Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Project 5: MIDTERM

Okay. Hard Deadline Time!
For Thursday, April 24, bring in a finished page of your work for critique. 
For Thursday, May 1, your first 8-page FINISHED comic is due. Make three copies, one of which will be turned in to me. Note: this is the first 8-pager that was originally due April 21. You'll continue working on your second 8-page dummy as well...

Print 'em up nice...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Project 4: A Finished 8 Page Comic and a New 8 Pager Dummy

Dummy of new project due Tuesday, April 21
Finished 8 pager due Tuesday, April 21
Side by Side due Tuesday, April 21

Special guest stars!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Project 3: Cool It Down!

Okay, take a deep breath. You've actually done a decent amount of work!

Now, let's take some time to refine it...
Refinement might involve any combination of things...
  • Tightening up the story/script
  • Developing page layout
  • Improving panel compositions
  • Clarifying transitions
  • Cleaning up lettering
  • Developing Artwork
  • Some folks might be ready to add more pages
Base your refinements on self-assessment and group critique.
Take self-crit notes and take notes during group crit.
Write up what you'll be tacklin' on your blog.
Do it and post side-by-side comparisons and write about the process.

On Thursday, bring in 5 new copies of your improved work for an in progress critique. Make sure you show us the olde work as well.

We'll look at final results on Tuesday.

Brody's Ghost by Mark Crilley

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Project 2: A 4 Page Comic

John Choi, Six Types of Movie Shots, johnchoidesign.com


1. Read some comics.
2. Find some aspects of the comic you like. Page layout, gutters, transitions, designs, lettering, etc.
3. Incorporate them into your own work.
4. Post the sources and your own work side-by-side on your blog.
Example by Miles.

Make a 4 page comic.
Fold it.
Staple it.
Make 5 copies.

Use the following devices at least once.

1. A wordless panel.
2. A caption.
3. An establishing shot.
4. An extreme close up.

Use the following transitions...

1. Aspect to aspect.
2. Action to action.
3. Keyframe to keyframe.
4. Change of hour.
5. Longer-term change of time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Welcome 2014 Spring Comic Folk

The great Chris Ware shows us how it's done!

Let's do it.

Project 1: Create a 1 page comic. Print 10 copies. Due Thursday, April 3.

Grading. Doing the work. Doing it on time. Doing it in QUANTITY and DRAFTS.

First half of quarter will be developing techniques and experience.
Second half of quarter will be your own project.

Analogue vs. Digital.
Your choice. Mix n' match. Whatever!

Digital lettering is pretty bad.
Hand lettering is bad, unless it is drawn well.