Grab a sketchbook and some pencils and pens! Ivan Brunetti will lead you through a fifteen- week course on how to create your own comics. Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice (Yale Univ., $13) is a small, thin book—but packed with ideas, tips, and exercises. You will begin with doodles to find your own “visual handwriting,” and progress through single-panel cartoons all the way to a four-page story. Brunetti has many clever exercises (condense your favorite novel into a drawing), but always stresses the hard, continuing work of daily drawing. “Practice is philosophy,” he says, and if you follow the course (or even try it for a few weeks), good things will happen.
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