Super Siblings Web Comic Strip for the week of July 15th, 2011 by Patrick Scullin. We just got home from the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We loved it. We’re nerds, guilty as charged.
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How do you compose your webcomic panels? Here are some thoughts from the 1940′s:
“Someone once said that every cartoonist is a frustrated ham actor. Since the average cartoonist usually eats with more regularity than the average actor, the frustration should be easy to control. A cartoonist’s interest in the stage can really be an asset. The panel has its definite limitations – so has the stage. Your job is present a clear, interesting production within your confined space.
Milton Caniff had a close squeak when he almost became a professional actor after college. Today, his advice to a young cartoonist is apt to be full of stage and movie lingo. The business of stage settings, movie close-ups and long-shots also applies very pointedly to drawings. Caniff’s ‘Steve Canyon’ doesn’t suffer because of his knowledge. Neither will your work.
When we tell you to accustom yourself to working in a panel, we don’t mean just for your finished artwork. You should also work in a panel when you ar doing practice work. For your practice work on these lessons, rule up a bunch of panels before-hand on your paper. It doesn’t make any difference what size or shape the panels are, just so there is a panel outline to confine you to a given space. Once you have formed the habit of thinking as well as drawing in panels, you will find that you prefer to work inside of panel frames.”
–The Panel is Your Stage – Famous Artists Cartoon Course – Lesson 11 pg 3
Welcome to the new and improved #webcomicschat . It’s been a while since I was able to lead the discussion but I’ve got a new plan and I hope you’re along for the ride. On a recent trip to visit my wife’s relatives (quite literally back on the farm) I made an unexpected discovery. One of my wife’s uncles gave me some books he thought I might be interested in. From underneath the farm house in the dingy basement he brought out two books to present to me. These books had not seen the light of day for almost 50 years. They have turned out to be a goldmine of cartooning goodness. You see this uncle, in spite of being a farmer all his life, always had a secret ambition to become a cartoonist. This is an ambition that he’s kept to himself all these years. So back in the early 50′s he signed up for a correspondence course to be trained as a cartoonist. He enrolled in the Famous Artists Cartoon Course out of Westport, Connecticut. The books I now have in my possession are the course manuals replete with drawings, diagrams and pearls of wisdom from cartoonists such as Rube Goldberg, Milton Caniff, Al Capp and more. It has been a treasure to read from the books and catch a glimpse of the cartoonist’s mind from that era. My plan for #webcomicschat is to quote from the manuals each week. This will hopefully spark a meaningful discussion that relates to the industry in our day. Be on the look out for a new quote today…