March Book of the Month: ‘Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice’ by Ivan Brunetti

In Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice, the editor of Yale’s Anthology of Graphic Fiction offers a smart and charming guide to the art of cartooning through 15 weeklong lessons.

The best cartooning is efficient visual storytelling – it is as much a matter of writing as it is of drawing. In this book, noted cartoonist and illustrator Ivan Brunetti presents fifteen distinct lessons on the art of cartooning, guiding his readers through wittily written passages on cartooning terminology, techniques, tools, and theory.

Supplemented by Brunetti’s own drawings, prepared specially for this book, these lessons move the reader from spontaneous drawings to single-panel strips and complicated multipage stories. Through simple, creative exercises and assignments, Brunetti offers an unintimidating approach to a complex art form. He looks at the rhythms of storytelling, the challenges of character design, and the formal elements of comics while composing pages in his own iconic style and experimenting with a variety of tools, media, and approaches. By following the author’s sophisticated and engaging perspective on the art of cartooning, aspiring cartoonists of all ages will hone their craft, create their personal style, and discover their own visual language.

About the Author

Ivan Brunetti has published numerous graphic novels and taught courses on editorial illustration and comics at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Chicago. His drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and McSweeney’s, among other publications, and he served as editor for Yale University Press’s two-volume Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories.

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Promotional trailer for Ivan Brunetti’s Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice.


Ivan Brunetti discussing An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories, Volume 2. Director John Kuramoto brings together dozens of images from leading indie comics artists featured in the book, along with commentary by Ivan Brunetti.

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