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I am a comic book maker, publisher and educator. When MAUS appeared as a book in 1986 (which had been a remarkable year for comics already), it changed comics, and what people thought was appropriate content for comics.
I enjoy discussing MAUS and exploring it as one of the most significant texts about one of the most terrible events of the 20th century. MAUS uses the oldest form of writing – picture writing – to describe a dark thing from humanity’s past. Is that appropriate? I think so.
Thinking about the future can stir deep emotions, from wonder to fear. In this session, each student will make a comic strip about their world of tomorrow. This session will begin with presenter Bernard Caleo engaging the students in a discussion about their ideas and images about the future, which he will write up and […]
A one-hour practical session of making comics, starting with warm-up drawings and progressing to creating a comics page featuring two characters that each student has created. Topics covered: Comics as ‘writing with pictures’ Emphasis that everyone, not just ‘good drawers’, has a style and a distinctive voice when they make a comic The process of […]
Storytelling with workshop extension option. Topics: Japanese culture kamishibai (‘paper theatre’) performance of multiple stories Workshop component involves developing skills in telling a story with images/writing with pictures
This session provides an in-depth experience of making comics. Topics: Drawing for comics Writing for comics Telling a story with images/writing with pictures Page composition From notes to thumbnails to pencils to final art Making a booklet.
In preparation for this residency, Bernard will liase with the teacher/s in question to discuss the sort of narrative that they are aiming for the students to undertake: life writing; historical investigation; polemic; adaptation, etcetera. The week begins with an introduction to comics language, techniques and approaches. We then will use the practice of drawing […]
A one-hour practical session of making comics, starting with warm-up drawings and progressing to creating a comics page featuring two characters that each student has created. Topics: We talk about comics as ‘writing with pictures’ Emphasise that everyone, not just ‘good drawers’ have a style and a distinctive voice when they make a comic We […]
This day-long workshop begins with warm-up drawing and character creation exercises. From the character each student will develop a setting and action, through drawing-as-writing exercises. The end product of the day will be a single comics page, of 6 to 9 panels, narrating a tale of that character. Topics: Drawing for comics Writing for comics […]
I am a comic book maker and someone who is interested in discussing the ways that comics work. This session covers the different ways that comics have been produced over the last 100 years, and also introduces elements of comics making to the students. We discuss and draw the various elements that belong inside the […]