Guest Post by Rob Cottingham
Think of cartoons as storytelling, and you probably think of animation or graphic novels. You won’t get much argument here: my kids and I spent months enraptured by Noelle Stevenson’s “Nimona,” and we’ve probably watched every episode of “Shaun the Sheep” a dozen times.
But single-panel cartoons are stories, too ”” just really distilled ones. And drawing them for eight years has taught me a ton about storytelling, helping me connect with audiences whenever I put down the stylus and put on my communicator’s hat.
Here are six of the key lessons I’ve learned along the way, and the cartoons that helped to teach me:
1. Surprise me.
Confounding expectations is a big part of humor. You think a story is going one direction, and discover it was headed somewhere else entirely. Here, you think at first this is someone in awe of nature… and then realize nope, they’re in awe of its financial potential.