Improvising Comics: Techniques to Generate Funny Ideas

John McNamee, Cartoonist and Comedy Writer

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7 Videos (22m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Project Assignment

    • Drawing Simply

    • Generating Ideas

    • Expanding Your Ideas

    • Ending Your Comic

    • Conclusion

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About This Class

Ever wanted to make comics, but didn't know what to draw? Join John McNamee (Pie Comic, the Onion News Network, Clickhole) as he shows you how to use ideas from the world of improv comedy to help you make comics. In this class you'll learn to draw faster and more simply, generate funny ideas, explore what's funny about those ideas, and come up with the punchiest punch lines. This is the perfect class for beginners, or veteran comic makers who just want to inject a little more fun into their work.

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Short and sweet, the lesson gives a good direction for people to follow as they try to make their own comics.
Samantha Griggs

Sarcasm is my weapon of choice

This class is well organized and edited. It’s entertaining and conveys just what it sets out to with no extraneous filler. It is very easy to apply these skills to your own workflow, whether you are beginning or looking to break through writer’s block. Definitely recommend!
Toni Blye

Photographer, crafter, drawer, maker of things





John McNamee

Cartoonist and Comedy Writer

John McNamee is a comedy writer and cartoonist living in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the New Yorker, Mad Magazine, the Onion News Network, and Clickhole. John's comedy has been featured on CNN, IFC, McSweeny's, TV Guide, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Gawker, and numerous other sites. He has studied and performed improv and sketch at the UCB theater in Los Angeles, where one of the founders once made fun of his pants on stage for like 2 minutes. John had it coming.

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