'Candorville' Cartoonist Finds His [Short-Form] Muse
Today, "Candorville" creator DARRIN BELL begins a near-weeklong vampiric adventure that delves into the social wonders -- and woes -- of Twitter.
So judging by his obvious familiarity with Twitter, does this mean Bell himself has decided to take the micro-blogging plunge?
"I signed up for a Twitter account a year or two ago, but just barely started using it regularly," says Bell by e-mail because -- trust us -- it takes too long to do interviews in 140-character chunks at a time. "For some reason, Twitter has become a muse."
He explains: "I can't tell you how many tweets I've posted and then immediately deleted because I realized they'd make good cartoons."
Bell isn't the first cartoonist 'Riffs has spoken with who finds inspiration in Twitter (seems a daily source of our conversation with fellow cartoonists, actually), but the eloquent artist describes the attraction aptly.
"When cartoonists blog, it's because it gives us a chance to keep our long-form writing muscle from atrophying," he tells 'Riffs. "When we go on Facebook, it's to connect with the people who ignored us in high school. But Twitter? We cartoonists already spend most of our time creating brief tweet-like musings about our day: only instead of 'tweets,' we call them 'cartoons.'
Here at Comic Riffs, we'll continue reading Bell's strip AND his tweets, to try to trace the creative linkage. (And for 'Riffs Cartoon Updates, check out Twitter.com/comicriffs.)
AND SPEAKING OF...
This is one of more of the entertaining animated bits I've seen in recent days: "Twouble With Twitters," from Current TV. Here 'tis--today's "staff pick" for recommending viewing:
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