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Cartooning Workshops by Professionals

Drawing is something all little ones do. Occasionally they don’t give it up. If you are a cartoonist and want to learn how to become professional, there’s an opp for that. The opportunity is to learn from professionals.   Craig Boldman has a course coming up in March for the still young. Students will learn […]

Posted on: Feb 12, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic strips, How-to, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartooning Workshops by Professionals

Making Comics Is Not Really About Making Comics

There’s a reason Lynda Barry is the first comics artist to win a MacArthur “Genius” Award. She loves children. Making Comics is a love letter to every child who ever picked up a crayon and started making marks with unselfconscious intensity. Those children include her college students. Like her readers, some arrive at class with […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, College cartoonists, How-to, Comments: 2 Comments

Once Upon a Time … in MAD … with Tom Richmond

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood takes place in 1969 and it is filled with meticulously researched and re-created period detail. Leonardo DiCaprio plays television star Rick Dalton, whose western series was once a big hit but whose career has faded. How bad is it for Rick? He’s relegated to doing guest shots on […]

Posted on: Aug 2, 2019,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, How-to, Movies, Comments: 1 Comment

Randall Munroe Gives Us “How To” Advice

Take this quandary from Munroe’s latest book, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems (Riverhead, Sept.): “How to Move.” On the surface, the problem is simple enough: transporting stuff from one place to another presents no immediately confounding issues, beyond the obvious. “At some point in the move,” Munroe writes, “many people take […]

Posted on: Aug 2, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, How-to, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Randall Munroe Gives Us “How To” Advice

Washington Post to host “cartoon project” (UPDATED)

Starting May 10, the Washington Post’s “Comic Riffs” will begin what the blog’s author Michael Cavna calls “a better way” to aid aspiring cartoonists. Sharpen your pencils, sharpen your comic minds — and check back here in this space come Monday, May 10. UPDATE: I asked Mr. Cavna if he could elaborate at all on […]

Posted on: May 10, 2010,  Section: Blogs, Comic strips, How-to, Comments: 13 Comments

Watercolor secrets from Richard Thompson

There are a few cartoonists who are real masters of the watercolor medium – Richard Thompson, creator of Cul de Sac and Richard’s Poor Almanac is one of them. He recently posted a piece on his blog detailing his watercoloring process. The only thing better would be for him to get a webcam and do […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2010,  Section: Art Supplies, Comic strips, How-to, Comments: 4 Comments

Stephen Silver to release “The Master’s Series”

Stephen Silver is releasing a video series entitled “The Master’s Series” this month which features Stephen visiting the homes and studios of famous cartoonists to talk about their careers, film their techniques as they draw, ink and color. The series is sold through for $39. Have you ever wanted to sit in the studio […]

Posted on: Jan 5, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Discussion, How-to, Illustration, Interviews, video, Comments: 2 Comments

Yves Bigerel creates set of comic demonstrations using Flash

Yves Bigerel (known as Balak01 on DeviantArt) has created a set of comic demonstrations using Flash.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2009,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, How-to, web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

How-to seminar on (self) syndication proposed

Bill Kellogg, the Marketing Director behind the self-syndication success of Chad Carpenter’s Tundra emailed me asking if I’d spread the word about a proposed seminar on how to self-syndicate your comics and/or submit them to syndicates. He has been approached so many times by cartoonists wanting to know how he took Tundra to 200+ papers […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2008,  Section: Gatherings, How-to, Comments: 21 Comments

F Minus creator Tony Carrillo to teach class for kids

In the months of July and August, F Minus creator Tony Carrillo will teach classes at Changing Hands, a Tempe, Ariz. bookstore, for teens and tweens. Classes are focused on everything from basic cartoons to visual storytelling. Info at

Posted on: Jul 2, 2008,  Section: Cartoons, How-to, Comments: 5 Comments

New textbook teaches cartooning

Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, who teach comic art at New York’s School of Visual Arts, have authored Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: A Definitive Course from Concept to Comic in 15 Lessons and were interviewed on National Public Radio. Abel and Madden have been teaching comic art at New York’s School of Visual Arts […]

Posted on: Jun 30, 2008,  Section: Books, How-to, Comments: 59 Comments

Tom Richmond posts first of series on how to do caricatures

MAD Magazine cartoonist/illustrator Tom Richmond, has posted the first of a multi-part series on how to do caricatures. Iâ??ve been working with young caricaturists at theme parks for over two decades now, and Iâ??ve learned one very important lessonâ?¦ itâ??s impossible to teach someone to draw caricatures. I can teach them to DRAWâ?¦ that isnâ??t […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2008,  Section: Cartoons, How-to, Comments: 3 Comments