Drawing Cartoons and Comics For Dummies by Brian Fairrington

By Brian Fairrington

A targeted reference for developing and advertising unique cartoons and comics
An unique American artwork shape, comics thrill thousands of individuals around the globe. Combining step by step guide with professional information and suggestion, Drawing Cartoons & Comics For Dummies is a one-stop reference for growing and advertising unique cartoons and comics. whereas many books are inclined to specialise in particular characters or issues, this thorough advisor focuses in its place on aiding aspiring artists grasp the elemental development blocks of cartoons and comics, revealing step-by-step tips on how to create every thing from wisecracking bunnies to souped-up great villains. It additionally explores lettering and coloring, and provides professional advertising suggestion. The book's colour insert presents suggestions on tips to upload colour to sketch creations.

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Because their primary targets are people in authoritative positions, the use of harsh caricature may have the useful psychological benefit of making the subjects seem less powerful. Of course, psychology aside, such imagery also makes for prime comedy. ✓ They often rely heavily on satire to make their point. One good and well-known example of satire in a political cartoon is a cartoon acknowledged to be the first political cartoon in America, written by Ben Franklin. His “Join or Die,” which depicts a snake whose severed parts represent the American colonies, is based on a common superstition of the day that stated that a dead snake would come back to life if the pieces were placed next to one another.

His characters’ thick Southern accents were laid out phonetically for all the world to see. Kelly used the way his characters delivered their lines to convey as much expression as the words themselves. ✓ Appreciate social satire. Kelly wrote from a distinct political and social viewpoint. He used his targets’ own gestures and syntax against them as he lampooned them not only as politicians but also as archetypes. Rarely heavy-handed, Kelly typically delivered his thoughts quietly — he never shouted.

This tradition is what we call the “funny pages,” and you can find it in every large newspaper today. Hearst realized that he could get more bang for his buck by distributing the comics he bought for one newspaper to all the newspapers in his chain. He started the Newspaper Feature Service in 1913 to do just that. Its success was monumental, and it was soon spun off into a separate entity, serving newspapers beyond the Hearst chain. In 1915, it was renamed the King Features Syndicate. The newspaper syndicates of today operate the very same way: They develop distinctive titles to offer to publications on a subscription basis.

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