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How brian Ralph gets his ideas

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Link Also I have been reading Ivan Brunetti's 'Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Vol.2' Ivan Brunetti on An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Vol. 2 from Yale University Press on Vimeo .

Raymond Briggs' Workspace

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I am a big Raymond Briggs fan. His comics were some of the first ones that I read; Other than the newspaper ones. Here is a look at his creative space and some insights in his writing process. "On the board is a spread from the book I've been working on for the past two years. It is about old age and death, and if I ever manage to finish it before I die, it will be called Time For Lights Out. The kind of work I do, which involves writing, designing and illustrating, needs a lot of space. This room is about 14 x 28 feet and is nowhere near big enough. This picture shows just a corner of it. There is also an ex-billiards table covered in equipment which the lucky scribbly-tappy writer does not need. First you write it, then you design the typography and lay out the hand lettering. This gives you some idea of the space you are going to need, so you can then design the format, the pagination and the grid. This will show what space is left for illustrations. You light-box off

Pat Grant on writing

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Basically I'm the second kind of writer you outlined. Occasionally I use the story-board method or the stream of consciousness method, and when I do use these I am usually pretty fond of the results, but at heart I'm a prose writer. More often than not I’m drape my graphic work over the top of a pre-prepared scaffolding of prose. I do this because I’ve noticed that a well written ‘voice-over’ is a really fantastic way-in to a comic, particularly for those eyes more schooled in reading text rather than comics. Artist like Joe Sacco, Majane Satrapi, Julie Doucet represent this really important interface between the world of book books and the world of comic books. Reader’s eyes are led through this confusing maze of panels on these stepping stones of more familiar prose. I’m really trying to position my work in this interface by making comics specifically for the people I know who don’t read many comics. I’d rather go to the National Young Writer’s Festival than Supanova. The

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