Comics Are Great!

de Jerzy Drozd

The Visual Storytelling Show

Episodios

CAG 110 – The Handwriting of Comics, with Mark Siegel

por Jerzy Drozd

To make good comics and graphic novels, all you have to do is draw really well and write pretty well, then mix them together, right? Then why is it so challenging to make comics that connect with audiences? How do you describe that unnameable quality that makes certain art and stories arresting? After a long […]

CAG! 109 – Make Comics Like a Photographer, with Peter Baker

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Talking about composition, context, and color on CAG! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=e96lFpKwTS4 Photographers got it easy, right? All they have to do to tell their stories is point their magic box at their subject and hit click. Cartoonists, on the other hand, have to create the reality of their work from scratch. Surely photographers have zero insights to […]

CAG! 108 – Comics for the Holidays! with Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman

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El Deafo! Hilda and the Midnight Giant! Roz Chast, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvY3-YoKV5k We’re continuing our tradition of closing out the year with Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier of The Comics Bakery. Join us for a rapid round of book talks on some of our favorite comics, which you can use as your last-minute holiday gift guide! And […]

CAG! 107 – Animals Doing People Things, with John Green

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Talking about the special communicative power of the cartoon on Comics Are Great! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8PsQi99nok Anthropomorphic comics characters have enjoyed a wide appeal almost since the invention of the comic. Who doesn’t love Snoopy? Characters like Garfield have inspired an entire generation of professional cartoonists. Even the critically-acclaimed Maus featured talking animal characters. So what is […]

CAG! 106 – Talent or Effort? with Zack Giallongo

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Broxo! Ewoks! Shakespeare! Banjo music, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuLb6XdoQzs It’s time to unbox the age-old question of Talent vs. Effort on Comics Are Great! How does your comics work change when you shift your focus from “expressing yourself” to “putting in the effort?” Are these terms mutually exclusive, or does the focus oscillate between those poles […]

CAG! 105 – Banned Books

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Challenged Comics! Censorship! Dave Carter, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5TpS-rpSnI Join us for a discussion on Banned Books Week with David Carter, Librarian at the University of Michigan’s Comics and Video Game Archive. Together we explore censorship in comics and ways we can better advocate for our medium. Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster […]

CAG! 100 – Getting Your Comic Into Libraries

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Gregg Schigiel! Laura Given! Erin Helmrich! Finding new audiences for your work, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAAzJsOrAys It’s the 100th episode of the Comics Are Great show, recorded live before a studio audience at the 2014 Kids Read Comics Celebration! I’m joined by guest co-host Gregg Schigiel of the Stuff Said Show, librarian Laura Given, and librarian […]

CAG! 103 – Blending Cute and Eerie, with Eric Orchard

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Talking about walking the line between eerie and cute on CAG! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNhieWXymL4 In this special unscheduled episode of the Comics Are Great! show I’ll be joined by Eric Orchard, cartoonist behind Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch, published by Top Shelf. Maddy Kettle is a plucky young girl who faces witches, vampire bats, and […]

CAG! 102 – You Got Your Cosplay in My Comic! with Rachel Ashley-Lovelace

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Talking about the role of fandom on CAG! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=-of8-cBDmHc Whatever your stance on cosplay, one can’t deny that it’s an active arena in fan participation with media. Is it simply a distracting branch that interferes with the “pure” transactions between fans and creators? Or is it a means for fans to enrich their participation with […]

CAG! 101 – Kids v. Adults with Gregg Schigiel and Connor

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Comics Are Great! returns with a battle between kid and adult authors! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2BmkddnAWE We grown-up cartoonists think we know what kids are and aren’t picking up on in our work. After all, we were kids once! But memory can be fickle testimony, so in the next Comics Are Great! I’ll be joined by 12-year-old cartoonist […]

CAG! 104 – Talking Muppets Most Wanted, with Dave Roman

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Muppets Most Wanted, Perils of Retreading, and more! It’s another special audio-only “therapy session” of Comics Are Great! I’m joined by Dave Roman for a discussion on Muppets Most Wanted. Together we explore how this film scratched many of the itches we were left with after The Muppets movie, how revisiting a franchise almost demands […]

CAG! 99 – Code of Hero, with Jamie Gambell

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Talking about independent publishing on the Comics Are Great! show! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpX5d1IRI2Y This time I’m joined by Jamie Gambell, writer of The Hero Code, for a discussion on the various channels available to us when publishing our comics independently. With so many options like Kickstarter, Comixology, IndyPlanet, Patreon, and publishing on the web, how do you […]

CAG! 98 – The Performance Cartoonist, with Mark Mariano

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Talking about getting out from behind the desk and reaching out to new fans on the Comics Are Great! show! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2bTGpTg1FU We all know that making the work is only half of the battle facing an author or cartoonist these days. Once the work is done you have to market the work, and for many […]

CAG! 97 – What’s so Great about Batman?

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Talking about everyone’s favorite Dark Knight on CAG 97! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_f7EasqzHo You may have heard that 2014 is the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman. So for this episode of the Comics Are Great! show we had a roundtable discussion on why the Caped Crusader remains such an enduring character. I’m joined by Dean Trippe, author […]

CAG! 96 – The Positive Pro is Pro-Positive, with Jim Lujan

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//www.youtube.com/watch?v=940vG8Mr7DI Talking about independent animation, working with what you got, and keeping on! In CAG 92 I talked with Ben Hatke about the importance of giving our heroes a reason to quit. Why? Because it’s so, so satisfying to see them not quit when all evidence suggests that quitting is the sensible solution. Why is […]

CAG! 95 – Puzzling out Your Comic’s Destiny, with Jason Shiga

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//www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UcBl3mDthw Find a publisher, POD, Webcomic, or all three? Figuring out your comic’s destiny! Whether your hope to get your comic published in the Direct Market or by one of the major book publishers, or self-publish through a Kickstarter or print-on-demand service like Ka-Blam, or publish directly to the web (as either a webcomic or […]

CAG! 94 – Make Your Comic Like a Movie, with Kohl Glass, Donald Harrison, and Sharad Patel

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Talking about what cartoonists can learn from filmmakers on Comics Are Great! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Olua0Ls4JiU Comics and film share a lot of DNA, though their strengths and weaknesses greatly differ. In the end they’re trying to do the same thing–convey ideas and explore narratives visually. So what might cartoonists learn about their own craft by studying the […]

CAG! 93 – The Hero who Refuses to Fight, with Kevin Coppa

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Talking Doctor Who, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Masters of the Universe with Kevin Coppa of The Puppetbenders! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSiN_GupCSs What’s the appeal of action heroes who use violence as a last resort? I’m joined by Kevin Coppa of The Puppetbenders for a discussion on how our hearts can sometimes be captured by an action hero […]

CAG! 91 – Comics for the Holidays!

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The ultimate comics gift guide on this episode of Comics Are Great! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOx_Erz4ZzM The final CAG of 2013! I’m joined by Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, and Sharon Iverson for a list of our favorite comics and graphic novels of 2013 and which ones would make a great gift for that loved one who doesn’t consider […]

CAG! 90 – Why are all of the Cartoonists on Tumblr?

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Talking about how to get your work seen on the Comics Are Great! show! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7lHY0oQBBU There are more ways than ever to share our work with our intended audience. Some solutions are as simple as pushing a button, while others may require a little bit of technical know-how. But how do you find the hosting/publishing/social […]

CAG! 92 – Give Your Heroes a Reason to Quit with Ben Hatke

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Zita the Spacegirl! Superman! Writing heroes, and more! I’m joined by Ben Hatke, author of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novels, for a talk on writing Really, Really Good Guys (and Gals). Together we discuss the appeal of a character who has an inner sense of what is right, the perils of writing ultra-powerful characters, […]

CAG! 89 – Amassing our Influences with Zack Giallongo

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Broxo! Star Wars! Zack Giallongo, and more! Most of us love to talk about our influences. They’re often the reason we decided to get into this cartooning game. We’re influenced by things that evoke a strong emotional reaction in us. But how does our approach to our work change when we search out and broaden […]

CAG! 88 – Make Your Story as Awesome as a Game, with Eli Neiburger and Dave Carter

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Video games in libraries, what cartoonists can learn from video games, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_LCraRNerA We’ve all heard the dig: a book starts with a map, and many readers immediately tune out. But there are plenty of stories about the excitement gamers felt when opening up the big Zelda or Metroid map in Nintendo Power Magazine. […]

CAG! 87 – What Makes a Story Scary? With Eric Orchard and Jon David Guerra

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Horror! Thrillers! Bera the One Headed Troll, Nightmare Pro Wrestling, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVPDe3H9B8A How do you make a horror story in a static medium like comics? What are the tricks to building dread and suspense? And how does visual style contribute to creating images that are unsettling or frightening? I’m joined by cartoonists Jon David […]

CAG! 86 – Getting Out From Under Your Medium with Jake Parker and Kohl Glass

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Missile Mouse! Orc Wars! Jake Parker, Kohl Glass, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=amzYhWwofgA There is so much to learn and master in making comics. Drawing, design, composition, pacing, color, and sound all stand ready to bewilder us as we try to communicate our ideas and stories. And while intense work and study in our medium is often […]

CAG! 85 – Your Compositions Tell The Story with Nicolas Bannister

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Elsewhere Chronicles! Bande dessinée! Famous Shoes! Nicolas Bannister, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNTULuIxG-M What are the secrets to designing a world that your readers will believe in? How do you compose panels that communicate tone, tension, blocking, and character? If the “camera” in comics can be anywhere, how do you navigate the nearly infinite choices to create moments that […]

Comics Are Great! 84 – Should You do Free Work “for Exposure?”

por Jerzy Drozd

Working for money vs. working on spec, Ryan Estrada, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV9YJUh8VsA Is there anything wrong with agreeing to do some work for free? After all, it might catch on with the Internet, and you can cash in later. And this is the webcomics model, after all! You put out consistent and professional-quality work for […]

Comics Are Great! 83 – Drawing Dynamic with Tony Cliff

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Character Design! Delilah Dirk! Tony Cliff, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFqQv8saTKA Comics may be a static medium, but the best cartoonist create an illusion of movement so convincing we’ll often forget that we, the readers, are creating the movement in our minds. How do they do they pull off this trick? And what’s the “secret” to writing […]

Comics Are Great! 82 – Funding Your Kickstarter with C. Spike Trotman and Laur Uy

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Crowdfunding! Kickstarter! Self-Publishing! Getting the Word Out! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJquIvm1rwg Hooray! Thanks to services Kickstarter and Indiegogo, we finally have a mechanism to fund our dream project! But is it as easy as just asking your friends or audience to support your thing? It sounds like a lot of work. And how do you avoid annoying everyone […]

Comics Are Great! 80 – Public Domain Comics with Barry Gregory and Kim Holm

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Copyright! Public Domain! Fair Use, and More! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu31d8Jx5KI What is the benefit of working with public domain characters and stories? Is it just fun to play in “someone’s sandbox,” or is there a larger cultural benefit to authors building on and expanding the works of those who came before? What might happen if more creative […]

Comics Are Great! 79 – The Final Superhero Discussion with Dan Mishkin and Dean Trippe

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Superheroes! Batman! Superman! Dean Trippe! Dan Mishkin, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJwfPCQK3eQ Over the past years we’ve seen more and more summer blockbusters featuring superhero characters and stories. Are they just fashionable again, or is there something to these kinds of stories that connects us to them? What characterizes an effective superhero story? I’m grateful to be […]

Comics Are Great! 81 – Pacific Rim and the Analytic Eye

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Pacific Rim! Jaegers! Kaiju! Dave Roman! and Spoilers! I’m joined by Dave Roman for a talk on how the author’s analytic eye affects his or her enjoyment of media. What happens when you can’t stop picking at story when reading a book or watching a film? Besides making you insufferable at parties, are there any […]

Comics Are Great! 78 – Cartoon Appeal with Chris Giarrusso

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Designing characters with appeal, G-Man, writing from life, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MRbB5tkYs0 It’s hard enough to learn how to draw, but things get even dicier when we start talking about what it takes to create appeal. Fortunately I’m joined by Chris Giarrusso of the eminently appealing G-Man series and Dave Carter of the University of Michigan […]

Comics Are Great! 77 – Action and Comedy with Tony Cliff and the Houghton Brothers!

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Chris Houghton! Shane Houghton! Tony Cliff! And more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlGWrGYj7co How do you design awesome action sequences? What’s the secret to writing scenes that make the audience roar with laughter? I know I couldn’t answer these questions on my own, so I’m grateful to be joined by the perfect roundtable for the job: Tony Cliff, author […]

Comics Are Great! 76 – Bringing the Gods to Life with George O’Connor

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He-Man! Zeus! Posedion! Olympians rule! George O’Connor, and more! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W7VJZ5PW1s What better medium than comics to capture the majesty and mayhem of Greek Mythology? Especially in the hands of celebrated cartoonist George O’Connor, creator of The Olympians series from First Second books. Together we talk about kid logic, how an author must get to the heart […]