The decalogue of the cartoonists
- The cartoonists don’t trace, they just use a light table.
- The cartoonists don’t copy, they do research on information material.
- The cartoonists don’t plagiarize other works, they take inspiration from them.
- The cartoonists have always a copy of Arkham Asylum under their pillow.
- The cartoonists have no gap, they have their own style.
- The cartoonists don’t ignore the perspective, they devise some graphic solutions.
- The cartoonists don’t alter the comic scripts… they reinterpret them.
- The cartoonists don’t miss a deadline, they give themselves an extension of time.
- The cartoonists don’t make mistakes, they draw in a personal way.
- The cartoonists are always available to give their drawings away… photocopied.
History of the decalogue of the cartoonists
I wrote this decalogue many years ago, maybe in 2001. It’s a parody of some lessons attended at the comics school. Here below some information in order to better understand the decalogue.
- The teachers preferred using the verb “to trace at light table”, i.e. tracing drawings and photos to the light table, instead of, indeed, the simple verb “to trace”.
- The informative material (photographs, drawings) is used by cartoonists as a research in order to draw.
- Arkham Asylum (original title “Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth”) is a graphic novel written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Dave McKean. At the comic school every occasion was valid to mention this work.
- Perspective is one of the cartoonist’s damnations.
- As well as the comic scripts: when it’s difficult to comply with them, the cartoonists distorts them for their benefit.
- Photocopied drawings: one of the teachers, one day, photocopied some of his drawings, signed them and began to hand out photocopies to us students. I didn’t take it. What’s the point of giving away a photocopy?