Thank You!

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(Above image by Dana Maier, from Emily Flake’s Gag Cartooning Class!) Hi everyone! It’s only been 6 months since we started taking our courses online and you’ve been great in responding with terrific engagement and work. When I started this school, it was to empower people to express themselves through visual and sequential art, so thank you! Here’s a quick celebration and sampling of some of what you’ve been…

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Feeling Anxious? Part 1

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Feeling ANXIOUS? Nervous about the world? Unsettled, like everything is about to SQUASH YOU? Join the club! Comics has long been an artform of ANXIETY. A way for artists to express their fear and frustration with society, technology, war, disasters, death and any other horrible thing. Below are some of my favorite examples. A classic one from Popeye! Thimble Theater, by EC Segar. That’s how I feel these days!  …

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Sitting on a treasure trove of research and true stories? Jess Ruliffson’s Non-Fiction Comics Course

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Are you sitting on a treasure trove of research? http://sequentialartistsworkshop.thinkific.com/courses/non-fiction-comics Do you have too many good true stories or interviews? Wondering how to start turning these sources into the rich combination of words and pictures of comics? In this course I will personally walk you through moving from rich research material to rich graphic storytelling. We’ll survey examples and examine what works well and what doesn’t in comics, and I’ll show you…

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All Obstacles Will Be Removed When You Get Here

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Our year-long student Maxine said this: “All Obstacles Will Be Removed When You Get Here” and I laughed, Ha ha, right! But our regular visitor and student Deanna said “it’s true” and then they went back and forth, discussing the obstacles they’d seen removed once someone got to SAW. “You remember J?” She said. When his ATM card stopped working and he was eating nothing but rice and tea…

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ONLINE OPEN HOUSE! June 5, 8 pm!

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https://www.facebook.com/events/272078976595870/ Ever wish you could see SAW for yourself? Peek inside the crazy comics clubhouse that is the Sequential Artists Workshop this Monday for a Facebook Live Open House. You’ll meet Tom Hart, SAW founder and author of the NYT best-selling graphic memoir Rosalie Lightning, plus SAW students, alumni and other cartoonists who make up our vibrant community. During the Open House, SAW cartoonists will show you our drool-worthy…

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Metaphrog and Thi Bui in Gainesville May 24 and 30!

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Two exciting evenings with great creators coming soon! May 24 2017, John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs, or Metaphrog. Their new book is a beautiful adaptation of The Little Mermaid. This event is at the Milhopper Library. https://www.facebook.com/events/1958370027733020/ Read more about Metaphrog here   And May 30, 2017 Thi Bui’s amazing new graphic memoir is about her family’s flight from Vietnam during the Vietnam war. A stunning story that makes…

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Justine’s Advice

I always say Justine is my favorite teacher. Here’s a post that shows why, from today in her Depth and Details group. STUDENT: It’s hard to be: 1. Honest about where you are 2. Hopeful about where you want to go 3. Kind enough to yourself to gently nudge yourself closer to number 2, while challenging yourself enough to grow. Oh, and keeping a solid practice. This was a…

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Tarot Workshop Saturday, May 20 at 1 PM – 5 PM

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Every Picture Tells a Story – Saturday, May 20 at 1 PM – 5 PM So you want to create a Tarot deck? Don’t know where to start? Or maybe you have some ideas already? I can help! Tarot is my life. I’m a professional Tarot Reader, Astrologer, and writer, and in this second Tarot Workshop at SAW, we will discuss the STRUCTURE of the deck and all the…

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