Episode 1

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Listen to Episode 1 at: Comic Fuel Podcast Episode 1
Listing of all questions ever asked and answered on the show: Questions Glossary For Quick Jumping

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  • 00:00 – Pre-Show Patreon Ad
  • 00:39 – Show Opener
  • 01:21 – Show Introduction
  • 12:07 – Jared Cullum On His Return To Art
  • 17:03 – Question 1: Scaling Work
    • Matt, Canada: Every instructional book I read is geared towards making 22 page monthly comic books or just cartooning in general. What how to advice is there for someone who wants to write a 100 page plus graphic novel?
  • 27:28 – The Ven. Robina Courtin Discussing How Opinions Limit Us
  • 31:35 – Questions 2 & 3: Beautiful Work
    • Gustavo, Colombia: Is beautiful artwork really that important to create a good comic? (Most comics or graphic novels, i have read tend to have beautiful art, great story and inspiring too. But when i try to imitate them, i feel depressed as i cannot draw that well.)
    • Sourav: I am currently writing comics in my country, and I am worried because it seems that my ideas are not commercial enough. There is an emotional content, but not the spectacular they want to see. How can i add excitement and action to my stories without sacrificing its substance?
  • 46:00 – Daily Comic Challenge Ad
  • 46:50 – Question 4: Character Consistency
    • I try to make all my characters look different when I design them, but I end up putting the same face on everyone. How can I make sure each character looks unique every time I draw them?
  • 54:15 – How You Can Help Comic Fuel
  • 56:50 – Show Outro

Show Notes

(00:00) PRE-SHOW PATREON AD

THE COMIC FUEL PODCAST IS MADE POSSIBLE DUE TO THE SUPPORT OF MAKINGCOMICS.COM PATRONS ON PATREON. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW TO BECOME A PATRON OF MAKINGCOMICS.COM, AND MAKE SURE PODCASTS LIKE COMIC FUEL CAN CONTINUE TO EXIST, PLEASE VISIT PATREON.COM/MAKINGCOMICS.


(00:39) SHOW OPENER

WELCOME TO “COMIC FUEL” A PODCAST THAT IS PART OF THE MAKINGCOMICS.COM GUTTER TALK PODCAST NETWORK. MY NAME IS PATRICK YURICK AND, TOGETHER, WE ARE GOING TO BE SEARCHING FOR THE ANSWERS THAT SURROUND ART, COMIC BOOK CREATION, AND THE PURSUIT OF LIVING IN ARTIST HARMONY.


(1:21) INTRODUCTION TO SHOW

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE COMIC FUEL PODCAST?

  • ANSWERS 2-4 QUESTIONS FROM HOW TO MAKE A COMIC BOOK MOOC STUDENTS
  • SURVEY SENT TO REGISTERED STUDENTS (REG. FREE) ONCE A MONTH
  • INCLUDES 2-3 AUDIO EXCERPTS FROM ARTISTICALLY INSPIRING FIGURES

WHO IS PATRICK YURICK?

  • LEADER OF THE MAKING COMICS WORLDWIDE VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION THAT MANAGES MAKINGCOMICS.COM
  • INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER AT MIT & LEAD MOOC INSTRUCTOR AT THE HTH GSE
    • “THE VIEWS EXPRESSED HERE DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF MY EMPLOYER.”
  • 5+ YEAR HS ART EDUCATOR AT HTH
  • GRADUATE DEGREE IN ART EDUCATION K-12 & BS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
  • RAISED BY A 33+ YEAR ART EDUCATOR (MY MOM)

WHAT IS COMIC-FUEL?

  • JARED CULLUM & DESK SURROUNDED BY INSPIRING QUOTES
  • 9TH GRADE, ADULTS, & REALIZING THE POTENTIAL OF ART AS A HEALING MEDIUM.

Definition of Comic Fuel:** Any kind of inspirational piece of wisdom that directly results in the encouragement of artistry. Aka - psychological fuel, like coffee, designed to conquer your demons and keep going.


(12:07) #COMICFUEL BREAK - JARED CULLUM RETURN TO ART

THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM GUTTER TALK EPISODE 58: http://www.makingcomics.com/2015/02/06/making-comics-gutter-talk-episode-58-jared-cullum/ WHERE ADAM AND JARED WITH JARED TALKING ABOUT HIS SPIRITUAL JOURNEY AWAY FROM ART AND BACK TO IT. ART BECAME A PURSUIT OF LIVING ALIGNED WITH HIS TRUTH
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR "KODI" FORTHCOMING COMIC BY JARED PUBLISHED BY TOP SHELF & IDW


(17:03) – QUESTION 1: SCALING WORK

Matt, Canada: Every instructional book I read is geared towards making 22 page monthly comic books or just cartooning in general. What how to advice is there for someone who wants to write a 100 page plus graphic novel?

RESPONSES

Check out my video where I discussed, with guest professional writer Ian Pike, how to think about the length of a story and scaling ideas.


(27:28) #COMICFUEL BREAK - VEN. ROBINA COURTIN: OBSTACLES

THIS 3.5 MIN. EXCERPT, ON OPINIONS AND HOW THEY CAN DAMAGE YOUR ABILITY TO LIVE IN HARMONY, IS A 2 HOUR TALK AVAILABLE IN ITS ENTIRETY ON THE INTERNET ARCHIVE (LINK TO FULL TALK AVAILABLE WITHIN THE SHOW NOTES) https://archive.org/details/Tse_Chen_Ling_Robina_Courtin_Facing_Obstacles_20070210

  • FOR THE SAKE OF THIS TALK THINK OF THE PRACTICE OF “BUDDHISM” AS THE SYNONYMOUS WITH THE PRACTICE OF “ART”

(31:35) QUESTIONS 2 & 3 - BEAUTIFUL WORK

Gustavo, Colombia: “IS BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK REALLY THAT IMPORTANT TO CREATE A GOOD COMIC? ( MOST COMICS OR GRAPHIC NOVELS, I HAVE READ TEND TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL ART, GREAT STORY AND INSPIRING TOO. BUT WHEN I TRY TO IMITATE THEM, I FEEL DEPRESSED AS I CANNOT DRAW THAT WELL.)….AND CAN YOU SUGGEST ME SOME AWESOME COMIC OR GRAPHIC NOVELS WHERE THE ART IS NOT, WHAT PEOPLE CONSIDER AS BEAUTIFUL ART?”

Sourav: “I AM CURRENTLY WRITING COMICS IN MY COUNTRY, AND I AM WORRIED BECAUSE IT SEEMS THAT MY IDEAS ARE NOT COMMERCIAL ENOUGH. THERE IS AN EMOTIONAL CONTENT, BUT NOT THE SPECTACULAR THEY WANT TO SEE. HOW CAN I ADD EXCITEMENT AND ACTION TO MY STORIES WITHOUT SACRIFICING ITS SUBSTANCE?”

RESPONSES

COMICS TO LOOK AT THAT DON’T FIT INTO THE “STANDARD IDEA OF BEAUTY”:
* HYPERBOLE AND A HALF BY ALLIE BROSH (& MARK MARON INT.)
* CYANIDE & HAPPINESS (WIKIPEDIA ENTRY)
* DINOSAUR COMICS (ABOUT RYAN NORTH)
* XKCD (PG-13/R COMIC & ABOUT)
* THE OATMEAL
* SUGGESTED READS:
* “IT’S GOING TO BE OK
* “THE TERRIBLE & WONDERFUL REASONS I RUN LONG DISTANCES
* INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW INMAN
DECIDE NOW WHAT YOU ARE IN THIS FOR

UNDERSTAND “COMMERCIAL” BUT DON’T CREATE FOR IT

  • SEE CHRIS WARE, MCSWEENEY’S, AND DREW WEING’S “SET TO SEA
    • THE FORM NEGOTIATED WITH THE IDEA, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND
    • YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY AND WHO YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY IT TO, THEN YOU CAN START DETERMINING HOW IT NEEDS TO BE SAID.
    • THERE IS NO SHAME IN BEING A TREND-FOLLOWER.
      • IN SOME WAYS IT IS EASIER BECAUSE IT ALLOWS YOU TO MAP A PATH TOWARDS SUCCESS.
      • SOME WAYS HARDER BECAUSE IT IS UNCLEAR HOW TO LEAVE YOUR MARK ON A PREDETERMINED FRAMEWORK.
      • NO PATH IS EASY.
  • KNOWING TRENDS (MARKETING, DISTRIBUTION, ETC.) IS IMPORTANT FOR WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING, BUT SEEING THEM AS SUGGESTIONS AS OPPOSED TO RULES WILL HELP YOU EMBRACE YOUR ART NO MATTER WHAT STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT IT IS AT.

(46:00) DAILY CHALLENGE AD

DO YOU NEED COMIC FUEL ON A DAILY BASIS? JOIN THE MAKINGCOMICS.COM DAILY CHALLENGE WHERE EVERY MORNING YOU WILL RECEIVE A NEW COMIC CHALLENGE DESIGNED TO TAKE 20 MINUTES (OR LESS) OF YOUR DAY. PREPARE TO KICK YOUR CREATIVE JUICES INTO HIGH GEAR AS YOU HONE YOUR ART AND WRITING SKILLS TO MAKE UNIQUE AND FUN CREATIONS!

GOOGLE MAKINGCOMICS.COM DAILY CHALLENGE OR GO TO MAKINGCOMICS.COM/DAILY-CHALLENGE


(46:50) QUESTION 4 - CHARACTER CONSISTENCY

GEORGE, CANADA: I TRY TO MAKE ALL MY CHARACTERS LOOK DIFFERENT WHEN I DESIGN THEM, BUT I END UP PUTTING THE SAME FACE ON EVERYONE. HOW CAN I MAKE SURE EACH CHARACTER LOOKS UNIQUE EVERY TIME I DRAW THEM?

RESPONSES

CONSISTENCY IS IMPORTANT - BUT GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK

  • OF COURSE CONSISTENCY IN CHARACTER TRAITS IS VERY IMPORTANT WITHIN YOUR COMIC.
  • THERE ARE REALLY ONLY A COUPLE TECHNICAL WAYS TO GET BETTER AT THIS:
    • DRAW LOTS AND LOTS OF TURNAROUNDS OF EACH CHARACTER
    • TAKE A LIFE DRAWING COURSE OR GET A MODEL (ALA ALEX ROSS) * CREATE YOUR CHARACTERS IN A 3D MODELING PROGRAM, SCREENGRAB AND TRACE
    • I RECOMMEND THAT YOU LOOK AT THESE METHODS ONLY AFTER CONSIDERING THE COMMUNICATION ASPECT OF YOUR COMIC
    • REMEMBER THAT COMICS ARE PRIMARILY A STORYTELLING MEDIUM SO COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR ART IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN TECHNICAL ABILITY.
    • CLOCK EXAMPLE FROM SCOTT MCCLOUD
    • USE IDENTIFIERS: COLOR OF HAIR, THE LINE OF THE FOREHEAD, EXAGGERATED GLASSES.
  • HAWK FROM HIPSTER-PICNIC.COM AS AN EXAMPLE:
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(54:15) HOW CAN YOU, YES YOU, CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMIC FUEL CAUSE?

  • TWEET USING THE “#COMICFUEL”
  • JOIN, ENCOURAGE, AND PARTICIPATE IN THE “HOW TO MAKE A COMIC BOOK” MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE ON COURSERA. [COURSERA.ORG/LEARN/MAKE-COMIC-BOOKS COURSERA.ORG/LEARN/MAKE-COMIC-BOOKS]
  • I NEED HELP FINDING COMICFUEL. 3 WAYS TO HELP:
    • GO THROUGH THE GUTTER TALK ARCHIVES AND FIND 2-5 MINUTE STORY CHUNKS EMAIL INFO@MAKINGCOMICS.COM WITH THE EPISODE # & TITLE WITH A TIMESTAMP FOR AN INDIVIDUAL CHUNK OF FUEL
    • EARCH THROUGH PUBLIC DOMAIN ARCHIVES AND FIND CLIPS SEND ME A LINK TO THE CLIP & DOCUMENTATION OF IT BEING IN PUBLIC DOMAIN AGAIN AT INFO@MAKINGCOMICS.COM
  • ON ONE FINAL NOTE - WE’D ARE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER TO START TRANSCRIBING OUR PODCASTS (INCLUDING THIS ONE) IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, AGAIN, EMAIL US AT INFO@MAKINGCOMICS.COM

(56:50) SHOW OUTRO

MUSIC USED WITHIN THIS PODCAST ALL CAME FROM THE AMAZING “DR. TURTLE”. YOU CAN LISTEN TO MORE DR. TURTLE BY VISITING HIS PAGE ON THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE. TITLES AND LINKS TO SONGS USED ARE AVAILABLE IN THE NOTES FOR THIS SHOW.

ADAM GREENFIELD, HEAD OF AUDIO PRODUCTION AT MAKING COMICS WORLDWIDE, SERVED AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE SHOW.

THE COMIC FUEL PODCAST IS A PART OF THE MAKINGCOMIC.COM GUTTER TALK PODCAST CHANNEL BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MAKING COMICS WORLDWIDE VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ON MAKINGCOMICS.COM AND MAKING COMICS WORLDWIDE BY VISITING MAKINGCOMICS.COM

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