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Filling Pages and Time Traveling: The Benefits of the Everyday Sketchbook

Part of the title page of a typical sketchbook. I like decorating the very beginning of each book.

Part of the title page of a typical sketchbook. I like decorating the very beginning of each book.

We all know the benefits of keeping a daily sketchbook. Practicing drawing, writing, and cartooning every day will help to make you a better artist. Even mindless doodling has been proven to be a healthy exercise for the mind. Personally I owe a lot to my everyday sketchbook. It’s really helped to make me better at what I do— not to mention that it’s a good place to harvest and develop ideas. But there are a couple of not so obvious benefits.
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When Cartoonists Get Together, and Other Things…

Man, I love jamming comics, especially with some of my favorite cartoonists! These pics were taken a couple of weeks ago. Honestly, I wish we could jam more often…

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A stable of cartoonists at work.

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Cartoonists working on the weekend.

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Notice the empty glass. And the last panel, also empty. Hm.


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Cross-Country Comic Jam!

The Pan Am Games should include Cross-Country Comic-Jamming as one of their events. The sport, unfamiliar to most, is a triathlon involving comic timing, pen handling, and wi-fi speed. No, seriously, think about it. We can kick off the event with a cartoonist jumping off Toronto’s CN Tower wielding, not a torch, but a sparkler. Remember writing your name in the air with a sparkler when you were a kid? It would be like that, but with more people watching. Think of the photos and after-tweets that would make! Spectacular!
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