Tony the taxidermist

Tony is one of many wild and whacky characters that popped up during this week's Writing and Drawing Comics class with Summer Pierre. I say "popped up" because we had only 60 seconds to draw each character! One of these characters - "The Taxidermist" - appeared complete with bird and cat. I was intrigued. What was …

The joy of lists

This week I started the Writing and Drawing Comics E-Course with Summer Pierre. I have never taken an online course before, so I have been amazed at how lively and fun the whole experience has been. One of the things we focused on this week was working within panels, using the list as our way in. The …

New Year’s Resolutions

I started this comic intending to send up the whole notion of New Year’s resolutions. I planned to make each panel look less and less real and more like an idea of what a new and improved life would look like. As I progressed, however, I found myself enjoying the process. Drawing the things that I …

Batman and me

Keeping a daily diary in the form of a comic strip has been a lot of fun. Sometimes, however, there are only so many ways to depict yourself eating cereal or doing the laundry. It was time for a new spin on things. The following variation comes from Lynda Barry's tumblr: For your daily diary this week you have  to …

No words allowed!

Recently, I've been keeping a daily diary inspired by exercises in Lynda Barry's Syllabus. One variation on the diary is a 4-panel silent comic showing yourself in scenes from the day. One way to get to know how four panels do the sorts of things they are able to do is to keep a silent daily diary strip …

The wonders of the daily diary

I have kept a diary almost every day since I was 11 years old. At the moment, as I'm doodling along with Lynda Barry, I decided to give her version of the daily diary a go. This starts with a simple 4-minute exercise, recording the things you did, saw, and heard during the day, followed …

Doodling along with Lynda Barry

Ever since I read What It Is, I've been a big fan of Lynda Barry's wild and wonderful approach to creativity. Recently, I've been exploring new ways of making comics using her latest book, Syllabus, as a guide. Syllabus is a collection of class notes from the courses Barry has taught at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. These are no ordinary …

The Oracle is in!

Wise figures can turn up in all sorts of places, including cartoons. Sometimes, when we don't seem to have the answers ourselves, these characters have all sorts of ideas and opinions that can prove very helpful indeed. Characters like these have been popping up in my autobiographical cartoons for some time now. It's no surprise, …

Who has the answers?

Cartoon Therapy is a great way to sort out your issues. By drawing something in cartoon form, you can see it with both distance and humour. Last time, we took a real-life situation and exaggerated it. In my case, a continual checking of Facebook became a cartoon about "Facebook Sickness". This time, I'd like to explore what happens when …