Saturday, March 30, 2013

How to Make Write


This drawing appears alongside a NYT Opinionator Draft essay by Henry Hitchings about the use of nominalization in writing. One type of nominalization is the appropriation of verbs as nouns, leading to attention-grabbing (and annoyance-inducing) phrases like the ones found in this comic. You can also see the illustration and article in print in the March 31 NYT Sunday Review. Thanks to AD Matt Dorfman for the gig!


A note on the rabbits: probably my favorite short story of all time is "Stone Animals" by Kelly Link, from her collection "Magic For Beginners." It features numerous, mysterious, and possibly sinister bunnies lurking in the yard of a suburban home. Also, I remember loving the epic rabbit allegory "Watership Down" when I read it in middle school. I have it on my bookshelf and intend to revisit it soon. Coincidentally, my bunnies will appear in print on Easter. As always, you can order a poster at my shop.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

You should consider animation.

jynto said...

Interesting that the envision comes before the inspire. I'd have expected it to be the other way round.

Quiescence Hanisah said...

my first thought was 'plot bunnies!'

Jason said...

I initially interpreted the phrase "the lie-awake" in a different way.

Aria Enggar Pamungkas said...

your drawing is so adorable, I like this kind of drawing style.
About comics story, all of yours is good. :)
I hope I can draw like your style.

theweirdhippo said...

Just 4 days back I got a reject letter from my first grad school and I'm seeing this . This somewhat connects to my life of past 3 years.

Grant said...

@theweirdhippo: Aw, that's too bad. Sorry you could relate, but hope you liked the comic!

Kat Freiman said...

I love "Stone Animals" and I love your comics. So much joy in this intersection of the two!