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From The Comics Journal:

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As comics has slowly gained more respectability and prestige in both mainstream and academic culture, the notion of becoming a cartoonist for a living has grown to seem less like crazy talk and more like a viable career option, albeit a less than lucrative one. As a result, more and more high schools, colleges, and universities have begun incorporating how-to comics courses into their curriculum.

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Two people at the forefront of this movement are Jessica Abel and Matt Madden. Both skilled and well-respected cartoonists in their own rights, the pair have been teaching comics at the School of Visual Arts for several years now, guiding would-be cartoonists through the dos and don’ts of assembling a picto-narrative. In 2008 they coalesced their theories and practical experience about the medium into the book Drawing Words, Writing Pictures. A textbook designed to be incorporated in classrooms, Drawing Words guided readers through the treacherous terrain of making comics, from basic terminology to structuring a story to using a brush and pencil.

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Now Abel and Madden have published a sequel, Mastering Comics. Picking up where Drawing Words left off, Mastering attempts to cover a variety of disparate concepts, such as... (continue reading)

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