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How can you make your work better? How do you become an artist?  The SAW Single-Year Program Whether your interest is personal stories, graphic…

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We are updating our online courses every day! Please click here for our online offerings. In our classes we’ll take you from inspiration and…

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Finishing Unterzakhn

Finalizing Unterzakhn, getting the book into InDesign Finalizing some grey tones This is the book that broke the scanner. Crashed it. I mean the scanner fell off the shelf and crashed to the floor. All the remaining scans are coming out all shudderry: Viva la scanner. Viva la Unterzakhn!

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Finishing Unterzakhn 2

Still working on finishing Unterzakhn. Reordering, deleting, cutting, pasting, Leela is busy drawing new panels and pages, Some screen shots: Great dry brush on this vomiting woman. Lee felt the characters needed to be split apart in this panel. Note the profile in the negative space of the last panel. Pretty sure she’s got to draw something there now. Leela inking some hair. I love watching her ink hair.

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Unterzakhn in Progress

Leela has been hard at work finishing Unterzakhn since we relocated to Gainesville. She’s been busy with productions, adding tones, rewrites, re-draws and I’ve been editing, compiling, serving as Walter Murch to her Francis Ford Coppola. This is an accurate analogy. Leela has approached this project very organically, with high degrees of “rehearsal” and improvisation of scenes, until they’ve been right. Some scenes from years ago have been rewritten,…

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Afternoon with Derek Ballard

Leela took a mini-break from Unterzakhn and Tom took a break from you-don’t-want-to-know-what, and we spent the afternoon with Gainesville’s Derek Ballard, (aka The Line Tamer) and looked at his book-in-progress, whose title I forget but the layout comes from those little Peanuts hardcovers you’d get in the 70s. Anyway. His super stylized way of drawing is fascinating. A contrast of angular and cold lines and shapes with robotic/sci-fi…

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Great work from past students!

Hard to keep track of all the great work from my past students, but a few (many are CCS grads for whom I thesis-advised) have crossed my path the past day or two: Melissa Mendes won a Xeric to publish FREDDY STORIES and it’s wonderful. This book is elusive, charming, and odd, like childhood. Go here: http://www.mmmendes.com/freddy/the-book/ The crazy and brilliant Betsey Swardlick wrote a book Colleen Frakes is…

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Karl Stevens’ The Lodger

  Karl Stevens, The Lodger I enjoyed The Lodger book much more than I expected. My reservations were due to Stevens’ abundant allegiance to the photo-realistic moment. Often comics like this are too static, and too difficult to connect with. More often than not for a story to flow, the visuals need room to breathe; there needs to be a stylistic choice to allow space for the reader’s imagination…

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Note from a student

This note came from Michael Glover, a many-time student of mine. I thought I’d answer him here. Tom, Hey man, just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for introducing me to the world of comics and for being a great inspiration! I believe you hold the record for the number of times I’ve taken a class with an instructor (4 times!) and that says a lot!…

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SAW at SPX

QUICK note to say Tom Hart and others from SAW will be at SPX 2012 in Bethesda, MD this weekend, Sept 9-11, 2012 with copies of Seriously Comics, ISRA, and lots of postcards and fliers. PLUS we will be teaming up with CCS’s Alec Longstreth to offer a one-hour workshop in mini-comics! Hope to see you there!

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John Porcellino’s Wildlife Paintings

John P’s wildlife paintings came in this week and if you’re luck enough to have pledged enough during our fundraiser  receive this reward, you can expect one of these in the next few weeks. If you’re one of the 6 or 7 and would prefer a certain one, let us know FAST, as they’re going out next week. Thanks John! And check out the classes page to find out…

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Fumetti Photo Shoot

We spent the last afternoon of the NYC HEATWAVE shooting our fumetti in Prospect Park. The heat caused us to reschedule from 2pm to 6pm, causing us to lose hours of light. We shot the last scenes in a pizza parlor where our underaged extras partook in a well-deserved beer. The plot involves two characters created by Jason Little, chasing after one Stacey Nightmare , whose twitter feed is…

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