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Creating Single Panel Cartoons

November 6, 2021
Saturday, 10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
this class meets on Zoom


Learn more about the process of creating single panel cartoons through with some analysis, history, and hands-on crafting. New Yorker cartoons are amazing examples of minimalism. They usually are a simple drawing with a few words. But simplicity is deceptive. Good single panel cartoons have 3 stories. There is a backstory we infer; why is she in bed with a clown? A narrative we get from the composition; she looks disappointed. A synergy of word and image as she says; “I thought you would be funnier.” And there’s a story we imagine where the clown cries.

In this workshop we’ll analyze a few cartoons and decide if they are successful and why. We’ll  write and draw our own cartoons with prompts, doodling, brainstorming. Shannon will share a few tricks he picked up cartooning for the New Yorker, MAD, the Onion, Forbes, Esquire, the Nib, and Highlights.

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We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you would like to take a writing class at the Access Rate.

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Creating Single Panel Cartoons
$ 80.00
5 available

Shannon Wheeler

Shannon Wheeler made the Fighting Covid and Beating Covid comics for NWDA to much acclaim. He started cartooning for his college paper, the Daily Californian, when he was at Berkeley studying architecture. He started Too Much Coffee Man as a mini-comic when he lived in Austin, TX. The last 20 years in Portland have been home to him as he published many books, taught comic creating at PSU, won a couple Eisner awards, worked for the New Yorker, and produced an opera.
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