S: Cartoon Booklets
BC: Thank You! | "If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." (Toni Morrison) "I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter." (James Michener) "The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say." (Mark Twain) "The wastebasket is a writer's best friend." (Isaac Bashevis Singer)
FC: By Jerry Blumengarten Cybrary Man | HOW TO WRITE CARTOON BOOKLETS
1: How I Write a Cartoon Booklet I have been writing for over 30 years for a company that provides educational materials for the utility industry. Step One My boss will contact me and ask me to write a booklet. He does this after a utility company wants us to write and produce a particular booklet. In your case as a student your teacher will assign a topic or use one that you choose. | 3
2: Selecting a Main Character Part I When my boss asked me to do a booklet on energy for children he wanted to use a grandfather type of person to be the main character, Captain Energy. The artist made this drawing of the character that my boss wanted. What do you think of this character? Be honest! There are no wrong answers! | 4
3: Selecting a Main Character | 5
4: 6 | Selecting a Main Character Part II I felt that the main character should be more of a super hero type. I believed that most children identified with super heroes more than they would with a grandfather type hero. Which character do you prefer? Let's vote! Grandfather or Super Hero? We showed these two pictures to children and teachers all around the country. Guess which character won?
6: 8 | And the winner was! Yes, the children and teachers surveyed overwhelmingly chose the super hero! We decided to use the super hero as Captain Energy for our booklet "The Energy Kids." Note: Captain Energy is wearing a viewer on his wrist. However, I saw that there were changes that had to be made to this page. What changes would you make on this page?
8: RESEARCH When I am asked to write a booklet I first have to become an expert on that topic. This is the same thing that you must do when you have a school assignment. You have to do research to become an expert on that topic. WHERE DO YOU DO RESEARCH? | 10
10: BOOKLET OUTLINE | The booklets that I write are a total of 16 pages. I made this form to see the order of the booklet and to check that the pages that face one another are in the correct sequence. The top box is for the cover and the bottom box is for the back cover. | 12
12: STORY OUTLINE | I then create a story outline. I write a description of what I envision this book to be about. I also write a sentence or two about what I want on each page. Why is it important to first write an outline? WHO GETS TO SEE THE STORY OUTLINE before I start writing the booklet? | 14
14: FIRST DRAFT | Once the outline has been approved I can now write the booklet. I have to not only write the copy (words) but I have to describe exactly what I want the artist to draw on the page. | 16
16: FOR EACH PAGE | This is the copy from another booklet that I wrote. Note that I have to write a complete description of how I want the artist (our company uses both men and women artists) to illustrate the page. | 18
18: The artist reads the script page and then draws it. We check to make sure everything is done correctly before the page is finalized. | 20
19: This is the final version done by the artist. | 21 | What changes from the previous page did you spot? Note: The title: Fire Can Be Harmful! was in the final copy.
20: The DUMMY | Who gets the final script once all of the changes have been made? | 21
22: 23 | The steps that I use to write a cartoon booklet are very similar to what you do when you have a writing assignment.
24: 25 | The Final Copy
25: CREDITS Art work is from The Culver Company Inc.