Days 6 & 7: Comic Kraze @ the Wolfsonian

My last two days at the Wolfsonian weren’t the last days of the Comic Kraze workshop. It continued until last Friday, July 2. But Monday and Tuesday were action-packed, anyway.

Monday was a work day. The students were finishing their minicomics, scanning, and pasting them up in the InDesign templates we had put together the previous Friday. The idea had been to wrap this up over the weekend, but nonetheless, progress was fast once we were all concentrating on that project.

Gonzalo and Austin figure out how to fold the minis

Group folding and cutting session: Justin, Christina, and Lenny

Those who were finished with their minis got moving on their 4-page webcomics, to be finished for the end of the workshop.

Catherine and Ariel work on their 4-pagers

Tuesday, everyone wrapped up copying and folding their minis and we traded comics. What a great feeling to hold complete, printed work in our hands! And the comics look great. You can print some of them out yourself, and fold them up to read, here at the Comic Kraze blog.

I also did a somewhat off-the-cuff demo of coloring basics, starting with flats, and showing how to do basic shadows and highlights, and prepping color and line files for print using the “sandwich” method in InDesign (more on this in our upcoming textbook). It was really a race through a complex process, but fortunately Gonzalo, the educational assistant (I think I’ve got his title wrong, sorry!) is an old comics hand, and I was able to train him how to color so he can help the students.

Watching the Comic Kraze blog from home on my return, it looks like only abut six of the students got around to posting their final comics, but the Wolfsonian is keeping the studio open for a few weeks in July, so let’s keep an eye on it, and hope more work shows up!


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