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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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Guest post: My life with manga by Abby Denson

On the occasion of receiving the International Manga Award for my graphic novel, Dolltopia , this spring, I’ve been reflecting on my relationship with manga and Japan over the past fifteen years or so. I’ve been lucky enough to study in Tokyo as well as exhibit at conventions there, and am grateful to have had manga as an influence and inspiration for my own journey as a comics creator.

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Weekly Twitter round-up for 2011-06-11

In Social Media for Young Cartoonists, week 4, @haha_hilary and @whurf tell you all about Tumblr! http://cot.ag/lHf6Tt #makecomics # Have you read this week's installment of Social Media for Young Cartoonists? It's all about Tumblr! http://cot.ag/lHf6Tt # Sorry about any weird tweets showing up–an unexpected byproduct of some upgrades we're working on. # End-of-the-year report Read More

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Weekly Twitter round-up for 2011-06-10

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June 10, 2011

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

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Weekly Twitter round-up for 2011-06-11

In Social Media for Young Cartoonists, week 4, @haha_hilary and @whurf tell you all about Tumblr! http://cot.ag/lHf6Tt #makecomics # Have you read this week’s installment of Social Media for Young Cartoonists? It’s all about Tumblr! http://cot.ag/lHf6Tt # Sorry about any weird tweets showing up–an unexpected byproduct of some upgrades we’re working on. # End-of-the-year report Read More

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Weekly Twitter round-up for 2011-06-11

In Social Media for Young Cartoonists, week 4, @haha_hilary and @whurf tell you all about Tumblr! http://cot.ag/lHf6Tt #makecomics # Have you read this week's installment of Social Media for Young Cartoonists? It's all about Tumblr! http://cot.ag/lHf6Tt # Sorry about any weird tweets showing up–an unexpected byproduct of some upgrades we're working on. # End-of-the-year report Read More

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Guest post: About teaching comics, part 1

Mari Ahokoivu featured on our blog a month or so ago with her wonderful direct drawing activity. Now she’s back as a (we hope) regular contributor with a look into to her history as a teacher and her teaching philosophy. When she asked, “Can I draw the post?” I knew we had a winner! Look for parts 2 and 3 in the next week or so.

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Artists’ advice meta-post

It happens that there have been several popular blog posts floating around that offer different kinds of advice to cartoonists, students, and creative people of all stripes. Here are links to a few of them in case you missed them on Twitter, Facebook, or wherever else people share things these days!

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Social Media for Young Cartoonists: Week 4: Building with Tumblr

This week, Hilary explains how she set up her Tumblr site and she and JP discuss the pros and cons of Tumlbr as a platform.

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Weekly Twitter round-up for 2011-05-27

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May 27, 2011

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

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Video: Howard Chaykin on teaching Marvel “bootcamp” workshop

I had the pleasure of meeting Howard Chaykin last week in Minnesota for the MCBA’s SpringCon. I was particularly interested to hear that he’s been teaching in an unexpected venue: the Marvel Bullpen. He and Klaus Jansen spend 3 days every 6 months in the Marvel offices giving what-for to 5 artists under contract with Marvel.

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Video: Kevin Cannon on intensive comics collaboration

Kevin and Zander have collaborated on a number of comic books. This wouldn’t be unusual, except that they’ve developed an intensive style of collaboration, where each works on every stage of the comics, from conception to layouts (thumbnails), to pencils, to inks. Like French authors (who famously use a similar system) Dupuy & Berberian, they’ve evolved a consistent combined style where you really can’t tell where one’s work ends and the other begins.

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Social Media for Young Cartoonists Project: Week 3: Twitter

Upon Twitter’s initial release I am absolutely baffled to the rationale behind its creation. Who needs this? Why are people compelled to share with the world, every inch of meaningless minutia that befalls them?

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Matt’s comics process I: from thumbs to lettering

This is the first of a two-part post where I’ll walk you through the method I used to make a typical comics page.

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Weekly Twitter round-up for 2011-05-20

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May 20, 2011

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

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Guest post: Lior reports on Ludovic Debeurme’s SVA visit, April 2011

Ludovic Debeurme doesn’t have a script or an idea of the full storyline before he starts to work on a book. Rather, he starts with visuals and characters and allows for digressions.This way of work helps him to make connections that he otherwise wouldn’t have made.

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Social Media for Young Cartoonists Project: Week 2: Setting up websites.

If you read last week’s post, you know that my goal for THIS week was to have created a website, connected it to my domain, and made a game plan for content. Haha. Well I can’t say I didn’t learn anything…

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Weekly Twitter round-up for 2011-05-13

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

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What is Drawing Words & Writing Pictures?

DWWP is a website and a book (and soon to be two books), wherein we (Jessica Abel and Matt Madden and our crew of busy interns) help you learn to make, read, and teach comics. We’ve built this site to hold all the ancillary, important, interesting stuff we can find or make.

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Social Media for Young Cartoonists Project: Week 1

We’re Matt and Jessica’s interns, 21-year-old tenderfoots, and we’re embarking on a summer-long study of social media for cartoonists… not just how to use it, but how to use it effectively to launch or boost a career. Each week we’ll share our progress, our theories, and our discoveries in navigating the vast sea of this World Wide Web.

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Weekly Twitter round-up for 2011-05-06

A weekly round-up of our tweets about comics and education. Featuring JP’s live tweets from Fresh Meat at SVA.

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Fresh Meat Reviews: JP’s picks

Some of you rightly wondered where the actual comics were in our wrap up of SVA student comics fair Fresh Meat. Well, here they are! Order them up! Hilary’s picks to follow pronto.

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Weekly Twitter round-up for 2011-04-29

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

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What the nib-holding industry doesn’t want you to know.

Hilary Allison came in one day beaming because she’d cracked the Nib-Holding Industrial Complex’s iron grip on her student budget, and I encouraged her to throw a post together about it for you, dear readers. This is what she came up with.

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Mari Ahokoivu’s direct drawing for comics activity

One of the most frustrating things about comics is the incredible slowness with which they are produced, as compared to the swiftness with which they are read. So for quite a while, Matt and I have been admiring (and envious) of those who can draw comics quickly directly in ink, skipping the laborious penciling process, and in some cases even skipping thumbnailing!

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Notables 2010: J.T. Yost’s Losers Weepers

Yost finds bits of written ephemera, lost notes and journals, and strings these bits of other people’s lives together into a continuous tale (punctuated by the lost writings themselves). I suppose it’s in the nature of these missives that they’re a bit sad.

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Notables 2010: Jason Viola’s Sunward

Sunward is the unusual story of a guy who’s had his gravity reversed: instead of falling down, he’s falling up, and in fact the only thing holding him on planet Earth is a blade of grass. His two friends work to help him out, but are baffled by the problem. I loved that this mini initially came across as cute and innocent, but when you get reading, the basic underlying problem is not pussy-footed around: if the guy relaxes his grip, he’ll fall into the sun, an likely die long before he gets there.

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