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SXSW Interactive 2013

Making and Drawing: Comics in the DIY/Maker World

From Will Eisner’s PS Preventive Maintenance Monthly magazine created in the 50's for the US Army, to Scott McCloud’s cartoon introduction to Google Chrome, comics have often been used to describe technical material. Comics unique combination of words and images can be very effective in the DIY/Maker world, to explain how to build/wire/solder a project or to document the process of a build. This session will look at how comics are being used in the maker space and at various tools that can be used to produce comics to explain or to document the construction of a project.

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  1. How have comics been used to explain technology in the past, what is the history?
  2. Why do comics work so well to explain technology?
  3. Who is currently using comics in the DIY/ Maker community?
  4. How are comics being used right now to explain technology?
  5. What are some of the tools that can be used to create comics to explain and document maker projects?



Jody Culkin, Professor, BMCC City University of New York

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  • Tags: maker, open source
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: DIY, Hacker and Maker
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginning
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