Big Weekend of Comics Events!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is nearly here, and there will be a ton of things for comics lovers to do that weekend!
First up, we have another edition of my Family Comic Jam happening at the Ann Arbor District Library May 5, 2012 from 9 am-12 pm. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how a cartoonist uses shape, size and line to write with images. Then each family will divide up into a team consisting of a writer, artist, and letterer, switching between jobs with every page. The result is an improvisational cartoon story you create together!
And hey–local comics store The Vault of Midnight will be there giving away free comics!
After that I’ll be leading some hands-on mini-workshops at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, MI during their Free Comic Book Day Celebration. They’ll be open from 10 am to 8 pm on May 5. Stop on by to get some free comics and sketches from local cartoonists!
Not in the SE Michigan area? You can use the handy store locator on the FCBD site to see where Free Comic Book Day is happening in your area.
Then from 1-3 pm Sunday, May 6, we’ll have another free edition of the Ann Arbor Comic Artists Forum! Come out to the 4th floor meeting room at Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch to meet up with local cartoonists, share your work, and participate in a demonstration by cartoonist Gale Williams. Gale will be showing us how she digitally “flats” her comics, that is to say, applies the base colors for rendering in Adobe Photoshop.
Not sure what “flatting” is? Check out this video tutorial I did on digital coloring:
As ever, there’s lots of things to do in SE Michigan for comics enthusiasts!