Working Methods: Comic Creators Detail Their Storytelling and Artistic Processes

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TwoMorrows Pub., 2007 - Literary Criticism - 173 pages
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  • Professional comic artists interpret scripts every day as they successfullytransform the written word into the visual form. However, rarely do we get toexamine the process that is unique to each artist. Unlike any other "how-to"book, Working Methods puts the minds of comic artists under the microscope,highlighting the intricacies of the creative process step by step. For thisbook, three short scripts are each interpreted in different ways by professionalcomic artists to illustrate the varied ways in which they "see" and "solve" theproblem of making a script succeed in comic form. Working Methodsdocuments the creative and technical choices Mark Schultz, Tim Levins, JimMahfood, Scott Hampton, Kelsey Shannon, Chris Brunner, Sean Murphy and Pat Quinnmake as they tell a story, thus allowing comic fans, artists, instructors, andstudents into a world rarely explored. Hundreds of illustrated examples documentthe artists' processes, and interviews clarify their individual approachesregarding storytelling and layout choices. In Working Methods, theexercise may be simple, but the results are profoundly complex.

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John Lowe, DPubHlth, MPubHlth, is Professor and Head, School of Health and Sport Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, where he is Chair in Population Health. He is a Fellow of the Australia Health Promotion Association and the American Academy of Health Behaviour. Dr. Lowe is also Senior Editor of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health and was previously Editor of Health Promotion Journal, Australia. He focuses his research on community development and empowerment to make sustainable long-term changes to promote health.

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