Matt Madden and Jessica Abel

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Recent articles

Guest post: A five-week comics unit for teens

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Jess Worby shares his lesson plan for a five-week comics unit he taught to teens in a studio art class at LOMA, a public art high school on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in spring 2014.

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Guest Post: Paulo Patricio on how to make a panel grid in five minutes

Paulo Patricio demonstrates a very quick and effective method to generate grids. (featuring an animated gif!)

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A holiday gift idea: the beginning cartoonist’s starter kit

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The holidays are coming! And we have a great gift idea for you: a beginning cartoonist’s starter kit! To get your special person started in comics, just use our checklist to buy him or her the basic tools of the trade.

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Best American Comics 2013 Table of Contents

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Every year, we get requests from teachers wanting to know what will be in the new Best American Comics before it comes out, so as to plan their classes. Herewith, therefore, is the table of contents of the next Best American Comics, edited by Jeff Smith, and with a fantastic cover by Kate Beaton, and out in September of this year.

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Haiku comics

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The haiku’s brevity and relative simplicity of rules make it a good candidate for a comics-making exercise.

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Mastering Comics is up for an Eisner award

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Mastering Comics is nominated for an Eisner award in the “Best Comics-Related Book” category. If you are involved professionally in the comics world, as a creator, a retailer, a writer, or a publisher, you are eligible to vote in the Eisners, and we ask for your support.

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Book Group #2: “Lucille”, by Ludovic Debeurme

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In the fall of 2011 we did a comics reading series at the Brooklyn Public Library. The third book we read and discussed was Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme. Here is a slightly edited transcript of our discussion that Sunday afternoon.

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Guest post: Dan Berry’s guide to making 24-hour comics

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In anticipation of the upcoming 24-Hour Comics event in Angoulême, France, cartoonist and teacher Dan Berry shares his pointers on how best to prepare yourself for this rewarding challenge.

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