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Diary Comics as Practice Resources

February 27, 2021

Today, Saturday February 27th at 3:00 EST I will be talking & doing a demonstration about keeping a regular diary comics practice as part of Radiator Comics on-line series HANDS ON. In it I will be sharing a lot of my favorite resources and inspirations for keeping a diary comic that I thought I’d share here. You are welcome to join us on zoom–it’s free, but you have to sign up! If you don’t make it in time, don’t worry–the video will be available on YouTube later!

Diary comics

Jane Porter – UK Children’s author and cartoonist who has an inspiring practice of daily diary comics. Here’s a video about her diary comics & here’s her article she wrote about tips for keeping a comic diary.

American Elf by James Kochalka, the 4 panel diary that launched so much. His first volume is still my favorite.

My New York Diary & 365 Days by Julie Doucet (the legend!!)

King-Cat Comics by John Porcellino – any & all are great. Map of My Heart is my favorite collection.

Powdered Milk, Sunburning, and Chlorine Gardens – Keiler Roberts

Ellen O’Gradymy favorite daily stuff on the internet right now

Karl Krumpolzdaily posts here. Buy the books here.

Peter Arkle NewsSee Peter’s work here, Buy the latest copy of PAN here, and to see previous examples here.

Gabrielle Bell The Voyeurs, Inapproriate (she is the MASTER!!!)

Cartoonist Diary Series at The Comics Journal – my favorite occasional series from TCJ.com. Here are some of my favorites–but check out the whole catalog: Noah Van Sciver, Kate Lacour, Melanie Gillman (who did it for an unusual TEN days–for good reason!), Glynnis Fawkes, Ellen Lindner, Karl Stevens (I could keep going, but those are just a few!!)

Hourly Comic Day – February 1st, every year–the bootcamp of diary comics & the best day on social media for sure! Here are some of my favorites I’ve seen: Lucy Knisely, Melanie Gillman

Prose Diaries

Theft By Finding: Diaries by David Sedaris

Day Book: A Journal of an Artist by Anne Truitt

Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr by Emily Carr

Wheeling Year: A Poet’s Fieldbook by Ted Kooser

Henry & June – Anais Nin

A Moment’s Liberty – Virginia Woolf

Ideas for Diaries

The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard by Joe Brainard

The Essential Haiku, edited by Robert Haas

Bernadette Meyer’s List of Journal Ideas

Lynda Barry’s Daily Diary Exercise

Winter Morning Walks – Ted Kooser (poems)

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