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I took Scott
McCloud's "Comics: Theory and Practice"
at the Minneapolis
College of Art and Design July 22-26, 2002.
took the class because I thought Understanding
Comics was just a fan-fuckin'-tastic book.
So smart. And when my friend Dan
told me about the class, I was sold simply on the merits
of the one book. Besides, Dan told me to go, so he could
live vocariously through him.
read the odd comic book, and feel that there's a comic
book somewhere in my future, but by no mean a true comic
book afficianado. Considering the common thread in my
work is visual communication, often combining words
and images and the element of time, a comics class makes
perfect sense (despite the initial scoffing of many
folks upon hearing I was going out to Minnesota for
a week to take a class about comic books).
Those two MCAD classes
McCloud's first formal teaching experience, but you'd
never know it. Scott McCloud was a fantastic
instructor. The class was well-structured and designed.
The morning lectures were fanastic. McCloud's critiques
in the afternoons were insightful, constructive, entertaining
and eloquent. He was great at giving criticism according
to the person's level of skill, and was good at administering
praise and pointing out problems fairly. And between
"crit" and the lectures, you can tell Scott
McCloud has massive amounts of information in his brain.
he and his family (Ivy, Sky and Winter) are just good
you have a chance to talk this class, go! Whether you're
a comic book zealot (whether you draw like a pro or
not), a visual semiotican or designer-type that digs
smart images and design, go!
in all, it was a great experience. Good brain food.
Met some snazzy folks. Made some comics and here are
said, "Draw a picture of a man wearing a hat. The
wind blows his hat off. He picks up the hat and puts
it back on his head." Here's mine.
to Panel Transitions
may have a different name for these, but I lent my copy
to a friend. There's 6 of them. Here's my take on them,
plus my journal notes. Go buy the book
to learn more.
McCloud will appreciate what an info designer I was
in my note taking. He usually prefaced my critiques
or with "You can tell a designer/info designer
did this comic..." He's spot on.
in 16 Panels
exercise in editing and selection. Here's mine:
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Expression and Body Language
Favorite Panel of the Week
crab with a black eye[stem} cracked my shit up more
than anything else I did all week.
assignment, Part II
though my portfolio had next to nothing to do with comics
(although it had loads to do with words and text), I
asked Scott to take a look at it on the last day.
the class, I had it in my mind, that if I were going
to draw comics, I was going to draw comics. I
had this built up in my head as a herculean task - thus
no comics. Must [hand]draw comics. Must be epics. Then
on day one, Scott mentioned microcomics (picture a single
8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper, cut in half,
folded in half and stapled) . And I thought, "yeah...microcomics."
So, I formatted my last assignment as a microcomic.
But I was still stuck in the print paradigm, when it
came to comics for myself.
was very enthused about a page in my portfolio that
was an electronically drawn "Everyman" character.
He said, "This has to be a webcomic."
Which made a lot of sense in itself, and a lot more
sense to me. I think I could make some kick ass
hand-drawn microcomics, but they would be much more
laborious and less enjoyable, than making computer-drawn
web comics that I'd have a lot more fun with and feel
like less of a chore. Besides, I could get the ideas
out much more clearly and quickly.
on my train ride back to Chicago, I started working
on that Everyman webcomic idea. First things first,
I redid the first assignment in that style:
Read Tim Mallos's MCAD
Journal of the first week's class. Lots more
See classmate Ciaran's site, UberCybercats.
See classmate Pen's site, Beuna
See classmate Casey's site, LaternLight
See classmate Patric's site, Marvelous
stay tuned for my webcomics, working title, Iconophilia.