Comic Jam! Art Exhibition

May 26, 2011 by  
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From May 28 to June 23, you can check out the Comic Jam! exhibit at the Chelsea River Gallery, a fine art collection of comics work I guest curated, featuring the following amazing artists:

Here are the terrific artists included in the exhibit:

After the Saturday events at Kids Read Comics, we’ll be holding a special Opening Reception where you can meet many of these artists and talk comics! It’s a special party for grown-ups who think comics are great, and I hope to see you there!

My deepest thanks to the folks of the Chelsea River Gallery for making this happen and supporting our beloved medium!

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page!

Robots vs Monsters Workshop

May 11, 2011 by  
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This Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm, you can make an army of robots, an army of monsters, and send them off to battle for world supremacy! In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to design and draw an implacable horde of robot soldiers, followed by an exercise in using random shapes to create a maniacal mass of monsters. You’ll then be invited to create a comic where you’ll decide who wins the battle!

Registration is still open for my Robots vs Monsters workshop at the Ann Arbor Art Center. During this class you’ll learn how size relationships are used to create characters, how different lines convey the inner life of the character, and how body language and gesture are used to bring your character to life!

This is easily one of my most high-energy and fun workshops, so if you know a young person with an interest in drawing and storytelling, I hope you’ll let them know about it!

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Here’s a sample from one of my past workshops:

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Comics Class for Grown-Ups!

May 9, 2011 by  
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I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be leading a comics workshops for adults at the University of Michigan Museum of Art this June!

The Ann Arbor Art Center partners with UMMA to lead special workshops for the Ann Arbor area, and my Write With Images workshop was selected for the next round of available events.

Here’s the workshop description:

Learn how a cartoonist uses drawings, panel size, and crazy sound effects to immerse their readers in the story! Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd will lead you in an interactive discussion on some of the fundamental comics storytelling principles, after which you’ll be invited to create a short comics story of your own!

Even if you’ve never drawn a stick figure before, this class will have something to offer you. The focus of my Write With Images workshop is on how size relationships and types of line serve to communicate story in comics. Comics is telling a story with images, regardless of the “quality” of the images. If you can understand the differences between big and small, course and smooth, and pointy and round, you can make a comic.

You can sign up on the Ann Arbor Art Center website.

Wondering what to expect? Check out this episode from my Comics Fundamentals class for adults held at the Ann Arbor District Library last year!

I’m thrilled about leading more comics courses for adults, and I hope to fill this class up. You can help make this happen by spreading the word!

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Free Comic Book Day May 7!

May 3, 2011 by  
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I hope you’ve marked this coming Saturday, May 7, because it’s Free Comic Book Day! You can visit your local retailer to pick up a selection of free books to try out, and I hope you’ll use the opportunity to purchase a comic or two! You can find your local retailer via the handy store locator on the Free Comic Book Day website. You can preview some of the free comics on their website as well. Check these out:

For those in the Southeast Michigan area, I will be appearing at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, giving away free copies of The Origin of Jared, a full-color all-ages comic I made a few years back. I’ll also be doing free sketches for kids under 13 all day long!

There will be plenty more super cartoonists to meet at Green Brain on Saturday, including Mark Rudolph, Christian Slade, and Mike Roll. These Michigan cartoonists will be bringing books to purchase, so it’s a great opportunity to meet and support some local talent.

I will post updates to my Twitter and Facebook throughout the day, and I might even do a few AudioBoo posts, for those who can’t make it out to see us during the day.

Hope to see you there!

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Make a Mini-Comic Workshop April 27!

April 13, 2011 by  
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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be leading another session of my Make a Mini-Comic Workshop at Blue House Ann Arbor!

In this two-hour workshop you’ll explore some general storytelling principles of comics such as moment choice, paneling, character design, and how sound is portrayed. After that you’ll brainstorm a story with the class, then turn that story into your very own 8-page mini-comic! If you’ve ever wanted to participate in a fun way to get started in comics, this is definitely a class for you.

The session will run on April 27 from 4-6 pm.

Registration is required. Sign up here!

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This May: TWO comics workshops at 826!

April 12, 2011 by  
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I’m proud to announce that I’ll be leading two comics workshops at 826 Michigan this May!

On May 20 from 6-8 pm you’ll be able to participate in a hands-on character design workshop that explores the many ways a cartoonist writes characters with visuals and words. How do you design a character so that an audience will infer their occupation, personality, and goals by visuals alone? What aspects of the character can be conveyed visually, and what must you express verbally?

On May 25, from 6 to 7:30 pm you can join us for my Make a Mini-Comic workshop, which covers how limitations breed creativity. Working with a small page count and limited tools, you’ll discover how using less can equal a whole lot more in your comic.

Registration is required, so sign up quickly to secure your place!

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Registration Open for Teen and Youth Graphic Novel Academies!

April 11, 2011 by  
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Attention Southeast Michigan comics enthusiasts! If you are or know a comics enthusiast between the ages of 9 and 18, I hope you’ll sign them up for the 8-week Graphic Novel Academy class I’ll be teaching at the Ann Arbor Art Center!

This class offers an in-depth look at how cartoonists “write with images”, exploring how size relationships, line type, and color all contribute to the overall expression of the author’s voice. We also cover many different types of comics formats, such as mini-comics, comic strips, and graphic novels, as a means to introduce the students to all of the options available to them as they find their way toward a career in cartooning.

Teen sessions will be held  on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm, starting April 19.

Youth sessions (ages 9-12) will be held on Thursdays from 4:30-6 pm, starting April 21.

Registration is required, and seats are limited, so sign up soon!

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Mini-Comics Day in Ann Arbor!

April 4, 2011 by  
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This Saturday, April 9 from 11 am to 6 pm, the University of Michigan Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library, in conjunction with the Cartoonist Conspiracy, will be hosting a Mini-Comics Day!

If you’ve ever heard of the 24-Hour Comics day, this event is very similar. You’ll be invited to complete a mini-comic in the time allotted, working along side other local cartoonists. Whether you’re 8 or 80, you can make comics, and this event will be a great opportunity to finish a story while enjoying the support of other cartoonists.

I plan to be there for at least a couple hours, and I hope to see you there, too!

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Authors in Chelsea!

April 1, 2011 by  
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Mark your calendars, comics and writing enthusiasts! On April 13 from 6:30-8:00 pm I’ll be teaching and presenting at the Authors in Chelsea event!

I’ll be in good company, as the other two featured authors are none other than Gail Carson Levine and Johanna Hurwitz. We’ll all be leading presentations on how to be a storyteller, whether it’s books or comics, followed by a signing at the Chelsea District Library.

No registration required for this event. But you can download this event to your calendar as a reminder, and be sure to tell a friend!

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Become a Sponsor of the KRC Super Fun Tour!

March 3, 2011 by  
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Attention publishers and creators of all-ages comics! The Kids Read Comics Celebration has an opportunity for you to reach your target audience while helping with the worthy cause of getting more kids to read comics!

This spring I will be visiting 21 libraries in what we’re calling the Kids Read Comics Super Fun Tour! In order to spread the word about our event this June 18-19, 2011, I will be leading free hands-on workshops for kids all across Southern Michigan, from the shores of Lake Huron to Lake Michigan! I will be driving over 2,000 miles over the course of this tour, and teaching hundreds of young people.

If you haven’t seen my workshops before, they are a positive and high-energy environment leaving kids and teens excited about the medium. Participants at my library events often leave with several comics checked out from the library’s collection. My workshops are as much about learning how to enjoy comics as they are about how to make them.

We are making a special full-color comic book, The Origin of Jared, to give the kids and teens who attend the workshops to take home with them. These books will also be distributed at other events related to KRC, and at KRC itself. to help cover the costs of this tour we’re offering sponsorship positioning on the inside front cover of the book. In other words, these books will be freely distributed to thousands of children.

We have four sponsorship slots open for the inside front cover, each 2.25×2.25″. The artwork must be 300 dpi and in full-color. We’re asking for $200 for each sponsorship slot. The slot can be used to promote your webcomic or a landing page where kids can purchase your printed book. We only ask that you point them at comics appropriate for kids and teens.

Deadline for participation is midnight next Wednesday, March 9. You can contact me for details on how you can participate.

The more kids we get to read comics, the better chance we all have at making a better living through comics. So I hope you’ll support our mission.


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