Friday, January 11, 2019

Let's Meet By Making Comics!

On Saturday, November 10, 2018 I had the privilege of working with several dozen folks of all ages from the local community on ideas of visual literacy, making comics, storytelling, and living a life brightened by art-making.

In the front row sat a five-year-old and an eighty-five-year-old!  And the rest of the room held everything in between.  It was terrific.

For 90 minutes we explored how much they already knew about communicating through comics, and how effective they could be in this medium, even if they didn't know how to draw.

As someone who couldn't draw for most of her life, I love to emphasize with people that they can do effective work in comics, even if they "can't draw," if they just learn some principles of visual literacy and storytelling.

This was all part of the NEA Big Read Lakeshore program.

This year's book was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which takes its title from a graphic novel which features prominently in the book.

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to share my love of comics with the community!  Thanks, Big Read Team!

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