August 27th, 2004


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.
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strange and scary films : nanaimo comes back to me

Seen two films this week that pander to my fascination with remote environments and invented religion; The Village and Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter ... and Spring Again both of which took me on alarming trips back to my childhood. Collapse )

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I thought that the nanaimo spambot had abandoned me (sob!), but today I got a mail from Monumental A. Upholding, with the subject line, "newly single and full of fun glass". That's my bot! Unfortunately Gangplank Q Everglades (who looked very promising) turned out to be a bore with a penchant for quoting Tom Sawyer, but jinty found me the spam_poetry community which had a link to these spam cartoons so I'm happy. Especially as nanaimo later sent me "Single cute female seeks Unboring guys kayak" which I reproduce in full below. Collapse )
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