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Dooley, Michael and Steven Heller, eds. The Education of a Comics Artist: Visual narrative in cartoons, graphic novels, and beyond. New York: Allworth Pr. 2005. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1-58115-408-9
BibTeX citation key: Dooley2005
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Keywords: Authorial poetics, Collection of essays, Creative process, Interview
Creators: Dooley, Heller
Publisher: Allworth Pr. (New York)
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This provocative anthology provides inspiration on how to teach, think, and talk about comics in the classroom and beyond. Featuring essays by, and interviews with, more than sixty professionals, educators, and critics, the book provides an in-depth view of the art, business, and history of comics art. Readers will learn about a wide variety of genres, from editorial cartoons, political comics, and comic strips to graphic novels, superhero sagas, and alternative comics. Other featured topics include the role of comic art in related fields such as animation, design, and illustration;lesson plans by top teachers; and essays on how to thrive and grow as a creative comic artist.

Table of Contents

1. Dedications (x)
Acknowledgments (xi)
2. Steven Heller: The Most Popular Course in Art School (xii)
3. Michael Dooley: What’s So Funny about Comics (and Understanding)? (xvii)

I: The Comics Field (1)
Magazine Cartoons
4. Bob Mankoff: Cartoons at The New Yorker (2)
5. R.C. Harvey: Wednesday “Look Day” and the Freelance Magazine Cartooner (4)
6. Paul Krassner: In Praise of Offensive Cartoons (8)

Editorial Cartoons
7. Ben Sargent: Stop Them Damned Pictures (15)
8. Tony Auth: The Obligation to Be Honest (17)
9. Steve Brodner: Caricature: Biting the Face that Feeds You (21)

Political Comics
10. Paul Buhle: Learning from the Political Cartoon (24)
11. Peter Kuper: Launching World War 3 (28)
12. David Rees: My New Distribution Technique is Unstoppable (32)

Comic Strips
13. Stan Mack: Comics Vérité (36)
14. Mark Alan Stamaty: Gut Feelings and Waves of Intuition (39)
15. Bill Griffith: Zippy, My Alter Ego (43)
16. Nicole Hollander: Sylvia, My Role Model (46)

Kids’ and Teens’ Comics
17. Teal Triggs: Katy Keene: Forgotten Comic Icon (49)
18. Jessica Abel: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Archie Andrews (56)
19. Barbara McClintock: A Passion for Top Cat (58)

Action/Adventure Comics
20. Arlen Schumer: Superhero Artists of the Twenty-first Century: Origins (60)
21. Jim Steranko: The First Rule: There Are No Rules (67)
22. Barron Storey: Illuminating the Darkness (73)
23. Bill Sienkiewicz: Learning to Get “Real” (79)
24. Dave McKean: The Need to Do Something Different (83)
25. David Mack: The Whole-Brained Approach (86)

Alternative Comics
26. Monte Beauchamp: The Education of an Editor (91)
27. Gary Panter: Arranging Sights and Ideas (93)
28. David Sandlin: Learning from the Master (95)
29. Peter Blegvad: The Birth of Leviathan (98)
30. Mark Newgarden: What’s the “Big Idea”? (101)

Graphic Novels
31. Chip Kidd: Revelations of a Pluralist (104)
32. Chris Ware: Acme Graphic Novelties (106)
33. Art Spiegelman: A Novel Graphic (110)
34. Marjane Satrapi: Memoir of a Revolution (115)
35. Kim Deitch: Out of the Inkwell (117)
36. Rick Geary: The Power of Old-Fashioned Storytelling (121)
37. Ho Che Anderson: Career Tips for Control Freaks (124)

38. Leonard Rifas: The Education of an Educational Comics Artist (127)
39. Tom Spurgeon: Mini-Comics: Comics’ Secret Lifeblood (133)
40. Dan Nadel: Fort Thunder: a Comics’ Art Collective (138)
41. Bart Beaty: The European Comic Book Industry: a Guided Tour (141)
42. Bill Randall: Manga in America, Manga in Japan (144)

II: Widening the Field (147)
Comics in Art and Illustration
43. Elwood Smith: That Old Time Religion (148)
44. Robert Williams: Representational Art to the Forefront (152)

III: Education Illustrated (157)
Dan James
Nicholas Blechman
David Heatley
Rick Meyerowitz

IV: The Comics Profession (165)
The Business of Comics
45. Heidi MacDonald: Surviving the Convention Circuit (166)
46. Todd Hignite: Popularizing the Comics (170)
47. Eric Reynolds: Growing Pains (174)

The Creation of Comics
48. Craig Yoe: Bring out the Dead! (177)
49. Colin Berry: Street Smarts (183)
50. Dennis O’Neil: Write Ways: an Unruly Anti-Treatise (186)
51. Tim Kreider: Throwing the Book at Comic Artists (189)
52. Robert Fiore: Common Sense on Giving Offense: A Brief Guide to What You Can Get Away with (193)
53. Ward Sutton: Contradictions of Character (195)
54. Trina Robbins: What’s Love Got to Do with It? (198)

V: Comics Studies (203)
Teaching Comics
Interview by Gunnar Swanson
55. Scott McCloud: The Four Tribes of Comics (204)
56. Joe Kubert: Dedication, Commitment, Talent (210)
57. Roger Sabin: Some “Contemptible” British Students (214)
Interview by Joel Priddy
58. Will Eisner: To the Heart of the Medium (221)

Lesson plans
59. Ted Stearn: The Importance of Teaching Comics (229)
60. James Sturm: Portrait of a Comics Artist as a Graphic Designer (232)
61. Matt Madden: Experimental Comics in the Classroom (235)
62. Rich Kreiner: Funnybook Lit 101 (238)

63. Resources List (243)
64. Contributor Biographies (246)
Index (257)
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