Here’s how to use them:
- Look up your town’s official history:
- Your local historical society or library will have a copy (either for sale or for borrowing).
- Try a simple web search on “(Your town name) + town + history”
- Try the same search at a digital archive site, like ARCHIVE.ORG or GOOGLE BOOKS.
- OR check our Live Free And Draw: NH TOWN HISTORIES page, which lists sources used to create comics on this site. (If your town is not yet there, please send us a link to any resources you find & we’ll add it on!)
- For more notes on sources, see NH Almanac’s Town History Guide.
- Also check UNH Library’s online TOWN HISTORY BOOKSHELF.
- Look through the table of contents, or scan the helpful headings at the tops of the pages. Find an interesting section… HINT: any chapter titled “Miscellaneous” or “Anecdotes” is sure to surprise you!
- Once you choose a story, you might want to mark it up (NEVER in a library book, of course!) and divide it into sections, pages, and panels.
- Draw a short comic out of whatever you find there!
- Share your work, either by emailing/facebooking/tweeting it to LIVE FREE AND DRAW (you could be a guest artist on this site!) or posting/publishing it in your own way…
Here’s how the above example turned out:
Remember, everybody draws differently; check out Marek’s COMICS WORKSHOP site for resources & education tips.
MORE SAMPLE COMICS:
Many LIVE FREE AND DRAWcomics are based on stories found in 19th century NH town histories. Each post lists a SOURCE category, which displays all comics created from that source. For example: