Happy First Day of Spring!

For almost two years now, Flint, Bone, and I have been participating on a blog called Thousand Mile Walk with several other writers.  On the blog, we practice our writing skills so that we can grow and improve as writers.  We write essays, poems, short stories, reviews, and other types of compositions on a variety of topics.

Here are some articles from that blog which Flint and Bone have written related to comics.  My comments on some of the stories and movies I have watched and read are in italics.

Graphic Novels

Cardboard

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel – Flint examines the story, artwork, and worldview of a modern graphic novel written for middle grade boys.  This is a really creative book.

Ruse by Mark Waid – Flint reviews a captivating detective story reminiscent of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.  I found this book to be well-written and well-illustrated.

Movies and Television

Arrow Season 3

Guardians of the Galaxy – Bone reviews the popular superhero movie released by Marvel.  Guardians is entertaining and lighthearted – even making fun of itself and the superhero movie genre at times.

Arrow – Flint takes a close look at the currently airing superhero television series which is already in its third season.  This is a captivating series where the characters wrestle with difficult questions about what true justice is and what differentiates villains from vigilantes. It’s a good watch for a discerning audience.

Webcomics

Speed Bump

Adam4D by Adam Ford – Flint reviews a digital webcomic that he discovered.

Speed Bump by Dave Coverly – Another comic that Flint found and reviewed.

A Tip for DrawingDrawing tip

Drawing” – Flint gives some pointers on how to improve one’s drawing skills.

I hope you enjoy!

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15 Minute Comic Exercise

For this exercise you will need:

  • pens
  • paper
  • a timer
  • a friend (or two or three—the more the merrier).

Give everyone a sheet of paper and a pen, set the timer for 15 minutes, and have everyone write a title at the top of their page.  This title shouldn’t be too specific—not “How I cut myself with a fishing hook.”  “Fishing Disaster” has many more creative options.

Now, have everyone pass their titled page to the person on their left and start the timer.  The person who receives the titled page has 15 minutes to make a one-page comic based on the given title. When the timer goes off, share your comic with all the other participants and anyone else who would like to see it.  Don’t worry if your artwork isn’t as good as your favorite comic artist or that you spell a word or two wrong.  This is an exercise.  It is not intended to be a piece of final artwork, and like all exercises, the more repetitions the better. Maybe you could set up a schedule of doing this exercise at a certain time every day.

After you’ve done a few of these one-pagers, try going back and improving one—work on inking and lettering, improving the dialogue, and paying more attention to detail in each panel.  Also, look out for part 2 of this how-to series, where we will share some of our 15-minute creations!

Until then,

Bone