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Matthew Bernier shares Comic Tools with process junkies

As someone who’s fascinated with the process of making comics – and someone who occasionally writes them as well – I read a lot of process advice. A few years ago there was a post by cartoonist Matthew Bernier on the First Second blog that’s stuck with me. It was about the benefit to artists of working with a writer. As a writer, of course I loved that idea, but beyond my own ego, it also speaks to one of the greatest advantages of collaborating: forcing everyone involved to leave their comfort zones and stretch artistically.

I couldn’t have told you that Bernier was the author of that post, but it makes sense that he’s also the creator of the awesome new process blog, Comic Tools. In addition to teaching difficult anatomy like horse legs and canine feet, Bernier stresses the importance of visual detailsproper storytelling, and other vital elements. It’s a blog that process junkies and aspiring creators will want to make a habit of checking in on.

(via The Beat)



I love it every time some know-it-all with no career goes around lecturing people who regularly get paying work. Just like when Scott Mc-I-MADE-AN-INDIE-BOOK did all those books about how comics should be made, oblivious to how guys like the Penny Arcade dudes had beaten him to the reinvention of the form by several years, and in practice rather than just theory.

I love it how some anonymous internet troll has to disparage people they know nothing about. How is he lecturing people who get paying work? Scott Mccloud is an authority on graphic storytelling. Just ask anyone who does get paying work in the industry.

I love it every time some know-it-all on an article comment section goes around on a tangent while intentionally missing the point.

Just because a particular person isn’t a household name, or even one of the first 50 names you can drop in relation to a career/profession doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them. My Highschool/college professors weren’t bigshots, but I learned much more from them than I did Michelle Shearer, Stephen Hawking or Fred Rogers.

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