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Making comics

by Barry, Lynda, 1956-

Format: Print Book 2019
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The bestselling, idiosyncratic curriculum from a 2019 MacArthur Fellow will teach you how to draw and write your story

"The self-help book of the year."-- The New York Times

Hello students, meet Professor Skeletor. Be on time, don't miss class, and turn off your phones. No time for introductions, we start drawing right away. The goal is more rock, less talk, and we communicate only through images.

For more than five years the cartoonist Lynda Barry has been an associate professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison art department and at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, teaching students from all majors, both graduate and undergraduate, how to make comics, how to be creative, how to not think. There is no academic lecture in this classroom. Doodling is enthusiastically encouraged.

Making Comics is the follow-up to Barry's bestselling Syllabus , and this time she shares all her comics-making exercises. In a new hand-drawn syllabus detailing her creative curriculum, Barry has students drawing themselves as monsters and superheroes, convincing students who think they can't draw that they can, and, most important, encouraging them to understand that a daily journal can be anything so long as it is hand drawn.

Barry teaches all students and believes everyone and anyone can be creative. At the core of Making Comics is her certainty that creativity is vital to processing the world around us.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "If Barry's last instructional book, Syllabus (2015), helped encourage readers to get in the right mindframe to cultivate creativity, this latest, which follows a similar format, gives concrete tips for developing a comics-making practice. Barry opens with an introduction ruminating on her framework for teaching and general philosophy about drawing: I wondered if I could teach what I knew about the power of comics as a way of seeing and being in the world and transmitting our experience of it. From there, we're treated to page after hand-written page of exercises, lessons, and examples designed to help break ingrained habits and create without second-guessing. Beginning with game-like exercises (e.g., Scribble Monster Jam, which involves filling in a free-form doodle to create a monster character), each lesson adds a new level of technique, such as scene setting, character development, dialogue, point of view, and so on, ultimately ending with what amounts to a comics tool box, containing prompts to enliven the creative process. The hand-written pages, doodled margins, and off-the-wall characters (I'm looking at you, Professor Hot Dog) might make this seem silly, but there's a serious theoretical underpinning here, and Barry's lighthearted and genuinely fun approach is directly in service of it: banishing your inner critic, developing a disciplined (but playful) practice, and dismantling beliefs about what constitutes a good comic is key to finding something organic, original, and true.--Sarah Hunter Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Barry follows up Syllabus by again condensing her celebrated visual storytelling courses into an instructional book that doubles as a work of art. Through her signature nimble comics and collage, Barry provides guidelines for teachers, students, and aspiring artists. These include pragmatic instructions on art supplies (Barry recommends keeping them cheap and simple, and the book itself is drawn on lined notebook paper), class rules and exercises, and theories about the nature and value of telling stories in pictures. "There was a time when drawing and writing were not separated for you," Barry writes, assuring newbies that "the most lively work comes from people who gave up on drawing a long time ago." Students are told to experiment with drawing with both hands, to "close your eyes and draw a bacon and egg breakfast," and to keep a daily illustrated diary. Gradually, the lessons expand into creating characters, drawing comic strips, and the mechanics of making minicomics. Barry's approach to art instruction is reminiscent of Betty Edwards's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and the classes taught by artist Marilyn Frasca, under whom Barry studied; she also builds from Ivan Brunetti's Cartooning: Practice and Philosophy. But these lessons from Barry, like her art, capture her own brand of magic: a synthesis of theory, practice, memory, imagination, and "a certain sort of unlearning." (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Barry, Lynda, -- 1956- -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- Study and teaching.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Authorship.
Creative ability -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Drawing -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Nonfiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Handbooks and manuals.
Publisher MontreĢal, Canada :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Cover title.
Description 199 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781770463691
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