Gag Cartoons with Emily Flake

Really Funny Gag Cartoons w/ Emily Flake

How to Make Gag Cartoons

Begins May 29!

Emily Flake (that's "e flake" to you) will be teaching everything she knows about the single-panel, New Yorker-style gag cartoon.

Take a journey with Emily as she leads you through three stages of Idea Generation, Thumbnailing, Acting and Casting (say what?), Composition, Inks, Grays, and Finishing!

You'll see behind the scenes sketches and notes, and Ms. Flake will take you on a tour of her favorite historical cartoons as well. If you're good she'll do some of this as ASMR.


Some more notes from Ms Flake:

WHY GAG CARTOONS?

This is a valid question, and an important one. Why, in this day and age, would a person want to master the art of gag cartooning? The market is not great – only a handful of magazines buy gags, and competitions – especially for a spot in the New Yorker – is fierce. Memes fulfill a lot of the collective hunger for the quick visual jokes. Graphic work – be it journalism, memoir, what have you – has been enjoying a renaissance for years, but gag cartooning has not necessarily been the beneficiary of that uptick in interest.


So that’s the gloomy side of the street.


But let’s take a look at the sunny side.

A good gag cartoon is a perfect little nugget of comedy. And learning to craft a good single-panel gag cartoon gives you a skill set that can be applied to many other disciplines - joke-craft, brevity, pacing, drawing, you name it. And perhaps the most important thing of all – the production of gag cartoons requires a ruthless eye, and a willingness to let go of preciousness about your own work. It is my hope that the practices and techniques introduced in this course will prove valuable not just for gags, but in all other aspects of your creative life. Let’s get started!




Emily Flake


Hi there. I'm Emily. I'm a cartoonist and illustrator. .

My illustration work has been in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, Newsweek, and lots and lots of other places.

I make cartoons for The New Yorker, mostly, but also sometimes MAD Magazine, the New Statesman, and other places. I have a weekly strip called Lulu Eightball that carries the jokes that are too vulgar for grown-up publications and too racy for MAD.

I wrote and drew a book called These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves (Bloomsbury USA)and a book of cartoons and essays about parenting called Mama Tried.


See Emily Flake at the New Yorker Cartoon Bank


F.A.Q.

When is this launching?
May 29, 2017

Is it a live structured course or can I join any time?
It is a 6-week course beginning in late May (or early June) with interaction from all students at the same time in a private Facebook group, with input from Ms. Flake.

The course structure is as follows:

  1. May 29: Introduction and Idea Generation 1
  2. June 5: Idea Generation 2
  3. June 12: Thumbnailing
  4. June 19: Acting and Casting
  5. June 26: All About Ink
  6. July 3: Sketch to Finish


Will Ms. Flake look at my cartoons?
Yes she will see your cartoons and give you a really eviscerating but clear-headed critique in the Facebook group.

Is there a free trial?
The first week of exercises and material will be part of a free trial, yes!



Any more questions, email admin@sequentialartistsworkshop.org

Course Curriculum

What's included?

14 Videos
23 Texts
9 PDFs
6.0 hrs
Emily Flake
Emily Flake
Cartoonist

About the instructor

Hi there. I'm Emily. I'm a cartoonist and illustrator.

I live in Brooklyn, NY, with my husband, our daughter, and a small orange cat.

My illustration work has been in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, Newsweek, and lots and lots of other places.

I make cartoons for The New Yorker, mostly, but also sometimes MAD Magazine, the New Statesman, and other places. I have a weekly strip called Lulu Eightball that carries the jokes that are too vulgar for grown-up publications and too racy for MAD.

I wrote and drew a book called These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves (Bloomsbury USA). I am currently at work on a book of cartoons and essays called Mama Tried. It is about parenting and will be published by Grand Central Publishing.

I also perform, using the magic of PowerPoint and/or markers, for adults and children.

What others have been saying about this course:

Ayal Pinkus

Fantastic course!!!

I had a ton of fun on this course, and I learned a lot, and I am really, really happy with the cartoons that came out of it! Among the many things that were totally and completely new to me were the idea of starting with a character, an emotion an...

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