Saturday, January 15, 2011

What Would Caniff Do?

One of the assignments I give in my Inking Comics class is to finish these unfinished Male Call strips by Milton Caniff. It's a fun exercise in the strategy of organizing black, white, and gray. Below are some solutions by students Daniel Pucca, Adam Markiewicz, and Earl Barrett-Holloway.

Class starts next week, January 25, 2011. Come get inky with us!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Sketches and Notes from the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival


The Art of Editing-- Sammy Harkham, Bill Kartalopoulos, Francoise Mouly.

Taking Inventory: The Story of Things-- James McShane, Jungyeon Roh, Renee French, Leanne Shapton.

When Comic Books Were New-- Evan Dorkin, Paul Pope, Dan Nadel. Also Anders Nilsen, Q & A.

How Nancy Is-- Johnny Ryan, Bill Griffith, Mark Newgarden, Bill Kartalopoulos.

Chaos and Pattern-- Mark Alan Stamaty, Jordan Crane, Keith Jones, Brian Chippendale.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Classes, News

This Tuesday, I'll be presenting slide shows about my upcoming classes, Cartooning Basics and Inking Comics, at the SVA Cartooning and Illustration Information Session.

Come hear me rant about line sensitivity, composition-driven distortion, temporal cubism, and other crackpot ideas. 6:30-8:30 pm, Tues. Jan. 11, 209 East 23rd Street, room 311, 3rd floor. Free!

In other news, my dear friend Jason Little was kind enough to drop my name on the Comic Book Resources site (scroll way, way down). Asked about overlooked cartoonists, Jason sez, "
T. Motley immigrated from Boulder to New York a few years ago, and brought his brilliant formal playground 'Tragic Strip' to The Brooklyn Rail. It’s worth subscribing to this paper for Tom’s comics alone. Read more at" Actually, I came from Denver, but Boulder's close enough. Thanks bro!