We were featured in two UF publications this month,
by Kathryn Varn, Avenue Writer
Gainesville is the perfect place to become an artist, with its cultural influence and connection to nature. This is exactly why Tom Hart, 42, of New York City, decided to move to Gainesville to open the Sequential Artists Workshop, a school, studio and library that serves to foster the creation and appreciation of comics.
“It’s a great place to be an artist,” Hart said.
Hart, who taught comics at the New York City School of Visual Arts for 10 years, moved to Gainesville last September and opened the doors of SAW in January.
And The Fine Print, by Travis Epes
Sequential Artist Workshop opens in Gainesville
If “sequential art” sounds pretentious: good. That was Will Eisner’s goal. The graphic novelist best remembered for creating the comic series The Spirit, Eisner popularized the term in 1985 to shed comics of their stigma as ‘kid-stuff.’
“Ultimately, it sounds to us more like what it is,” says Tom Hart, a founder of the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) in Gainesville.
Sequential art includes: comic books, comix, graphic novels, manga, cartooning, funny papers or any other combination of words and drawings that create a narrative. And nowadays, thanks to its strengthened reputation, these works can be found in libraries and universities across the country.
But while it’s becoming more common for sequential art to be found in schools, few programs specifically teach comic artists. Only a handful of universities offer B.A. or M.F.A. programs in sequential art, and most come with hefty price tags. So last year, Hart moved to Gainesville to create an affordable program for those who aim to spread their passion for comics.
Read more here: http://www.thefineprintuf.org/2012/04/25/see-saw-draw/