Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice

Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice

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by Ivan Brunetti
     
 

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The best cartooning is efficient visual storytelling it is as much a matter of writing as it is of drawing. In this book, noted cartoonist and illustrator Ivan Brunetti presents fifteen distinct lessons on the art of cartooning, guiding his readers through wittily written passages on cartooning terminology, techniques, tools, and theory. Supplemented by Brunetti's own…  See more details below

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The best cartooning is efficient visual storytelling it is as much a matter of writing as it is of drawing. In this book, noted cartoonist and illustrator Ivan Brunetti presents fifteen distinct lessons on the art of cartooning, guiding his readers through wittily written passages on cartooning terminology, techniques, tools, and theory. Supplemented by Brunetti's own illustrations, prepared specially for this book, these lessons move the reader from spontaneous drawings to single-panel strips and complicated multipage stories. Through simple, creative exercises and assignments, Brunetti offers an unintimidating approach to a complex art form. He looks at the rhythms of storytelling, the challenges of character design, and the formal elements of comics while composing pages in his own iconic style and experimenting with a variety of tools, media, and approaches. By following the author's sophisticated and engaging perspective on the art of cartooning, aspiring cartoonists of all ages will hone their craft, create their personal style, and discover their own visual language

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal

“A simple yet sophisticated guide . . . inculcate[s] a sense of cartoons as an essentially literary form.”—Wall Street Journal
Big Think

“Not everyone can be Charles Schulz or Ivan Brunetti, but if you give your time and best efforts to the program laid out in Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice, you might be more of yourself.”—Bob Duggan, Big Think

— Bob Duggan

PopMatters.com

"Brunetti has given the cartooning world something very similar to what Strunk & White gave to prose with their Elements of Style. . . . keep it right next to your desk where you can find it at a moment's notice."—Tim O'Neil, PopMatters.com

— Tim O'Neil

Lynda Barry

"This is the best book ever written, as far as I'm concerned. . . . It's the best book I've ever read on cartooning, and it's so generous. It's like, anybody can do this. The book is so good."—Lynda Barry, cartoonist
PopMatters.com - Tim O'Neil

"Brunetti has given the cartooning world something very similar to what Strunk & White gave to prose with their Elements of Style. . . . keep it right next to your desk where you can find it at a moment's notice."—Tim O'Neil, PopMatters.com
Big Think - Bob Duggan

“Not everyone can be Charles Schulz or Ivan Brunetti, but if you give your time and best efforts to the program laid out in Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice, you might be more of yourself.”—Bob Duggan, Big Think
Library Journal
This thoughtful take on comic art by Brunetti, whose work has appeared in McSweeney's and The New Yorker, is the condensed version of a course the author teaches on the art of cartooning. He presents a series of assignments designed to help readers express themselves eloquently in words and pictures. One especially clever exercise walks readers through the process of distilling a complete story into a one-panel comic strip using J.D. Salinger's classic The Catcher in the Rye as an example. Don't be fooled by the whimsical cover; this book is decidedly aimed at adults.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300172591
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
575,144
File size:
3 MB

What People are saying about this

Lynda Barry
This is the best book ever written, as far as I'm concerned. . . . It's the best book I've ever read on cartooning, and it's so generous. It's like, anybody can do this. The book is so good.—Lynda Barry, cartoonist

Meet the Author


Ivan Brunetti has published several graphic novels and taught courses on editorial illustration and comics at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. His drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and he served as editor for Yale University Press's two-volume Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories.

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Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goes in his treehouse and chills
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Aww..." he said sadly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to ninjago res one. The book has Jay on its cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walked in
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Hello newcomers welcome
MacMan1231 More than 1 year ago
Brunetti's writing style is almost stream of consciousness, and full of his personal opinions and thoughts. It's almost as if he had recorded his classroom lecture, and had it transcribed. Nevertheless, he provides practical instruction and advice. The exercises are designed to get the participant drawing, and exploring cartooning methods and styles.
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