Thank you students, I heard so much love and gratitude and bonding and confidence.
Olivia says "This is first year of school where I'm going to miss everyone rather than just saying 'see you later'" and Emma told us she literally called home after orientation crying, not sure what she got herself into (she remembers what the place looked like a year ago!), and now we're hiring her, because she loves the place and we love what she has helped us become.
I was so honored to be interviewed by Gabriela Pereira for the DIY MFA Memoir Summit!
Every year, we welcome a new cohort of students for a year-long intense dive into making and studying comics. We’ve done it since 2012. Come join us in 2019-2020.
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Justine Andersen has been busy making Mara again, and here is a glimpse into this masterful work.
They don’t teach this at SCAD. From underwater drawing to movement workshops to lectures on stress and anxiety, we take a one-on-one, human approach to your learning.
The Sequential Artists Workshop has been a catalyst in transforming many who come into its community.
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Larry is the guy I have been trying to impress for years, more than a decade. He HOLDS THE KEYS He is the gatekeeper. He says GOOD JOB, -or- YOU SHALL NOT PASS, but only one or the other.
An amazing week!
Last week saw our first LOW-RESIDENCY WORKSHOP in our new space. It was fantastic. 9 people from all over the country, and breakthrough and after breakthrough.
Storytelling -and creativity in general- often involves holding two ideas at once. Or turning one thing into another, so that one thing becomes two.
Here's one of my favorite examples! The Tomi Ungerer "Schnipp Schnapp" collage.
What bastion do we have?
Everything right now is designed to keep us from ourselves, and to keep us from each other.
The distractions, the politics, the voter disenfranchisement, the Alexas and the phones all keep us in their system and out of the ones we create for each other...
another Walk Through Comix 2000. This one, the French artist Ambre, whom I had not known before.
This one is full of textures and rich grays and black and white
This week at SAW. Silent comics, expressive anatomy, inking and drawing at the springs!
Do you have your Narrative Image?
At the end of this sequence, hopefully we have a "Narrative Image." Just a single doodle or drawing from our doodling as we were gathering ideas.
When I finished Rosalie's book, I still had a lot of processing to do. I wanted to further understand what I had went through. I looked at the books that had inspired me, and I asked what made them great, useful, inspiring.
What I learned from Lynda Barry about stories and flow and avoiding the inner critic!
I was extremely fortunate to take a week-long workshop in person with Lynda Barry back in 2001. A LOONG time ago now!
That workshop, "Writing the Unthinkable" was all about "seeing your story" and following behind it, "like water skiing."
Tom Hart guides viewers through each story in the 2000 page compilation of international, silent comics, "Comix 2000", published by L' Association in the year 2000. How do you make funny comics? How do you make up stories? Episode #6 of A WALK THROUGH COMIX 2000. I'm looking at each story one by one. This episode, #006 by Suzy Amakane
A walk through Comix 2000 with Tom Hart. This episode, Kalah Allen
Tom Hart guides viewers through each story in the 2000 page compilation of international, silent comics, "Comix 2000", published by L' Association in the year 2000. This episode, #004 by Dario Adanti
Continuing the WALK THROUGH COMIX 2000, this episode a delightful 3-page story by Peggy Adam
Continuing the WALK THROUGH COMIX 2000, this episode a 5-page story by Filipe Abranches.
This episode, a fun 4 page story by Jessica Abel, taking place in Mexico and feature an equal number of dead and alive people.
As always, we explore this in more depth, with an exercise, in the SAW Comix Flow Working Group, over here: https://learn.sawcomics.org/courses/comics-flow-group
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