In This Chapter
^ Finding ideas — they're everywhere! ^ Sketching everything you see ^ Coming up with and testing out humorous material ^ Solving creative dry spells m reating a cartoon involves more than just drawing a couple of charac-^^ters and having them interact with each other on the page. Most people want to be entertained when they read cartoons, so you need to create an interesting story that readers want to read. And by the very nature of most comic strips, you want to include something humorous in your artwork. If you think you can come up with something funny and original to say, then you're off to a great start in becoming a cartoonist. Even if you don't, no need to worry. You can develop a knack for finding creative ideas and including humor with just a little work.
You've come to the right place if you want to start writing fresh and funny story lines. This chapter looks at where to find ideas (don't worry, they're everywhere!) and what to do with them. I show you ways to set up a joke and how to master the art of comedic timing. I also give you tips for coming up with ideas when the well runs dry, and I explore the possibilities and pitfalls of thinking outside the cartoon box.
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