#BiggerQuestions constrained comics exercise; weaving scattered wordless panels into a graphic narrative.

#BiggerQuestions: in-class creative assignment (Intro Comm course developed by the Faculty of Communication Arts; Interpersonal Communication chapter); weaving 7 scattered wordless panels (taken from Anders Nilsen‘s Big Questions) into a 2-page graphic narrative.

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“Great exercise!” Matt Madden (February 9, 2018), cartoonist and teacher best known for his book 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style (Penguin), as well as a member of OuBaPo (Workshop for Potential Comics), and later a French knight in the Order of Arts and Letters.

“More good stuff from [Bangkok], thanks for sharing!” Nick Sousanis (February 9, 2018), assistant professor of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University. He received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. Titled Unflattening, it argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning, and was published by Harvard University Press in 2015.

January 2018. Fifty (1st year) Thai students at the International Program in Communication Design (CommDe, Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University) received 2 pages displaying 7 scattered panels (with erased text) taken from various pages of the graphic novel Big Questions by American cartoonist Anders Nilsen. Within 90 minutes, they had to produce additional panels (if necessary) -and add dialogues- in order to bridge the imposed panels and weave a cohesive and convincing graphic narrative. Following brief comments provided on their comprehensive layouts, students finalized the artwork at home. See below for 20+ of their #BiggerQuestions constrained comics.

Inspired by on a constrained comics exercise used at Pierre Feuille Ciseaux international comics residency-lab.

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Pages from Anders Nilsen‘s Big Questions (Drawn & Quarterly, 2011).
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The 2 imposed pages -with scattered panels and blanked-out dialogues- taken from Anders Nilsen‘s Big Questions (Drawn & Quarterly, 2011).

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CommDe student bridging the gaps between Anders Nilsen‘s panels.


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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student PLYE
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student YOSHIYUKI
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student BYRD
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student PT
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student SASINAN (PING)
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student CHICHI
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student OOM
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student AOM (P.)
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student TAT
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student PHURICH
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student SHARON
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student BASK
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student EVE
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student NENE
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student AOM (T.)
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student FAHSAI
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student LUKPEAR
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student SUNNY
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student PLOY
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student MIM
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student KARIN
MICK 01 02
“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student MICK
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student PEACHY
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“Bigger Questions” constrained comics by (1st year) CommDe student KRIS
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#UltraVioletChallenge constrained comics exercise; turning an abstract comics into a figurative one.

#UltraVioletChallenge: “Making Sense of Signs (and Fragments)” in-class creative assignment (Intro Comm course developed by the Faculty of Communication Arts; Semiotics chapter); create a figurative comics based on an imposed abstract comics (duration: 90′). Based on a constrained comics exercise used at Pierre Feuille Ciseaux international comics residency-lab.

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“Brilliant – thanks for sharing!” Nick Sousanis (January 16, 2018; commenting the page by Fern, Lukpearr, Oom & Bank), assistant professor of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University. He received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. Titled Unflattening, it argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning, and was published by Harvard University Press in 2015.

Imposed abstract comics page #UltraVioletChallenge
Imposed abstract comics page #UltraVioletChallenge

BELOW: #UltraVioletChallenge final page by Fern, Lukpearr, Oom & Bank, fresh.wo.men students at the International Program in Communication Design (CommDe), Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University.

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#UltraVioletChallenge final page by Fern, Lukpearr, Oom & Bank, fresh.wo.men students at CommDe Chulalongkorn University.

BELOW: #UltraVioletChallenge final page by Thai cartoonist Supachai Jack Jirakoup

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#UltraVioletChallenge final page by Thai cartoonist Supachai Jack Jirakoup

Workshop: “The Thai Loop” (June 23, 2015)

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The Thai Loop was a workshop held on June 23, 2015 as part of the activities marking the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Communication Arts at Chulalongkorn University in association with the Thai Reading Culture Promotion Program, the Thai
Cartoon Association, the publisher Let’s Comic Publishing and the ChiFouMi Association. The story created during this workshop was displayed at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (USA) during the fifth Pierre Feuille Ciseaux collective experimental comics residency (see below).

The workshop aimed at the creation of an exquisite corpse, based on the constrained exercise La Boucle/The Loop developed by the ChiFouMi Association, with 17 participants, whether professional Thai cartoonists or enthusiasts. Duration: 1 hour.

Step 01: After a presentation of the OuBaPo, the ChiFouMi Association and the exercise (10’), 9 of the 17 artists create the design of 9 imposed elements (3 characters/ 3 objects/ 3 backgrounds). The 9 imposed elements are: Yeti/Hunter/Bat, Mushroom/Whiskey Bottle/Mirror, River/Snowy Mountain/Cave. Time limit: 10′.

Step 02: Each artist is given a comics page with 4 empty panels. Every artist must start the action of his/her story in the fourth panel using one or several of the previously designed elements. When done, he/she gives his/her page to the artist on his/her left. Time limit: 10′.

Step 03: In the first panel of the page he/she got from his/her seatmate, the artist must continue the action he/she started on the previous page. When done, the artist gives his/her page to the artist on his/her left. Time limit: 10′.

Step 04: On this page, where the first and the fourth panels have been completed by two other artists, the participant must fill panels 2 & 3 to create a sequence linking panels 1 & 4. Time limit: 20′.

The Final Story: As presented by the Association ChiFouMi: “The story that is made through all these joints makes an infinite loop, where all the elements that were produced before gives some kind of common road where each author can intend its own singularities and its own imagination, while following a protocol nearly invisible.” The complete story (PDF file, 6,5 mo) can be downloaded here.


The 17 participants:

– TUNA DUNN (Tunlaya Dunn) – Thai, F, 22, freelance illustrator and cartoonist

– SITTHIPORN (Gulwarottama) – Thai, M, 45, cartoonist trainer, Cartoon Camp organizer and exec. member of the Thai Cartoon Association

– OM RATCHAWEJ – Thai, M, 58, professional cartoonist and exec. member of the Thai Cartoon Association

– SIA TAIRATH (Sakda Saeeow) – Thai, M, 60, editorial cartoonist and exec. member of the Thai Cartoon Association

– SOMBAT KHEWHOK – Thai, M, 59, children’s book illustrator and professional cartoonist

– SALAH (Nakbumrung) – Thai, M, 54, professional cartoonist

– FAH (Laothanathavorn Panada) – Thai, F, 21, Psychology student, intern at Let’s Comic Publishing

– NUTTO (Ninthomya Watcharachai) – Thai, M, 26, graphic designer at Let’s Comic Publishing

– SONOSON (Tunyaluck Techasrisutee) – Thai, M, 30, CEO/Editor at Let’s Comic Publishing

– IN – INSINE CARTOONIST (Intrayuth Thepakun) – Thai, M, 38, professional cartoonist

– SINE – INSINE CARTOONIST (Panee Itthibamrungrak) – Thai, F, 30, professional cartoonist

– PAVEL SLUTSKIY – Russian, M, 36, PhD, Assoc. prof. lecturer at Comm. Arts, Chulalongkorn University

TANGMO – Thai, F, graduate student, BA in Animation Design & Production

– TANADEK, NK, SARITA & PANLOP


Meanwhile in the USA: The story created during this workshop was displayed at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design during the fifth Pierre Feuille Ciseaux collective experimental comics residency. More information over here.

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Mexican artist Ines Estrada, American author and Canadian catoonist Marc Bell dicovering the “Thai Loop” at MCAD during PFC#5.