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September 17, 2012


Skipper Hammond

I sometimes envy cartoonists. They seem to be able to get away with more than novelists can. Or maybe they just have more chutzpah.
That advice to make dialogue distinctive often is applied like sparkles on wet paint--superficial peculiarities of speech but nothing to show the character's personality. The dialogue sounds like it's coming from a Mattel mouth, not a live character.
Good cartoonists, like good writers, have a magical way of combining quirks of speech and mannerisms with reactions to situations to create a living, breathing character.

Toni L.P. Kelner

What made me really jealous was a picture he drew of a surprised character: his hat popping off his head, eyes bugging out, mouth hanging open, and free-range exclamation points. It was so much more expressive than "He was really surprised."

Elaine Viets

We love cartoons, too, Toni. Don has collections of Walt Kelly's Pogo strips.
I need to check out Knight's work.

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