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All Levels. This class is open to all gender identities, but we will look at alternative comics produced by women and use them as inspiration and as reference to deconstruct presumed ideas of what a comic is and how a visual story should be told. We will use these works, and visits from local women in indy comics as a jumping off point to create a comic of your own. The class is structured around writing and drawing exercises and projects that build skills and help you develop your voice. We will work from concept to final inked pages including creating characters, building worlds, and scripting and executing stories. At the end, we will discuss how to self-publish your work and get it out in the world. No writing or drawing experience required.
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Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Class Type: 6 SessionsGraphic Forms, Multigenre
Start Date: 11/14/2016
End Date: 12/19/2016
Days of the Week: Monday
Time: 7:10 PM – 9:10 PM
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Eroyn Franklin is a comics artist, illustrator, educator and public artist. She has written 2 graphic novels, the Xeric grant winning book Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory, and Detained, which is part of a Wing Luke Museum permanent exhibit at Seattle’s former INS building. Her work has also garnered support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, Allied Arts Foundation, and Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture. Eroyn’s comics have been listed in The Best American Comics: The Notable Comics of 2013 and 2014 and she was on the short list for the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for her work on Medium.com. She is the co-founder of Short Run Comix and Arts Festival which celebrates indie comix and self-published, small press and handmade books of all kinds from the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
Teaching philosophy: I want to expand the student’s scope of what a comic is and help them discover new and innovative work in the medium. I encourage students to find their own voice through comics and challenge them to hone their craft and become more dedicated writers and artists.
Writer(s) I always return to: Whether I want to be inspired or entertained, I turn to Anders Nilsen. His work falls effortlessly into the worlds of comics, fine art, and literature. He is a nonstop comics innovator who makes the medium more exciting with each book he creates.
Favorite writing advice: I always think of creating as a relationship that I am in. It needs time and love and energy and if I don’t give it these things, it will leave me. When I’m in a long-term relationship, I don’t spend every second of the day intoxicated with love, so I can’t expect that from writing. There are exciting sparks, but mostly it's work. Dedication, especially when it’s a struggle, has been more beneficial to my writing than any amount of raw talent.
Past Student Feedback
"Eroyn Franklin imparts her extensive knowledge of the world of comics with an enthusiasm that can’t help but be shared by anyone under her instruction. She offers individual feedback that both appreciates the singularity of each student’s work and provides insights acquired through her years of work in the field. Her exercises are engaging, and her love for her craft is apparent."
"Eroyn is very caring and attentive to each individual student and goes above what's expected of a teacher by giving students access to resources and events even outside of the class. She values every student's work and makes sure to foster improvement constructively and allows students have control over what said improvement might look like. Eroyn lets students choose their own direction and work hard with each individual to help them to be satisfied with their work."