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Comics and Graphic Novels

In this class, students of all levels of drawing experience will explore the fundamentals of graphic storytelling as taught by an experienced professional cartoonist. From the visual side of the medium, topics will include character design, expressions, page layout and cartoon symbols; writing prompts and exercises will provide inspiration for both imaginative and autobiographical pieces. We’ll also look at examples of expertly crafted comics from notable creators. Students will have the opportunity to share work and get feedback by posting to the secure and easy-to-use site, Padlet. The sessions will wrap up with an optional zine exchange and class comic book anthology.

Instructor: Greg Stump

Grade: 5-8

Location: Online

Duration: 4 session

Start Date: 10/04/2020

End Date: 10/25/2020

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm PDT

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Greg Stump

Greg Stump was a regular contributor for more than a decade to The Comics Journal (as a journalist and critic) and The Stranger (as a cartoonist and illustrator). His work in comics includes the weekly strip Dwarf Attack and the comic book series Urban Hipster, a co-creation with David Lasky that was nominated for a Harvey and Ignatz award. Most recently, Fantagraphics released his graphic novel debut Disillusioned Illusions in 2015 through the publisher's FU Press imprint. An adjunct lecturer at Seattle University and a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts & Lectures, he has been teaching comics to students of all ages for close to two decades.

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