next blog post!) And what is the last leg of creating a comic? It’s lettering! It seems to me that a lot of people might ask what a letterer does.… Continue reading Making Comics Part 5-Lettering

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Making Comics Part 3-Inking

Alright, disclaimer: from here on out, we're dealing with the underappreciated aspects of comics. The rest of this blog series will focus on stuff that most people don't know or think about. So, if you do/want to do these things, you are a real hero. I think inking is the hardest thing to explain to… Continue reading Making Comics Part 3-Inking