January 9th, 2015

i want to make cartoons & comics but i have no idea where to start!

On Twitter, one of my responses to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy was to post this:

Let 2015 be the year more people from around the world take up cartooning/comics to tell their stories.

Then someone on Twitter very reasonably asked, How would I even start?
Here are some questions you might have, and I've done my best to answer them!

* I'm not sure what kind of comics I like! How do I find out?

There are lots of places you can find comics: newspapers and newspaper websites, magazines, comics websites, your local library, bookshops and comics shops are the most obvious places. Don't stop exploring if you don't like the first few comics you read: there are as many kinds of comics out there as there are other kinds of books: cooking comics, superhero comics, crime comics, romance comics, autobiographical journal comics, travel comics, journalist reportage comics, the list goes on!

If you're looking for some online comics, here are a few creators and their comics that have inspired me. (Click to follow the links. Note: not all the content may be appropriate for young children.)

Kate Beaton (comics about history, literature, some autobiographical comics)
Philippa Rice and her webcomic My Cardboard Life - fun use of collage!
Stephen Collins - weekly Guardian comic strip
Lucy Knisley
Joe Decie
Raina Telgemeier
Dan Berry - Dan also does a great series of podcasts interviewing cartoonists on his Make It Then Tell Everybody website.
Isabel Greenberg
Eleanor Davis
Boulet (in English, in French)

Also check out Maura McHugh's list of female comic creators in Europe with links
Joamette Gil's list of webcomics with black lead characters with links

* Do I need to be good at drawing?

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