Comics Are Great!

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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
Talking about composition, context, and color on CAG! // 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 t
El Deafo! Hilda and the Midnight Giant! Roz Chast, and more! // 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
Talking about the special communicative power of the cartoon on Comics Are Great! // Anthropomorphic comics characters have enjoyed a wide appeal almost since the invention of the comic. Who doesn’t love Snoo
Broxo! Ewoks! Shakespeare! Banjo music, and more! // 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 “expressi
Challenged Comics! Censorship! Dave Carter, and more! // 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 e
Gregg Schigiel! Laura Given! Erin Helmrich! Finding new audiences for your work, and more! // It’s the 100th episode of the Comics Are Great show, recorded live before a studio audience at the 2014 Kids Read
Talking about walking the line between eerie and cute on CAG! // In this special unscheduled episode of the Comics Are Great! show I’ll be joined by Eric Orchard, cartoonist behind Maddy Kettle: The Adventur
Talking about the role of fandom on CAG! // 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 t
Comics Are Great! returns with a battle between kid and adult authors! // 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 ca
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 th
Talking about independent publishing on the Comics Are Great! show! // 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 o
Talking about getting out from behind the desk and reaching out to new fans on the Comics Are Great! show! // We all know that making the work is only half of the battle facing an author or cartoonist these da
Talking about everyone’s favorite Dark Knight on CAG 97! // 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 ro
// 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 satisfy
// 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 t
Talking about what cartoonists can learn from filmmakers on Comics Are Great! // Comics and film share a lot of DNA, though their strengths and weaknesses greatly differ. In the end they’re trying to do the sa
Talking Doctor Who, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Masters of the Universe with Kevin Coppa of The Puppetbenders! // What’s the appeal of action heroes who use violence as a last resort? I’m joined by Kevin C
The ultimate comics gift guide on this episode of Comics Are Great! // 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
Talking about how to get your work seen on the Comics Are Great! show! // There are more ways than ever to share our work with our intended audience. Some solutions are as simple as pushing a button, while oth
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 a
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 doe
Video games in libraries, what cartoonists can learn from video games, and more! // We’ve all heard the dig: a book starts with a map, and many readers immediately tune out. But there are plenty of stories abo
Horror! Thrillers! Bera the One Headed Troll, Nightmare Pro Wrestling, and more! // How do you make a horror story in a static medium like comics? What are the tricks to building dread and suspense? And how do
Missile Mouse! Orc Wars! Jake Parker, Kohl Glass, and more! // 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
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