Matt and I put a few tips on stretching and posture into Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, and have gotten a lot of positive feedback for it. No one seems to talk about the issue of workplace injury for cartoonists (except maybe on Twitter), and there’s been an unmet need for clear information. Until now!
Kriota Willberg is the partner of cartoonist Bob Sikoryak and thus knows first hand (well, second hand) what are all the ailments that come from making comics. She’s also a dancer, massage therapist, and teaches anatomy for Pilates teachers, yoga teachers, and cartoonists, and so has a good idea how to treat injury with posture and exercise. She’s pretty amazing. Last year, Bob and Kriota were a visiting teachers at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Seeing how many of the dozens of cartoonists around her were injured inspired Kriota to try her hand at cartooning while there. The result is a fat little tome that should have a place on every cartoonist’s shelf, (NO) PAIN! The mega-mini comic.
In Kriota’s description: “(NO) PAIN! gives the basics of injury prevention targeted specifically to cartoonists. It explains how injuries happen and what injuries commonly affect drawing professionals.”
That’s it. Buy it from her website with Paypal, and be well.
(P.S. if you’re in New York, you can still probably get into her anatomy for cartoonists workshop at MoCCA, starting July 10.)