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Jerzy Drozd talks with various comics creators from all walks, discussing what makes comics such a great medium.

Comics Are Great! Jerzy Drozd

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Jerzy Drozd talks with various comics creators from all walks, discussing what makes comics such a great medium.

    CAG 110 – The Handwriting of Comics, with Mark Siegel

    CAG 110 – The Handwriting of Comics, with Mark Siegel

    To make good comics and graphic novels, all you have to do is draw really well and write pretty well, then mix them together, right? Then why is it so challenging to make comics that connect with audiences? How do you describe that unnameable quality that makes certain art and stories arresting?

    After a long hiatus the Comics Are Great podcast returns to address these questions with guest Mark Siegel, Editorial Director at First Second Books, author of the graphic novel Sailor Twain, and writer of the 5 Worlds graphic novel series. Mark helps us explore how comics storytelling is unique from other art forms, and describes what he calls the storyteller’s “handwriting.”

    Mark will appear at this year’s Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival at the Ann Arbor District Library, and the A2 Inkubate unconference on the campus of the University of Michigan, June 15-17. You can get copies of his books signed and participate in some terrific free comics workshops led by him.

    Links mentioned in this episode:



    * 5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior

    * Listen to My Art episode 2 with Mark Siegel

    * Sailor Twain

    * First Second Books

    * Three Shadows

    * Gunas

    * Science Comics: Rockets



    This episode was recorded at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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    CAG! 109 – Make Comics Like a Photographer, with Peter Baker

    CAG! 109 – Make Comics Like a Photographer, with Peter Baker

    Talking about composition, context, and color on CAG!

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=e96lFpKwTS4





    Photographers got it easy, right? All they have to do to tell their stories is point their magic box at their subject and hit click. Cartoonists, on the other hand, have to create the reality of their work from scratch. Surely photographers have zero insights to offer cartoonists.

    Of course we know that’s a bunch of troll talk. So this time I’ll be joined by photographer and designer Peter Baker. Together we’ll talk about how cartoonists might benefit from looking at how photographers tell stories through their medium.

    Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):



    * Medium Format Photography

    * Large Format Photography

    * Peter Baker on Instagram

    * Detroit Ruin Porn

    * Neal Adams

    * Peter’s Welding School shoot for Bloomberg

    * Jackie Chan

    * Hasselblad cameras

    * Canon 5D

    * Boulder and Fleet: Adventurers for Hire



    Book Recommendations:



    * From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America

    * Wizzywig

    * Letter 44

    * The Infinity Gauntlet

    * JLA/Avengers



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    This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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    CAG! 108 – Comics for the Holidays! with Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman

    CAG! 108 – Comics for the Holidays! with Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman

    El Deafo! Hilda and the Midnight Giant! Roz Chast, and more!

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvY3-YoKV5k





    We’re continuing our tradition of closing out the year with Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier of The Comics Bakery. Join us for a rapid round of book talks on some of our favorite comics, which you can use as your last-minute holiday gift guide!

    And check out the book talks we did last year!

    Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):



    * AADL Art Tools

    * Dec 17 is the last day to get Raina’s books signed for Christmas

    * Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

    * A Cosmic Christmas ​

    * The ALF Christmas Special may be the root of all holiday depression



    Book Recommendations:



    * Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

    * Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal

    * Worse Things Happen at Sea

    * Andre the Giant: Life and Legend

    * Strong Female Protagonist Book One

    * Edward Scissorhands Comic*

    * The Sandman: Overture #1

    * Dirty Diamonds Anthology

    * Pencil Pup Minicomics

    * Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel

    * Broodhollow

    * Hilda and the Midnight Giant

    * Nothing is Forgotten, a collection of short stories

    * Sing No Evil

    * The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

    * Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Beatles

    * Beyond the Canopy

    * Dinosaurs in Space

    * El Deafo

    * Julia’s House for Lost Creatures

    * The Zoo Box

    * Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

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    CAG! 107 – Animals Doing People Things, with John Green

    CAG! 107 – Animals Doing People Things, with John Green

    Talking about the special communicative power of the cartoon on Comics Are Great!

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8PsQi99nok



    Anthropomorphic comics characters have enjoyed a wide appeal almost since the invention of the comic. Who doesn’t love Snoopy? Characters like Garfield have inspired an entire generation of professional cartoonists. Even the critically-acclaimed Maus featured talking animal characters.

    So what is it about “animals doing people things” that’s so compelling? Why are we so willing to invest in a character whose design is so defiantly absurd and unrealistic?

    I’m joined by John Green , co-creator of the Teen Boat! graphic novels and creator of the upcoming Hippopotamister, published by First Second Books. Together we unlock the secret powers held within “funny animal characters.”

    We’re also joined by Anne Drozd of the Ann Arbor District Library for another round of book recommendations!

    Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):



    * The OTHER John Green

    * Teen Boat!

    * Superhero Tropes

    * Dave Roman

    * Turbo Teen

    * Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden

    * An exclusive preview of Hippopotamister

    * John’s post on why animals make great protagonists

    * The new Lightsabers

    * Justice League: Comfort and Joy

    * Watership Down (film)

    * Maus

    * Real-Life Simpsons

    * Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham

    * The AADL “Unusual Stuff” section



    Book Recommendations:



    * Ariol

    * The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

    * nemu*nemu

    * Missile Mouse

    * The Incredible Change-Bots

    * PIX: One Weirdest Weekend



    Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

    Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

    This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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    CAG! 106 – Talent or Effort? with Zack Giallongo

    CAG! 106 – Talent or Effort? with Zack Giallongo

    Broxo! Ewoks! Shakespeare! Banjo music, and more!

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuLb6XdoQzs



    It’s time to unbox the age-old question of Talent vs. Effort on Comics Are Great!

    How does your comics work change when you shift your focus from “expressing yourself” to “putting in the effort?” Are these terms mutually exclusive, or does the focus oscillate between those poles throughout the project? If so, how do you know when it’s time to change your focus?

    I’m joined by Zack Giallongo, cartoonist behind Broxo, Star Wars: Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, and the Stratford Zoo Midnight Review series. Together we explore how a career in cartooning is equal parts creative expression and herculean effort, and how one finds balance between the two.

    Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):



    * UMass Dartmouth

    * Flow State

    * Acerbic

    * Disney’s “9 Old Men”

    * UHF

    * Calvin and Hobbes

    * Noelle Stevenson

    * Montage

    * The Dunning Krueger Effect

    * Children of the Corn

    * Jim Henson

    * Friday the 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan

    * Lumberjanes

    * Charles in Charge, Again



    Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

    Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

    This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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    • 1h 17 min
    CAG! 105 – Banned Books

    CAG! 105 – Banned Books

    Challenged Comics! Censorship! Dave Carter, and more!

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5TpS-rpSnI



    Join us for a discussion on Banned Books Week with David Carter, Librarian at the University of Michigan’s Comics and Video Game Archive. Together we explore censorship in comics and ways we can better advocate for our medium.

    Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):



    * Paste magazine’s top 10 banned comics

    * The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

    * The CBLDF’s list of 22 Challenged Comics



    Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

    Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

    This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

    Jerzy on Google+

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    Support the show and get a PDF comic!

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