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Come to SAW's intensive, affordable, year-long program in and sharpen your vision in Gainesville, FL.

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Hire SAW to create vivid, smart comics, animated shorts, book illustrations, or create visual learning materials.

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Justine's Thoughts

Commit to your art and define yourself with all your heart. Blog posts by Justine Mara Andersen, our life-changing drawing teacher.

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SAW Year Long Program

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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Online Classes

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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We at SAW are happy to help non-profits, public agencies, etc. help get their message across. Contact us if you’d like help with your…

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One time donation to help us keep comics accessible to all: (click above to donate)  Or offer a sustaining donation to the cartoonists of…

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Keith Mayerson article

Been hard at work writing this article about one of SVA’s favorite teachers, Keith Mayerson. Here’s an early bit as I hack through the transcript “I’m on the ‘Have my cake and eat it too’ plan, where you can have content, make work that’s about something, but unlike post-modernity where they were worried that beauty would seduce you to put your brains in a bag and not think about…

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Ball Point Boxers

WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? The Backstory In 1950, LIFE Magazine published photos from an event dubbed “Ball Point Bathing Suits”… a racy cocktail party / fashion show at which popular strip cartoonists were invited to draw all over models in white swimtanks.  The photos were brought to our attention in 2009, courtesy of the Beat.  (“The Happiest Cartoonist of All Time,” original article.) “All that’s missing is a…

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More about SAW-in-progress, May 2011

For those interested in more details about our school-to-be, The Sequential Artists Workshop, or SAW. We’ll be opening in late 2011/early 2012 in Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville is a university town with a lot of culture and we feel it’s a great place to become a cartoonist. There is a sub-department in the English department there which is dedicated to studying and writing about comics in depth; they even publish…

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Visiting Dash Shaw in the studio

Stephanie was dispatched this week over to interview Dash Shaw for Seriously, Comics. Not sure what they discussed, but she sent some pics. This is a good time to remind you all of Dash and John Cameron Mitchell’s kickstarter for the animation project that is hinted at in these pics and can be learned about here: http://www.kickstarter.com/e/Jwbmj/projects/999818113/the-ruined-cast-an-animated-feature-by-dash-shaw-0

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Visting Keith Mayerson in the studio

One thing I wanted to do before leaving New York City was visit Keith Mayerson’s studio and bother him long enough to tease more of his approaches to art making out of him. Since I started teaching at SVA in 2001, Keith has always been a welcoming mentor and friend. He is open to every student’s ideas, and like me, believes that the more people can access their inner…

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Improv Comics from Principles Class

Every so often you have to let off steam after a long project. This year’s Principles of Cartooning students at SVA did a great job on their biographical mini-comics, that we took a session to do guided jam comics. The four below represent some of the best. All worked from a set of rules: the page layout is identical. Content was guided: Panel 1 had to feature a character…

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Oblique Strategies for Comics

Culling old notebooks and card-bins and trying to organize long list of strategies and inspiring instructions.

# A large block of text
# Summarize the most important part
# Narrated by a third party who we see
# Why so little suspense?

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Feiffer for beginners

Often I run into students who don’t know Feiffer or at least don’t know Feiffer well, which is a shame. Feiffer detailed the mind of a person in the middle of our society better than anyone, his only peer in cartooning maybe being Schulz, who used the side door of children as characters. Thurber did it a little, as did a lot of the cartoonists in the 50s including…

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