Vital stat

Yikes, a week without updates — I'm teaching this month, is why, so a lot of energy goes into my comics class. Besides, I've been upgraded from my regular 8hrs/week course to a 17hr one (and going full time for the last week) so my regular curriculum is almost milked dry already. It's equally inspiring…

Egg-citing!

As part of my current comics class, I let the students give me assignments in return for the ones I give them on a daily basis. Fair is fair, and it gives them a way to vent their frustration with the teacher. Returning after the weekend, our classroom had been used for a papier maché…
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Teaching, days 15-16

Wednesday, like the day before, was basically a time of quiet, intense labour on the students' part. Free Comics ed. Torben Hansen was unfortunately late, and didn't actually meet them, but he got to look at most of the comics-in-progress, and asked to be contacted by three of the students.That, I think, is one of…

Teaching, day 14

This was my view all day :)I'm a proud little teacher, all remaining students are hard at work at their final product, each by their individual aesthetic and ability."Remaining students", yes. As expected, some have fallen by the wayside, a few even quite recently as the ambitions were raised according to their general accomplishments.In a…

Teaching, days 10-12

"The Mindscape of Alan Moore" went down well on Tuesday but when I tried turning it into a fast one-two combination with "In Search of Mœbius", some fatigue seeped in.Wednesday was time to turn in inspirational art for the "diploma comic". That proved to be an alien concept to some students who either brought synopses…

Teaching, day 9

Pre-class: today is going to be a step backwards in terms of assignment duration. I think we need to take a break after the first longer comic, and try and apply to a shorter form what we have learned about storytelling as well as process.There will be music, and free association from that. An intermission…

Teaching, days 5-7

After Monday's comic history slideshow we have started making the first longer comics. It's rehearsals at this early stage so there's no real pressure on the students when it comes to shape or contents. I don't much care about the color of the beast, or how many legs it has, as long as it lives…

Teaching, day 4

Today's session was something of a quantum leap from the last two days of relative entry level assignments, and to some degree I believe the students welcomed the change of pace. Their comics are growing visibly bolder to match the demand I'm putting on them.I'd asked them to tell a single page story spanning three…

Teaching, day 3

Well, that went okay I guess, in its own anticlimactic little way. I seem to have sorely underestimated the class, even after the praise I laid upon them yesterday.Today's assignment was to make a three-panel strip, just to measure the individual student's ability to tell a story in pictures. So no demands to entertainment value…