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Posts Tagged ‘Jeffrey Koterba’

The Birth of a Cartoon

Where do you get your ideas?

Author and cartoonist Jeffrey Koterba photographed and annotated every step of his creative process while making a cartoon. He traced one cartoon from initial scribble to the final watercolor paint job. Check it out:

the creative process is often stressful, messy, and heartbreaking. And yet, what often emerges is something new and beautiful (but sometimes it isn’t). What I do know: to find an idea, I must read. A lot. Newspapers, magazines, blogs. I catch a little TV and radio news, too, just to round things out. And then I start by…staring off into deep space. I move my pencil around on a sheet of paper. If I’m lucky, a small doodle will begin to take shape.

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Facebook Timeline to Be Mandatory Soon

facebooklogo.jpgFacebook announced this week that the Facebook Timeline feature will be mandatory for all accounts soon, inspiring excitement, concern and a Jeffrey Koterba cartoon.

Check it out: “Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you’ll have 7 days to preview what’s there now. This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it.”

After editing our own Timeline page last year, we’ve included six steps that writers and publishers can follow to make sure they have a satisfying Timeline page before the program launches.

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Jeffrey Koterba Cartoons Return Safely from Outer Space

Earlier this week, cartoonist Jeffrey Koterba received two of his cartoons (including the cartoon pictured above) that had made a journey to outer space and back to Earth.

The cartoonist fulfilled a life-long dream, sending two cartoons along with the space shuttle earlier this year. “As far as anyone knows, mine are the first cartoons in space since sketches of Snoopy flew aboard one of the Apollo missions,” he explained to GalleyCat. In his memoir, Inklings,  Koterba explored the significance of Dogie the Doggie–the cartoon dog floating in the cartoon.

In an ABC News essay this spring, he explained how the cartoons ended up in space: “[A] cartoon I had drawn about Clayton Anderson, the only Nebraska-born astronaut, had been e-mailed to him on board the International Space Station by another Nebraska native, Jeff Raikes, at the time an executive with Microsoft. Anderson had e-mailed from orbit to tell me how much he had enjoyed the cartoon. Then, last fall, Anderson asked if I would be willing to create two cartoons that he could transport on his next shuttle flight, certifying that the drawings had flown in orbit.”