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This course is both a study of comics and an extended lab in comics making. Students who take the course should expect to learn a great deal about the medium of comics—what it is, how it functions as a language, and the uses to which it can be put. Students will learn these things by actually writing and drawing comics of their own. Students will work in multiple genres, learning both to narrate the stories of others and to render their own life experiences on the page.
Artistic skill is not a prerequisite; anyone who can draw stick figures and arrange them in panels is qualified to take the course. Class time will be organized in workshop fashion, so students should be ready both to have their work examined by the class as a whole and to make generous and observant contributions when discussing the work of others.
Students will be writing and/or drawing in class almost every day, and take-home work will be assigned constantly.
The final grade will be assigned holistically, as an assessment of work produced throughout the term.
Two absences will be allowed; more than two will damage the final grade. If some absences are excused, this can reduce the damage, but it will not necessarily erase all of it. Students should be aware that this policy is never altered, and that it has been the primary factor in drops and failures in previous terms.
Only two books are required:
Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti.
What It Is by Lynda Barry
Students will also need basic drawing materials: pencils/pens and paper. Some students may usually work with tablets in their own artistic endeavors, but for this class, all comics will be produced on paper.