Cartooning Like You Mean It

Cartooning, Teaching & Living – by Tom Hart

Cartooning Like You Mean It — Fragments

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SOME FRAGMENTS as I get organized.
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Why what’s the point why why?

because we as a race of creatures constantly want stories, we want
images and stories that can add to our ever changing (and not always
maturing) understanding of the how what and why of life? Why are we
here? How does it work? What the hell is going on anyway?

stories and images help us triangulate ourselves, find ourselves in
the sea that is the answers to these questions…

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Attaching images to images, stories to stories

this is the assembling that all narrative works from. Pulling from
your collected store of images and stories and creating more, explore
the existing paths already between them.

How do we do that. Go back to mess mode. But now with a starting place.

want to make a giant graphic novel? The connections will start to make
sense via plot. Of course the mother who discovers the knife is the
woman I imagined crying at the zoo… She went there because it was
where her husband was a custodian. She discovered the knife when she
found him dead in the pool. The woman’s story begins to emerge. She
must find her husband’s killer, and will learn more about… …

look to your other images and fragments. What else suggests a double
life, unsolved mysteries, or what else just calls out to be part of
this larger story?

Want to work in short forms? You’re more than halfway there. Connect
the two images… Tick that “story clock” one or two notches and get
out.

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notes re: sit com
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With good characters and the self discipline to sit down, you can
write dozens more of these effortlessly. The key is having good
characters, and injecting them with an interesting enough new
situation.

We always wonder about our plots? Is it funny enough? Grave enough?
Puzzling and suspenseful enough? None of this matters before you
sitting down to explore your characters. None of this matters before
you sit down to explore your characters. The only thing plot does is
enliven your characters…
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meta is different.

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Written by hutchowen

March 4, 2009 at 1:24 am

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