Days 1 & 2: Comic Kraze at the Wolfsonian

It was too busy yesterday to even think about posting an update, but today I’ve got a few minutes at the beginning of class as the students draw their panels for the Panel Lottery. Fortunately for me, the Wolfsonian staff, the excellent Claudia Caro Sullivan and Kate Rawlinson, posted an update on yesterday at our class blog.

Yesterday (Monday) after introductions, we plunged right into jam comics (the final work is on the class blog). Thirteen pages of comics in 45 minutes! Awesome! Now everyone is a cartoonist.

We did a nice Sum of its parts, concluding with an interesting discussion of this image, juxtaposed with the word “neutral” or the word “love”.

In the afternoon, taught by my co-teacher Caiphus Moore, the students did figure drawing, focusing on heads and hands. I’m hoping they post some of that art soon.

Today, we did a great Panel lottery, which I expect will get posted on the Comic Kraze blog this afternoon. I was reminded again of how much fun that activity can be. Every set of new cards that goes up is a surprise, and every new panel slotted in changes almost everything that preceded it.

Then we talked about narrative arc and characters, looks at some one-page comics, and got started on 4-page thumbnails for a webcomic they’ll be completing next week. And that was all before lunch! This afternoon, they’re going to be talking about perspective, and doing some character creation with Caiphus.

I’m down here with my family, including 2-and-a-half-year-old Aldara and three-month-old Jasper, so it’s hectic, to say the least. Matt’s on full-time dad duty in the mornings while I teach, and then we’re all together in the afternoons. It’s a bit strange to be delegating afternoon teaching and to not have the opportunity to see what’s going on!

Update: here’s the final Panel Lottery, pasted up into page structure by me:


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