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Adapting to prose, adapting to comics

While I’m pretty decent at writing comics, when I started out writing prose fiction I had no idea what I was doing. Not only that, I didn’t particularly like doing it. On the other hand, I’ve had a number of students in comics classes who are prose writers first, and they all tend to hit certain sticking points. So here are a few observations about turning from comics to prose or vice versa.

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Student guide chapter 3: The Strip Club

Chapter 3 explains the basics of the daily comic strip. Once you’re into multi-panel storytelling, there’s no turning back: you’re a cartoonist! In this section you’ll find versions of “The wrong planet” that you can print out and use if you’re working alone or in a small group. You’ll also find examples of the homework.

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Teacher’s guide chapter 3: The Strip Club

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3.1: A comic a day One way to handle this discussion would be to make enlarged photocopies of the panels we’ve drawn, and then to follow the various steps we outline using the panels on a board. You might also solicit suggestions from students as to what kind of panel might work next, what’s a Read More

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