dw-wp.com will help you learn to make, read, and teach comics. It’s the website component of the comics education project of Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, which also includes the comics textbook Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and its follow-up volume, Mastering Comics. However, it’s more than just a companion to the books.
This website is a dynamic, ever-growing resource where you’ll find something useful or enlightening whether you’re a beginning cartoonist or a seasoned pro, an educator or just an interested reader.
Don’t know where to start? Why not check out some of our favorite posts from the blog:
But dw-wp.com isn’t just a blog. We have a deep and growing collection of teaching and learning materials, book guides, and other resources on the site. Click the link(s) below that apply to you and we’ll go into more detail. Are you…
dw-wp.com has a lot of features. Here’s an overview (and click on the orange tabs above to explore):
This is where we post virtually all new content, even if it also belongs in another category, like Lesson Plans or Resources. Follow us on a reader or Twitter or FB, and you’ll see everything we do.
Some of the kinds of things we post:
This is a new section that will contain collections of material, for example, a set of posts on a topic like lettering, or a collection of the activities that we’ve published on the site, that might get lost in the blog stream. We’ll also include links, checklists, and downloads that you can use to teach or study comics; everything from a blank 9-panel grid to use for jam comics to a complete index to both of our books.
Teachers, students, Ronin (independent students) and Nomads (independent students who have formed groups) will want to check out our book guides. These are guides providing assistance for teachers and students using DW&WP the textbook and for Mastering Comics as well. They are divided by chapter, and include things like teacher guide notes, student prep guides (to help you make sure you have everything you need for your next meeting or class), and examples of student work with critique notes.
We are active in many different platforms and hope you’ll check us out, follow us, like us and so on—we’ll return the love! And you can always contact us using outdated, pre-millennial technology like e-mail.
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