Jesse Reklaw came up with a really cool jam technique that we SITO folks have had a lot of fun with. It is called "Shuffleupagus". You need at least 5 people to play. After each session, you'll have a 9-panel collaborative comic!
Here's how it's done:
- Get a stack of blank index cards (at least 19).
- Give two to each artist.
- Each artist will draw a "character" on one card and a
"setting" on another card. Examples of characters we had:
"zombie farmer", "woman walking her pet pickle", "cowboy
tater-tot", "robot with long legs". Examples of settings:
"drag race", "abstract space", "martini glass", "a stone stairway".
- When finished, divide the cards into "character" and "setting" decks.
- Shuffle each deck.
PLAY STAGE (repeat ad infinitum)
- Four people volunteer for ROUND 1. Give them each a
blank index card.
- Choose one character and one setting at random from the decks.
- Each of the four artists draws the randomly chosen
character within the randomly chosen scene. Orient the
cards *vertically*. It's cool if everyone uses the same
type of pens/pencils.
- Once everyone's done, you get five people ready for the
next round. Add one blank index card to the four cards drawn
in the first round and shuffle that "deck". Distribute them
in a circle on the table. Wherever the "blank" card ends
up, that'll be the "beginning/end".
- Put a blank index
card between the rest of the cards.
- The task for the
artists in ROUND 2 is to create an "in between" panel that
bridges the gap between the panel on their right and left.
We went clockwise, but you could go either way, just make
sure it's decided when you start. Make sure it's clear where
the start/end panel is.
- Gather the results, be sure to number them on the back of the card in pencil.
- You should have nine 3x5 index cards total, all oriented
vertically. You can lay these out in three rows of three on
an 11x17 piece of paper. Voila! Comic!