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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 panels, and also discuss and workshop the idea that between the panels is where time elapses in comics, and that this can be very different, one panel to the next.
A session in which Bernard leads the students through making of their own four-page mini-comic. Topics Covered * character emotions and expressions * character movement * finding ideas by drawing * cliffhangers and punchlines Delivery Platform Zoom or Skype
An illustrated talk about the ways that comic book artists have reacted to, and reported on: war, genocide and conflict. Topics Covered * World War 2 and the genesis of the superheroes * The Holocaust and Maus by Art Spiegelman * Revolution in Iran and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi * The Israel/Palestine conflict and Palestine […]
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 […]
MAUS is on the VCE English text list The comics medium was born and evolved over the 20th century – it’s a young art form (not a genre) In MAUS, Art Spiegelman uses what had been considered a ‘low’ artform to investigate one of the worst horrors of the 20th century – the Holocaust. I […]
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 […]