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Cracking Comics: Drawing and Storytelling with Cartoons

In this course, learn how to develop an individualized practice for making comics, regardless of your drawing ability or experience. Using examples of underground comics from the 1960s and ’70s and recently produced comics from small publishers, examine techniques of cartoonists like Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Diane Noomin, Riad Sattouf, and Beldan Sezen. Study graphic novels, strips, and single-page cartoons, while discussing different genres and storytelling techniques and examining how the comics medium elevates diverse points of view. Through a series of in-class assignments, create your own short comics and share them with each other. Instruction will cover pacing, clarity, lettering, and single and multipanel cartooning. A cartoonist will visit the class to share advice on working in the indie comics world today.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Hands-on experience in drawing cartoons
  • Familiarity with different cartoon techniques and artists

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
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