Non Sequitur: Abstraction in Contemporary Sequential Art Organized with guest curators Tom Hart and Jeff Owens featuring: Pat Ausilio, Derek Ballard, Josh Bayer, Erin Curry, CF (Christopher Forgues), Hellen Jo, Aidan Koch, Emma Louthan, Molly Colleen O’Connell, Gary Panter, Raymond…
I’m teaching for a week at the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida. Feb 24th to the 28th. Gabrielle Bell is teaching the following week, March 3rd to 7th. Please sign up.
It’ll be a super-intense week I have planned. I’ve taken a lot of comics classes in my life, and I tried to plan a course that will actually be useful and show you how you can generate a lot of material and get over the hump of actually sitting down to make a comic. We will be doing a lot of writing exercises and quick comic-making and crits.
Here’s the supply list:
1. A ream of 8.5 X 11” computer paper.
2. Pens. Whatever you normally draw with, plus some general office supply-type pens.
3. Pencils with erasers. A small pencil sharpener too.
4. A lined notebook. (80 sheets, meade, doesn’t matter — a lined notebook to write words in.)
5. A comic that you want to talk about — a pamphlet, book, whatever you want.
I’ve been depressed about comics all this month, but this lifted my spirits. I feel like the comics industry had a shitty year, and the comics internet felt stupid all year round, but look: still a lot of cartoonists making things. Making comics still feels vital. I want to add a couple: Georgia Webber’s “Dumb”. I love books that put me into an unexpected, unusual perspective. I’d never thought about what it’d be like to lose my voice, and this comic did a great job taking me there. Also, Joe Kessler’s “Windowpane 2" and Matt Seneca’s "Minotaur”. These comics are very different from each other, but they’re both more visually literate than word literate, and have drawings that I like but maybe aren’t to many people’s tastes. My fear for comics is that as everything moves to preorders (or online orders), comics will become more conservative — books go to the people who already know that they’re going to like them — it’s what they ordered off the menu. Part of what publishers and retail stores (and festivals) do is bring people things that the public might not like, but they do it anyway! Ha ha ha. Like a waiter bringing someone something unexpected, and just putting it in front of them. They didn’t ask for it. That’s difficult to do online, or in a preorder model. Anyway, I believe in them and I hope comics will have a place for them to continue to grow and make new and unusual things. Also I hope Gary Groth doesn’t die in 2014.