Okay, so we’ve been a little lax when it comes to our Mighty Network roundup (stay tuned for news of our newest year-long intensive students), but never fear, we’re back and here’s the latest wrap up, with all the best content you might have missed over the last couple of weeks.
TUESDAY COMICS INSPIRATION
We’ve collected a back log of great comics inspiration, starting with ‘March of the Crabs’ by Arthur De Pins. Virgina says, “I am reading the third and final volume of The March of the Crabs. When the story starts tiny defenseless crabs can only walk sideways and cannot change direction. This is inconvenient to say the least. The art is wonderful. Authur de Pins uses a flat graphic design style that is sometimes beautifully simple or mindbogglingly complicated.”
Next, we’ve got some Mira Jacobs over at the Believer with ‘The Menopause’, a funny 15-page insight into having the body of a growing woman.
And just in case you like your essays delivered in comics form, here’s a critical look at Air B’n’b by Maria Stoian over at the Nib.
Have you heard of tvtropes.org? Often we want to avoid tropes and cliches in our writing, but sometimes it’s helpful to know the storytelling frameworks that recur in popular stories. How can you add use tropes? How can you subvert them? Have you been using them without even knowing it? tvtropes.org has a pretty good catalogue. Maybe you’ll find something you didn’t even know was a thing…
This from Tom,
“Hi friends! I'm opening up some of my notebooks and wanted to show you. This is a little look at the notebook I created as I was writing and drawing "New Hat", published in 1995.
The New Hat binder is a favorite of mine. It was started as a reaction to Hutch Owen, to the "character, story, plot" etc. form of creating a comic. In this notebook I started investigating texture, pace, rhythm and other formal elements for content, or "story ideas"...
Truth is, I was pretty anti-story at that point, which was freeing, as this comic became one of my favorites, and favorite stories...
This is a mere beginning. Just sharing, more to come, thanks!”
Watch the full video, here.
FROM THE MEMOIR GROUP
It’s not a memoir of ours but it is memoir: Craig Thompson’s latest creative project, ‘Ginseng Roots’, a return to the floppy-comics format he read growing up. This is the first installment of a longer series that returns to Thompson’s childhood. Consensus seems to be that there’s something foreboding in these early pages. What do you think? Who’s already got there hands on a copy? Anyone eagerly awaiting issue 2?
Another great resource comes from Emma. She shared this post by artist Phil McAndrew from way back when. (I especially like his advice to draw everyday and build up those drawing muscles).
WANT MORE SAW CONTENT?
Thats about it for now. Let me know if I missed anything!
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