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BILL GRIFFITH'S TEN RULES

Zippy for President(Posted by Dov Torbin.)

 

Bill Griffith did a Sunday Zippy recently in which he cited ten rules for drawing comics. Here they are:

1.    Cartoon characters have souls.

2.    As Freud meant to say: "Every cartoon character you create is you."

3.    You're the auteur of your comic. You write, cast, light, film, direct, and edit. You have final cut.

4.    Each panel, strip, page, and spread is a graphic unit. Compose them that way.

5.    Comics are equal parts drawing and writing. With writing being a bit more equal.

6.    Ambiguity is okay. Ask the reader to meet you half way.

7.    Don't just look at comics for inspiration. Stare at Hopper, Rembrandt, Magritte, Dürer, Hiroshige, and        Marsh.

8.    It isn't necessary to completely write out your strip or story in advance. Let the characters speak to you        (and for themselves).

9.    While you work, take breaks to stretch your neck and upper back.

10.   Never listen to anyone else's advice on cartooning.

 

Dunno that I agree with all of No. 5, unless by "writing" Griffith means concept and plot and the like, in addition to just words on paper. -- RCH

 

Bill Griffith photo

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