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explaining the nine ages of a cartoonist

The 9 Ages of a CartoonistThis week's Strip comes with a bit of an explaination.

At Caption 2004 I ran a gestalt autobiography workshop (teams of three writing an autobiographical strip about all three of them) which worked quite well, in the end. Afterwards I took the artwork to make up into a mini-comic to send off to the participants. The comic contains the four strips, an outline of the workshop, suggestions for improvements, and two of the inexplicable diagrams I use to try and explain storytelling principles to people (sorry about that). The cover of such comics is generally a either a group effort or drawn by the workshop leader -- and they all had far too much to do for a group effort (in fact, several people had to leave early, I may ask to start earlier next time) so I drew this for it. Quite quickly.

The framework of the story was "the nine ages of a cartoonist", a loose collision of Shakespeare's 7 Ages of Man speech and the classic 9-panel grid. I came up with the nine life-stages and passed it round the group as a template (if you're wasting time figuring out a plot you're unlikely to get much done in a two-hour workshop). Before the strips were drawn, each group shuffled the life-stages, but for this cover picture, I just stuck to original order, drawing on one of the handouts from the workshop.

Those of you who took part in the workshop, you should receive your copy of the comic today or tomorrow. I have a few spare, if anyone wants one.


31st Aug, 2004 02:17 (UTC)
Re: no prob --
Oh man...Compuetr woes, tell me about it. Uhhhh.
Actually, maybe you could bring a copy to GRRR! insead of sending it, if it's not too bulky. I'm sure the admiring Slavic hordes will be interested.
Probably your best bet is to fly JAT.They have a 'special' which comes to ?150 with tax+ thingies. I considered the coach,too, but it's really not much cheaper, and it's a 48-hour deal, with changing and long waits, etc. Kinda strenuous...
BA also seems to offer a Belgrade deal for about ?140ish, but I dunno how 'safe' they are at the moment. Those are the cheapest I've seen. I went JAT last time, and it was quite bearable.
31st Aug, 2004 06:22 (UTC)
I'm beginning to get big misgivings about the whole thing, actually ...
31st Aug, 2004 06:41 (UTC)
Re: uhhhh
Noooo, it's so weird and wonderful, you gotta- Besides, they're gonna have a field trip on the last day to a village full of whacked-out naive artists...
Also, the fun of being treated like a celeb (something akin to Norman Wisdom in Albania-) by comic-hungry serbs is so hilarious it needs to be experienced. Not to mention the joy of bureks.
31st Aug, 2004 07:08 (UTC)
but there are people out there who know and like your comics. Absolutely noone out there's going to have even seen my stuff, let alone like it.

I think the reason you were treated like a celeb is because, you know, you are one.
31st Aug, 2004 08:25 (UTC)
Re: mrrr
But there was stuff of yours in last year's GRRR! remember? It was greatly admired. Nobody much knew my stuff before I got there, I don't think...C'mon, you know you want to...