Episode 3 Show Notes

Podcast available at: Comic Fuel Podcast Episode 3
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Show Notes

(00:00) 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.

(00:43) Introduction to Show


One general warning: there are some heated moments and swear words that were included in this episode. You may want to listen to this without children or sensitive ears present.

(10:10) #ComicFuel Break #1: Not A Delicious Chocolate Cake” by Ven. Robina Courtin

(12:40) Question 1: Inking

Josh: What are some good resources to improve your digital inking? I feel like I know the basics, so beginner books aren't really teaching me anything new. I'm completely self taught, and would love to learn some subtly with my inks. -


Check out Ulises Fariñas’ work:

(24:40) #ComicFuel Break #2: “Growing A Tree” by Jason Brubaker

Excerpt from the audio book "Unnatural Talent” by Jason Brubaker. Available on Amazon and Audible as well as CoffeeTableComics.com.

(28:17) Question 2 & 3 Style

Maya: How do comic artists deal with improvements in their style while making a comic book? Should a comic artist keep a consistent style? If so, how much should one practice style before starting to make comics?

Michael, Poland: What are the elements of style of particular artists if I want to use their style in my own work? I usually think of such elements as: the coloring method used (with computer or water colors), shading, …. but what is it that distinguishes the one from the other? There are general groups of artists (e.g. European, Asian, …) who have similar style - how come they can be grouped - what is the key?


(51:46) Patreon Ad

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(52:12) Questions 4: Backgrounds

Jasmine: How often would you focus on comic backgrounds? Are details like that important?



Check more of Lucy Bellwood’s work out

(54:58) #ComicFuel Break #3: “Can’t Live Without Art” by John Spencer

"Can’t Live Without Art" - John Spencer, used under Public Domain / Desaturated from original

(1:00:00) Show Closing - Race & Equity in the Comics Industry

Further reading for suggestions:

Excerpt from the Wired article: “[Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief] Axel Alonso said Marvel has been in a long dialogue with rap music, but that isn’t true. It’s a long monologue, from rap to Marvel, with Marvel never really giving back like it should or could,” wrote critic and editor David Brothers on his personal Tumblr account, pointing to Whitney Taylor’s Medium essay “The Fabric of Appropriation” as a valuable explainer for how cultural appropriation differs from inspiration. “If you don’t employ black creators, and then you purport to celebrate a black art form for profit (and props on hiring a few ferociously talented black artists for the gig!), people are going to ask why that aspect of black culture is worth celebrating but black creatives aren’t worth hiring.”

Another beautifully phrased sentiment from celebrated creator C. Spike Trotman: “Diversity is legitimacy. It’s sincerity. It’s truthiness, to borrow a certain expression,” says Trotman. “Diverse storytellers mean diverse personal experiences being brought to the table, and more honest depictions of those experiences on the page in fiction. It’s not impossible for a creator to write about an experience they’ve never had; that would be a silly thing to say. But Cis Hetero White Male isn’t the default mode of human. Experiences influence creativity, and there need to be more than one set of experiences being reflected on the page.”

(01:23:00) 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.
    • Search 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

(01:26:00) 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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