Sunday, July 01, 2012

Story/Gag Workshop at TAAFI (TORONTO) on Sunday July 8 2012






STORY WORKSHOP 1:30 PM

HOW TO DRAW STORIES FOR CARTOONS
The folks at the Toronto animation festival came up with a unique workshop idea and asked me to demonstrate the way I write the stories for my cartoons.


As most people who've read the blog know, I don't use scripts; I use the classic cartoon method of writing the details of the story with drawings on storyboards. My writers are all cartoonists and animators. Of course, not all cartoonists have story ability but the ones who do write the best cartoons because they understand what works when you have to draw every frame of the story.

Mike Kerr, one of my funniest story partners will be joining me on stage to conduct a "gag session".

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
We'll want to involve some of the artists in the audience and have you suggest gags and draw them out on storyboards which we will pin up and review and add to.

Their may be around 80 people in the audience, so I wouldn't be able to personally spend time withe every artist, so I'm trying to figure out a way in advance to maybe see some of your work and select a few funny cartoonists.

I will do another post with some links to storyboards I've done and character designs and descriptions.

CAN YOU DRAW FUNNY? APPLY NOW
In the meantime if you'd like to participate in the event, you might get used to drawing some of my characters. (They don't have to be perfectly on model, but the drawings should feel like the characters and express their personalities).

The characters I am thinking of using are Slab N Ernie, Bobby Bigloaf, maybe George Liquor, Sody Pop and The Heartaches.



Maybe we can get 2 or 3 cartoonist units together and each unit can storyboard a section of a different story.


If you wanna do some sketches and upload them to a blog or web site to show, put an (active) link in the comments to this post. If I think you have story potential, I may select you and give you a heads up on a rough story idea to start sketching up. Or if you already are familiar with my characters, you can suggest your own story or gag idea. - REMEMBER - DO IT WITH DRAWINGS, NOT JUST TEXT.

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26 comments:

Manuel Iwansky said...

The storyboard makes perfectly no sense to me. I would like to contribute a drawing of a 36 year-old Pontiac with George in it to your private inventory of fan-art, if you so please, Sir.

BTW: I guess Stimpy's snoring issue led to his failed marriage of which only Ren and Mr. Horse know.

David de Rooij said...

I saw Nick Cross is there too! I wish I could be there! Looks like it's going to be great!

Elana Pritchard said...

Here's something for a start:

Out In the Woods

Paul B said...

Man I wish I was in other country right now...
Somebody have to record this!

Zartok-35 said...

Damn,that workshop sounds like a real blast! If anyone is passionate about storyboarding in animation, it's you, mr. K.

HemlockMan said...

You and yours create cartoons the way Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko created comics in the early days of Marvel Comics. But with those guys, Stan Lee got to sneak up behind them and put his name on everything!!!!

infinitysend said...

John, your passion and knowledge about cartoons is invaluable. But I feel you're fighting an uphill battle that can't be won. The only way you can fight it is with CARTOONS!

Will we ever see cartoons from you ever again? ;_;

Best regards,
Longtime fan Ryan Barrett

infinitysend said...

John, your passion and knowledge about cartoons is invaluable. But I feel you're fighting an uphill battle that can't be won. The only way you can fight it is with CARTOONS!

Will we ever see cartoons from you ever again? ;_;

Best regards,
Longtime fan Ryan Barrett

Thiago Levy said...

Oh man I wish I knew about this couple months ago. Now I'll have to sell a kidney for a ticket Miami/Toronto.

Cory said...

Hello John! I'm a long time fan of your art and animation, and read your blog religiously. Incredible body of work all around. Here's a quick sketch of a story/gag for your consideration:

Story Sketch for John K.

Cory Mendenhall

Greydon Luterbach said...

Hey John,

I know this isn't storyboards/gags per say but here is an animation that I did that was very inspired by you and your work. I couldn't find any other way to get in contact with you. I'd love to hear back from you and let me know what you think. My email is greydon.luterbach@gmail.com

https://vimeo.com/41126637

Thank you.

Thiago Levy said...

What is the best place to stay near the event? Something affordable, Anyone?

m__a++r**K said...

Hi John,

Here's some of my work for you to look at:

www.magicsweater.com

Thanks.

Steph said...

http://twin-dragon-88.blogspot.ca/2012/06/blog-post.html

Hey John! Here's a few sketches for the Taafi workshop! See you in Toronto!

greenhorngallery said...
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greenhorngallery said...

greenhorn gallery: TEACHER's PET!

"MI" is my Character. I also posted a couple gesture drawings on my blog.

If this workshop is available online or something I would be interested.

Scotty Ohnoudidnt said...

Ha! I was reading the Slab n Ernie bit, and was thinking how the gags would play out almost the exact same way you explained them. By the time I read them, it was like deja vu. I would love to edit for you!

p.s. Just picked up "Oh Joy!" (Shitbirds) just cause you did the jacket. I love any and all of your art. I also have the world's largest Ren & Stimpy collection (no joke) and bought it all 2nd hand so asshat backstabbers wouldn't get any loot.

You are just too wicked Mr. K.

JohnK said...

Hi folks

if you want me to look at something leave me an actual link

that I don't have to cut and paste

thanks!

John

Steph said...

Another Slab n' Earnie Script selection

Something I thought up

Hey John! Can't wait til Taafi! Been a fan for a while and hope to have some fun boarding! Woo!

Steph said...

Another Slab n' Earnie Script selection

Something I thought up

Hey John! Can't wait til Taafi! Been a fan for a while and hope to have some fun boarding! Woo!

Steph said...

Another Slab n' Earnie Script selection

Something I thought up

Hey John! Can't wait til Taafi! Been a fan for a while and hope to have some fun boarding! Woo!

greenhorngallery said...

My blog is at www.greenhorngallery.blogspot.com I don't know how to leave an active link in this comment box.

Under Categories on the right column I have Animations/Cartoon/Scribble Your Gesture/The Illustrator for samples and video links.

I like 'Mi" and "Fritzy Fly" which are undeveloped characters. The guy walking in the "Mi" clip looks like one of my Instructors.

Mimi was my chosen High School French class Name. Fritzy was my Grandma's brother.

Steph said...

How to Create an Active Link! Just Click here!

Steph said...

Updated Another Slab N Ernie Script Selection

Here's the audition with updated text!

Steph

nodnarB said...

Hi John! Here is my audition. I will not be able to make it to the workshop but thought I would give it a try anyhow. I would love any feedback you have.

here is my audition with the heartache characters

Steph said...

Thanks a bunch for coming up John! It was very informative to hear you and not nearly as boring as you thought to watch you board.

Looking forward to seeing more stuff in the future!