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SHUFFLEUPAGUS

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:

SETUP STAGE

  1. Get a stack of blank index cards (at least 19).
  2. Give two to each artist.
  3. 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". Decks
  4. When finished, divide the cards into "character" and "setting" decks.
  5. Shuffle each deck.

PLAY STAGE (repeat ad infinitum)

    Combination diagram
  1. Four people volunteer for ROUND 1. Give them each a blank index card.
  2. Choose one character and one setting at random from the decks.
  3. 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.
     

    ROUND 1 diagram

  4. 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".
  5. Put a blank index card between the rest of the cards.
     

    ROUND 2 diagram

  6. 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.
  7. Gather the results, be sure to number them on the back of the card in pencil.
     

    All done!

  8. 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!

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