Interview with Cartoonist Michael Jantze

Interview with Cartoonist Michael Jantze

Michael Jantze is the most recent Taught By A Pro instructor. He took time to answer a few question for Taught By A Pro.  Michael Jantze is a cartoonist, humorous illustrator and story guru.  He is best know for The Norm comic strip.  His course Drawriting A Comic Strip describes his method of creating comics.

Michael Jantze

Michael Jantze

What is the best advice you ever received?

Such a simple idea from Charles Schulz: Draw while you write. That one idea changed how I wrote, I had come from an education in film script writing, so I wrote my comics and then illustrated them. Sparky felt cartooning’s one unique strength was mixing the text and image to make a new meaning, and there was no better way to find that uniqueness than to work in the medium as you write. I call that concept ‘drawriting’.

Advice you would give to aspiring artists?

This was my departing note to my students at the Savannah College of Art and Design, a summary of my off-topic teachings:

As I return to professional work in California, here are my parting Jantze-isms for you:

1. Bend but don’t compromise

2. Draw everyday, share weekly

3. Be useful, solve other’s problems

4. Saying ‘sorry’ isn’t the same thing as being responsible

5. This is the first day of your future, not the last day of your past

6. Be an artist today + Do what artists do everyday = Have what artists have soon

7. Personal happiness is when your goals match your values

8. Enjoy the journey

What is your favorite movie (animated or live action)?

“Local Hero” directed by Bill Forsyth starring Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert.

What is your proudest achievement?

Professionally, I’m most proud of the diverse career I’m enjoying. I continue to reinvent and redirect my storytelling and artistic talents with the privilege of learning along the way. My real achievement is my kids, of course. I love being their father.

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