Drawing on the Funny Side of the Brain: How to Come up with Jokes for Cartoons and Comic Strips

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Teaching cartoonists how to evoke laughs is the latest great idea to come from a best-selling author who always knows just what readers want. Aspiring cartoonists and seasoned professionals all face the same problem: coming up with a steady stream of jokes for their drawings. But there's a science to funny art, and this book's complete course shows just how to create comic panels and strips that get laughs, setup right through to punch lines. The essential tools of joke writing are outlined: visual stereotypes of...

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Teaching cartoonists how to evoke laughs is the latest great idea to come from a best-selling author who always knows just what readers want. Aspiring cartoonists and seasoned professionals all face the same problem: coming up with a steady stream of jokes for their drawings. But there's a science to funny art, and this book's complete course shows just how to create comic panels and strips that get laughs, setup right through to punch lines. The essential tools of joke writing are outlined: visual stereotypes of comic teaming (fat/skinny, short/tall): setting up a character's agenda, then putting up obstacles to create conflict; action that brings the surprise. Other valuable guidance includes whether to find resource materials for jokes, plus tips for drawing comic lettering styles and dialogue balloons.

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Hart, a regular contributor to Mad Magazine and a comedy screenwriter, has produced a manual with equal emphasis on the art of cartooning and the art of comedy. He has the requisite chapters on how to draw funny characters, but he comes into his own when he analyses pacing and rhythm, set-up and punch lines, and the differences between dramatic and comedic scenes. Certain words, he maintains, are ordinary and certain ones funny (e.g., fat is ordinary, bloated is funny, four is ordinary, five is funny--as are all odd numbers). This and Robin Hall's The Cartoonist's Workbook: Drawing, Writing Gags, Selling (LJ 11/15/97) are the two best such books available.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823013814
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hart

CHRISTOPHER HART is the world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart's books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    Excellent!!! I'm glad it's in my library.....

    I've found this to be one of the best books written on the subject. As an aspiring cartoonist just starting out, I found it very useful and practical. I would imagine experienced cartoonists could get useful info out of this book as well. The only book I found to be it's equal is Randy Glasbergen's 'How to be a Successful Cartoonist', which unfortunately is out of print. Buy Hart's book. See you in the funny papers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2002

    This book is Awesome!

    If you ever wanted to try your hand at comic strips, but didn't know what to do, than this book will give you all the basic info you will need. This book shows you how to draw comic characters, create funny dialogue, layout your comic strip panels and addresses of comic syndicates to send your work to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2000

    Good book that covers what to expect when drawing a daily comic

    A good book for a person starting from scratch. Christopher Hart tells us what to expect for drawing a daily comic.

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