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  1. Discover Webcomics

    Picture a comic. Assuming you don't immediately think of a person that practices comedy in some form, you probably picture a newspaper comic strip or a stapled, magazine-style comic book. It's the beauty of the format. You can do whatever you want with the structure built into the medium.

    But what about webcomics? For as long as they've been around (longer than you think! The first webcomic was actually distributed through Compuserve) no one's ever been quite sure what to do with them. Do you treat them as you would any paper comic, only on a screen? Or do you use the freedom of that screen to push boundaries? To make them interactive? To take what was printed on the web and convert it to an actual, physical book? True to comics history, rather than figure out one definitive way, all manner of work in all manner of format is available to read online, and if looking at hundreds of these projects a day tells us anything, it's that the community around webcomics is thriving just as much as the projects themselves. Here's a few that are live right now.

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  2. Talking Shop: An Evening with Bill Plympton

    From the moment the first full-length computer-animated feature film, Toy Story, came out in 1995, people recognized the computer's potential with regard to animation. Much later, in 2009, television's longest-running sitcom, The Simpsons, finally updated their introduction, replacing the hand-drawn sequence with computer-aided animation and effects. There's no longer any question that technology has revolutionized animation.

    So why would an animator work harder than they now have to? 

    Bill Plympton has been illustrating and animating professionally for the past 40 years. He's perhaps best known for his 1987 animated short Your Face, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Plympton is an animation legend, as well-known for his iconic style as the fact that he still draws every single frame by hand.

    After a screening of his most recent film, Cheatin', at Kickstarter HQ, Plympton fielded some questions from the audience and fellow animator/moderator Signe Baumane. He shared the details of his process, thoughts on his style, and one incredible story about how he turned down a job at Disney.

    Please enjoy this candid conversation with Bill Plympton in the video above. And when you're done, seek out more of his work, like his hand-drawn couch gag for The Simpsons, or his eighth hand-drawn animated feature film, REVENGEANCE.

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