I've just finished a biography/memoir entitled, My Madonna. It's recently been released by my agent's company, Whimsy Publishing.  Please use the link below to to to the Amazon site where you can read various reviews and order the book if you so choose.                                                                                                                           http://www.amazon.com/MY-MADONNA-INTIMATE-FRIENDSHIP-ebook/dp/B009QUMAE4

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       Dynamic Sequential Art

I currently have a blog on the Jack Kirby Museum website, called Kirby Kinetics.
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I believe Sequential Art is one of the most effective communication tools today and in the Future.
 
       Ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil, I would find myself drawing images that had a story behind them. My mother would read Stevenson's Treasure Island to me, with its strong, evocative illustrations by N.C. Wyeth that captured my imagination. The paintings were fragments, frozen moments from the story's highlights. The illustration of Jim Hawkins, perched in the crosstrees of the ship's mast, aiming his twin pistols at an approaching pirate, featuring the caption, "One more step Mr. Hands and I'll blow your brains out!" is etched in my memory forever.
       Shortly thereafter, I stared rteading and studying comics, for their amazing use of sequential storytelling. In an ordinary book, the pictures are used sparingly in service of the text. In comics, it is difficult to know which aspect of the storytelling, words or pictures is more important.
       There are so many challenges, so many decisions that a sequential storyteller had to make. How do you begin a story? Should the splash panel or the establishing image be a part of the story, or should it just dramatically foreshadow it? How best do you tell the story? Do you use predominantly medium shots, long shots or close ups. Do you use an omnipotent narrator or just the dialog of the character?
        What about pacing? How fast should you show the passage of time? How many panels does it take to describe a minute in time? An hour?
        Comics or sequential storytelling is an amazingly rich and complex art form and the pursuit of the most effective ways to use this art form has taken up a good postion of my life. Of only secondary importance is my quest to explain to people how amazing sequential art is.
I've just finished a biography/memoir entitled, My Madonna. It's recently been released by my agent's company, Whimsy Publishing.  Please use the link below to to to the Amazon site where you can read various reviews and order the book if you so choose.                                                                                                                           http://www.amazon.com/MY-MADONNA-INTIMATE-FRIENDSHIP-ebook/dp/B009QUMAE4
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