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Mastering Comics: it’s finally here!

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After years of labor, we are happy to announce that we hold an actual, printed copy of Mastering Comics, our follow up to Drawing Words & Writing Pictures in our hands. Official release date is May 8!

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Book group transcription #1: “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel

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Back in the fall, Matt and I ran a graphic novel book club at the Brooklyn Public Library. These were really great discussions, and we’re going to try to post complete transcripts.

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What’s in Mastering Comics?

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Wondering what’s coming in our upcoming new textbook Mastering Comics? We’ve posted our table of contents in the Resources section, and will link items in it to posts here as we make them. Can’t wait to share this with you!

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Announcing Mastering Comics

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We are excited to announce that Mastering Comics will go on sale May 8th, 2012.

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Guest post: Cartooning and Confianza

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As a teacher, having confianza with my students has always been of the utmost importance. In fact, it’s always been my main priority: I just figured the content-learning would come if I could get my students to trust me. Teaching, I think, is about managing human relationships.

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Best American Recap: Notable Comics of 2010

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This week we are going to give away a set of about 10 comics and graphic novels that were featured in the Best American Comics 2010 List of Notable Comics! Just comment on this post between now and Tuesday December 13 at 5 pm, and you will be entered in a drawing to win the pile.

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Panels, pages and balloons book club: a few notes on Asterios Polyp

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This Saturday, December 17, we’ll be hosting a final live book club meeting at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. This time we’ll be discussing Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli.

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Best American Comics: the Notable Comics of 2011

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This week we are going to give away a set of about 25 mincomics and self-published books that were featured in the Best American Comics 2011 List of Notable Comics! Just comment on this post between now and Friday December 9 at 5 pm, and you will be entered in a drawing to win the pile.

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Panels, pages, and balloons book club: a few notes on Lucille

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This Saturday, November 19, we’ll be hosting another live book club meeting at the Central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. This time we’ll be discussing the recently translated French comic Lucille, by Ludovic Debeurme.

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Guest post: Chinese calligraphy—Shu fa

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Our editor on Drawing Words & Writing Pictures is the multi-talented Mark Siegel. He’s the creator of Sailor Twain, and often posts interesting observations on art and craft. A few months back he posted a couple of times on the art of Chinese calligraphy, and as Matt and I were recently thinking about sumi ink Read More

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Drawing comics live demo: report

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At a recent conference at the University of Iowa, I drew a six-panel comic in front of six 25-minute sessions of middle- and high-school kids, one panel at a time. It was a chance to talk naturally about the order of work, the materials needed, and to show all the behind-the-scenes action.

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Guest post: About teaching comics, part 3

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Mari Ahokoivu is back with the much-anticipated third part of her visual essay on teaching comics. This time out: getting unstuck.

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Panels, pages, and balloons book club: a few notes on Ice Haven

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Next Saturday, October 29, we’ll be hosting our second live book club meeting. This time, we’ll be discussing Ice Haven, by Daniel Clowes.

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“What Is a ‘Graphic Novel?’” slideshow

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Librarians and comics educators, here’s a great and simple tool for introducing the basics of comics! We’ve put together a Powerpoint/PDF presentation of Jessica’s 2002 strip, “What is a ‘Graphic Novel?’”, also available as a PDF poster or handout. Feel free to use it, whether for a book club or in a classroom, or in any way you think up.

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Panels, pages, and balloons book club: a few notes on Fun Home

Pay attention to how Bechdel uses words in this page (153) from Fun Home; also observe the parallel visual narrative.

This afternoon, we’ll be hosting a live book club meeting on Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel. Our plan is to talk a little bit and show some slides at the beginning and show and then open up the floor for all of you to share your thoughts, questions and observations about Fun Home and reading Read More

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Let’s talk comics: Panels, Pages & Balloons: The Graphic Novel Book Club at the Brooklyn Public Library

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This Saturday we will be inaugurating our new book club at the Brooklyn Public Library, Panels, Pages & Balloons: The Graphic Novel Book Club. It’ll be a great forum for discussing comics, especially if you’re new to the medium.

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Social Media for Young Cartoonists: Wrap-Up

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Hoo boy. Social Media for Young Cartoonists. We kept it up for nine articles… and nine intense weeks of researching, experimenting, goal-setting, (goal-missing and goal-reaching), coding, uploading, updating, tweeting, commenting,and collaborating. Then what?

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Welcome to our revamped site!

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Like most websites, dw-wp.com is a perpetual work-in-progress and we are always fiddling around behind the scenes, adding and changing features, strategizing our content, and so on. However, over this past summer we have put in a whole mess of updates and are proud to announce what amounts to a relaunch of this site.

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24-hour comics day present, future & past

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This Saturday, October 1, is 24-hour Comics Day, and Matt takes the opportunity to reminisce about the repercussions of his 24-hour comic experience, many moons ago.

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September Twitter round-up

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September 23, 2011

Our September tweets, in one convenient post.

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Crowdsourcing: build a better comics classroom

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If you were starting a comics studio program from scratch (and with a decent budget!), what would be the optimal comics studio set-up for your students?

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Comics like magic in five days

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Incredibly action-packed 5-day comics workshop in the Twin Cities: a report and samples of student work.

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Social Media for Young Cartoonists, Week 9: Building a Persona

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JP presents his three-part strategy for developing a persona while Hilary tries on “wisecracker” for size. Plus: a cliffhanger!

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Guest post: About teaching comics, part 2

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Mari Ahokoivu takes us through part 2 of her development as a cartoonist and a teacher of comics.

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Social Media for Young Cartoonists, Week 8: Backlogging and Pacing Content

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Before you even start thinking of having any type of blog/web-comic, you should make sure you have at least 5-6 pieces ready to go before you launch.

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A Modest Proposal: a wiki for all comics education?

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Here’s an idea: What about creating a wiki where comics educators could create and update listings on what they have to offer? And of course, being a wiki, students and former students could add information on their experiences? If you’re experienced in creating wikis, and interested in comics education, we need your help!

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Social Media for Young Cartoonists: Week 7, traffic reports

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JP: So last week I finally got around to uploading one of my comics online. A day went by, and I was curious to see how many people actually viewed my comic. 2,798 visits?! RESULTS! HUZZAH!

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Weekly Twitter round-up for 2011-06-17

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June 17, 2011

A weekly round-up of our tweets about comics and education.

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