graphic narrative


Love following links from Twitter. Following @Bonniegrrl’s re-tweetof Gizmodo’s sent me to this one: shttp://superherosquad.marvel.com/create_your_own_comic. (yeah, I know. that’s a lot of social jargon. sorry). May even use it for my 100 panels. I’m already behind a day of panels, sorry to say. I’ll catch up. Ultimately, there will be 30×100 panels. Three thousand?

O.

Well, this will count as four!

mini strip from Marvel

The Silver Surfer Arrives

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I started National Novel Writing Month very early this morning.  There are people who are not writing novels this month.  There are lots of other people doing other creative things this month as well.  Seems to be a good time to undo the bonds of resistance to our creativity.

I’ve decided that I need to do something constructive about my drawing, so I am starting a project for this month.  I’m calling it NaPaDraMo–National Panel Drawing Month.  OK, so it’s not national, but it could be.  It’s definitely about drawing panels and I’m limiting it to the month.  What exactly am I limiting?

I am limiting myself to drawing 100 panels a day.

Whoa! That’s a lot, you might say.  Not really.  I’m defining a panel as a little rectangle on a page.  I am limiting myself to just filling up that panel with some drawing.  I’ve made a list of what I want to accomplish.  And I’ve made a good start.  I already did over 100 panels today.  All of the panels fit on one page in my sketchbook.  I didn’t say how big the panels have to be!

Why one hundred?  I got a lot out of the time I spent posting entries to the 100Words.com site.  Besides rhythm and editing, I learned how to manage the barriers I felt to engaging writing on a daily basis.  This is what I hope to get from making 100 panels a day.

So, the plan?  I won’t be posting all the work here.  Instead, I’ll post the pages/panels I like the best.  I am starting another blog to discuss the project and will possibly post some on Flickr.  Meanwhile…off to start the new blog.

Edited to add: Blog is here!

We are intending to create a place in which we share our efforts to make graphic stories, visual narratives.

There is a simpler way of saying this.  I just don’t have it yet!  As one of the Admins, I am going to focus on keeping us on topic.  I am looking for sites that emphasize narrative drawing, sequential art, and of course, inspire us to keep on path.

That path? (deleted 1 Feb 2009– Why?  See the post.)

I have taken my own first steps, and decided how to integrate storytelling with imagery.  I am rearranging my flat to support my intent.  What are you doing in your Real Life to support your intent to draw more?