Series 2 Episode 2 – Are Comic Colleges Any Use?

This week, the team is missing Matt but they manage to solider on regardless! The topic is “are comic colleges any use?“(click the link to read the preview blog) and Luke Healy is in the command chair.

Listener contributions come from Dave, and Ben Chamberlain of Supermassive Black Hole A*.

Comics mentioned in this week’s episode are:

Link: wcp-s02e02.mp3 (41 minutes)

3 Responses to “Series 2 Episode 2 – Are Comic Colleges Any Use?”

  1. smbhax11 July 2012 at 11:02 #

    I like this format–you’ve been picking some interesting topics.

    Any liberal arts school would tell you that critical thinking *can* be taught (and that they will teach it to you!).

    Another question about the art school thing would be what do you want to learn? Because an art program at a liberal arts college, for instance, might teach you something very different from a more career-oriented institution such as the Kubert school; do you want to learn about the breadth and possibility of visual arts as a medium, or do you want to learn the technical details of how to produce a certain type of demonstrably profitable art?

    And it’s interesting because I was thinking about what webcomics I like for the art that were probably the result of a liberal arts type of education, vs the webcomics whose art I like for its by-the-book cartooniness, and I’ve sort of realized that I don’t really have any definite examples to hold up from either category. : P Artistic liberality can be overdone, and you end up with an artistic, indecipherable mess; strict cartooning, on the other hand, on the web tends to me to come off as boring and ho-hum, been there, done that. I probably favor more the indecipherable mess, if pressed–as one could guess from my own comic!–but really my favorite artists are those who maybe bulled through one or other of those types of education, or dropped out partway through, but in the end didn’t get stuck in them and formed their own style from stuff they saw out there themselves that they liked.

    But in the end I guess if you *can* go to art school, it would be silly not to–unless you’re already as successful with your art as you want to be. And if it doesn’t seem to be helping and you don’t like it you can always drop out and be confirmed as a real art rebel!

    I thought the observation of the age divisions in people showing at cons was interesting, but I’m not sure you can extrapolate directly from that to people working on webcomics in general. 20-somethings, for instance, may well have far more free time to indulge in such things than older folks–and it seems to me (as an old fogey in his later 30’s : o) that the younger people have been more thoroughly indoctrinated in this internet-spread idea that cons are the thing to do and the way to network and all that.

    Pros, of course, go because they know they can make money.

    As an old fart who is not what I would consider a “pro,” I don’t go to cons as a vendor because a) I am skeptical of how useful cons actually are for networking and publicity and b) I’m fairly certain I would not make a significantly useful amount of money. Oh and c) I don’t want to take time off from actually producing my comic.

    But yeah I’d guess that past the 20’s there’s a big drop-off in the number of “amateurs” showing at cons because older folks generally can’t afford not to make money for more than a few years at most–so either they become “pros” fairly quickly, or they drop out of the field and stick with whatever makes them a living. Still though it does seem to me like a lot of the non-pros I hear interviewed on other podcasts sound like they’re around their 30’s, but just producing their comic quietly at home rather than rolling the dice on the con scene.

  2. Stef Marcinkowski11 July 2012 at 18:21 #

    I’ve found that many people with any sort of academics behind them tend to solve problems from a theoretical perspective rather than an emotional one. They tend to follow the rules, emulate their masters and do things “by the book”. They’re not always very adept at solving problems, experimenting or pushing their own limits. The only real cure for this is even MORE education, once we embrace just how much more there is yet to learn.


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