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Some Things, Off the Top of My Head, an Artist Should Know

Please don’t take my extended absence personally: I barely wrote anything in 2017. Let’s change that this year.

(2019 Edit:  So much for that.)

But this post, as the title says, wasn’t planned. It started out as an answer to a Reddit post asking what you should study if you want to go pro, but as I kept writing, I realized it was turning into a blog post.

So here you go: a list, from memory, of what I think an artist with ambition should be reading up on.

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Build a Studio from Nothing

Early this year, I moved a thousand miles and had to rebuild my bedroom studio from scratch, and a couple months later, my laptop bricked itself, forcing me to replace it and all its programs.

So I took that opportunity to tackle one of comics’ oldest questions: What are the cheapest supplies you need to make a good one?

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Tell Better Stories With Memes

…OK, both the title and the page image are pretty misleading on this one.  I’m actually talking about memes as Richard Dawkins originally defined them: bits of knowledge passed from person to person via word of mouth and various media.

Figures of speech are memes, writing styles are memes, and tropes are some of the most persistent memes of all.  In fact, you could argue that stories are just meme golems.  Where do all these bits come from, though?  Both reality and fantasy in equal measure: life inspires art inspires life and so on, and memes travel freely between them.

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