A Writer’s Notebook: Comics cut-and-paste

Today:  Some comics.  Slightly later today:  An explanation of the exercise.

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In some ways, this exercise is similar to last week’s, in that I’m “borrowing” from other sources and piecing them together into new art.  Of course, this looks wildly different: It’s more than partly visual.

I’ve just finished reading the third of Scott McCloud‘s brilliant books on comics and graphic narrative, Making Comics, and unlike his previous two books, this one is as much textbook as critical theory and historical evaluation of the form, particularly because it includes writing/drawing exercises.  So, I’ve decided to dabble in a few of the exercises just to see what I can manage.

Of course, I have less artistic skill than a wet stick, so I particularly enjoy those exercises in McCloud’s book which let me off the drawing hook.  This one, Exercise #3 from Chapter 3 (“The Power of Words”), goes as follows:

Can you make an entire comic using nothing but pictures and words cut from the latest issue of a popular magazine?  How does the cut-and-paste look of it affect the reading experience?

I’ve modified it, though.  Today, I’ve simply rounded up interesting art photos from the Internet (I did a lazy Google search) and then tossed in whatever captions came to mind as I scanned the images.  And, for the sake of brevity, I haven’t made a whole comic.  But you get the idea.

If you have more artistic skill than I do, I’d love to see what you’re capable of.  Feel free to send me stuff!


And now, a few notes:

To put the page together, I used BookSmart, the book design software from the print-on-demand company Blurb.com.

The photos credits are as follows:

Panel 1: From The Lilli Pad:  http://lillipad.wordpress.com/2008/04/05/it-begins-homage-to-black-and-white-beach-photography/

Panel 2: From Fine Art America:  http://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-beach-in-black-and-white-photo-art.html

Panel 3: From Steve Gosling Photography:  http://www.stevegoslingphotography.co.uk/

Panel 4 & 5: From Digital Photography by Sandro:  http://www.sandrophoto.com/2007/11/24/photo-headers/ (panel 5 also found on TORFEH Group:  http://www.torfehgroup.com/en/photography.php)

Panel 6: From Smashing Magazine:  The Beauty of Street Photography:  http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/14/the-beauty-of-street-photography/

Panel 7: From Hypebeast: The Photography of Kazuhiko Kawahara:  http://hypebeast.com/2009/01/the-photography-of-kazuhiko-kawahara/

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