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Peer Review

On the site today: Sean Collins introduces us to Julia Gfrörer.

In contributor news: Did you know that Frank Santoro is going on tour to preach his comics gospel? Well he is! Here’s the info:

Frank Santoro’s Comic Book Layout Workshop

Why do some comics read easier than others? Is it the story, the cartooning or the page design? Frank Santoro will demonstrate how some cartoonists such as Hal Foster and Herge used visual harmonies and structures in their page designs much like classical oil painters. Discover the similarities between visual and musical harmonies and how some of the great cartoonists used dynamic symmetry like a map to organize their stories.

Also, after the talk, Frank will lead an informal FREE workshop focusing on formats available for the comic book maker in 2012. Everyone is welcome. Come see what Frank Santoro’s Correspondence Course is all about – or come on down just to argue with Frank – maybe even buy a book and get it signed.

Tour Dates – Frank Santoro Signing / Workshop Tour

Thursday 2/2

Escapist Comics
Berkeley, CA

Friday 2/3
Mission Comics
San Francisco, CA

Thursday 2/9
Floating World Comics
Portland, OR

Saturday 2/11
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Seattle, WA

Thursday 2/16
Lucky’s Comics
Vancouver, BC

If I lived in the fabled West I’d travel a great distance to experience this.

On the internets things are a little slow, though Tom Spurgeon has some exciting D&Q news. And here are some old comics: H.G. Peters’ last Wonder Woman story; Anyone want some Wardell? Anyone?


2 Responses to Peer Review

  1. Briany Najar says:

    I can’t remember if Frank has mentioned Jay Hambidge before.
    Chances are, he’s well versed in Hambidge’s theories of Dynamic Symmetry, he uses that very term, so it seems likely.
    Just in case he isn’t, and for anyone else who digs the analytic approach to compositional proportion, I recommend:
    The Greek Vase,
    and,
    Elements of Dynamic Symmetry.
    Both books go into great detail about dynamic rectangles, such as the Golden rectangle and rectangles based on square-root proportions, like 1/root2, which is the same as the A series of paper sizes.
    Lots of great stuff about gnomons and perpendiculars, all derived from classical Greek and Egyptian art.
    It’s all out of copyright, too, so you can get it on archive.org.

  2. Frank Santoro says:

    Yes, definitely, thank you!

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