Cartooning Like You Mean It

Cartooning, Teaching & Living – by Tom Hart


with 6 comments


Your fifth and final (for this round, anyway) obstruction is a grab bag of five (more or less) interrelated (more or less) constraints:

1. Your comic must be five panels long. OK, that was the easy one, consider it a freebie. Now:

2. The text must take the form of a Tanka, which is a five-line syllabic poem (,, One line per panel, and each line must begin with an initial of Hutch’s name, so that the comic as a whole spells out Hutch’s name as an acronym (feel free to pursue this idea further).

3. You must incorporate, collage-style, at least two images or entire panels from previous strips from this week.

4. you must include five references, verbal or visual, to the work of Samuel Beckett.

5. you must in some way incorporate a countdown, from five down to one, in the comic.

Needless to say, I also hope you will manage to wrap up the “story” and bring Hutch and Oswald back to dry land. We’re going out with a bang here. You’ve pretty much aced everything so far so I can’t wait to see what you do with all of this. If you successfully incorporate all of these constraints into one strip I will buy you a nice cocktail before or after we go to see Pierrot le Fou this week.


Written by hutchowen

June 17, 2007 at 6:35 pm

6 Responses

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  1. Finally!


    June 17, 2007 at 6:37 pm

  2. With all the appropriation, etc., There’s almost no room for anything else in this strip.

    Matt promised me a cocktail so I have to try.



    June 17, 2007 at 6:50 pm

  3. Cocktails and a Godard movie! Sounds like a great date.


    June 17, 2007 at 7:47 pm

  4. Tom, can you convert those tanka url’s to links?

    Matt Madden

    June 17, 2007 at 8:14 pm

  5. And there’s still plenty of room to tell a story in this strip, all the constraints are going to lead to it.

    Matt Madden

    June 17, 2007 at 9:39 pm

  6. This is a really interesting exercise. I can’t wait to see your final work! It’s so cool to be a cartoonist!


    June 27, 2007 at 8:15 pm

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