Year-Long Program

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

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Apply here for the 2017-2018 year-long program in comics.

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Work for Clients

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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Projects

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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Donate

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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Comics for Writers Class

Comics For Writers

Comic for Writers 5 Tuesdays March 14 – April 18, 6:30-9:00 PM Tom Hart will be teaching this class specifically for people who already have a regular writing practice. We’ll be doing lots of comics experiments to learn how to use the visual medium in a rich way. I Love Writers! I’ve met a lot of writers who want to do comics. There are so many worries and things to think…

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Struggling with the Details in your Drawings?

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If you’re like me, you struggle with details and clarity in your drawings. When I met Justine Andersen in 2012, suddenly I had a mentor to help me. She is a brilliant artist and a generous teacher and I immediately hired her at my school to cover ground I couldn’t: the masterful control of space and technique in a drawing. Justine says: Have you ever wondered how to get more…

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Turns out that it is also EASY to program an entire festival with women.

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This comes from one of my favorite people on Earth, Josh Santospirito. Josh runs “Her Majesty’s Really Great Favourite Graphical Festival” in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, once a year. This year, in programming, he decided to ignore men. Here’s his post about it. Festivale Directeur Flamboyante Josh speaking: I’ve been tossing up whether to publicise this stuff, but I thought it might be positive to speak about. The truly wonderful…

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Nicole Rifkin’s on Creating Visual Essays

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We did a FB Live broadcast of the Nicole Rifkin‘s talk today at SAW (our first, so excuse the, err, “videography”). During the talk, Nicole broke down the process of developing a visual essay for publication. Her talk is full of insights into telling stories visually, and we’re honored to have had Nicole speak at SAW. Also, aside from being a top-notch illustrator for places like the New Yorker and Fast…

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African Comics at MSU

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In 2015, I took a trip to Lansing, Michigan to visit MSU, and was overwhelmed by their amazing library. They had on display at the time some of their hundreds of comics published in Africa. These are some of the quickie photos I took of this amazing work. Next post, I’ll post some of the rest of the library, including some shots of Randy the librarian playing the upright bass.

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Upcoming classes and Workshops!

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Upcoming Classes and Workshops! Get Your Worry On! We’re super excited to announce our spring workshop visiting artist will be Laura Park! Feb 27- Mar 3, 2017 Critic Rob Clough says, “Park is unquestionably one of the most skilled cartoonists around. She’s best known for illustrating other people’s projects for a living, but her own autobio comics are at once funny, heart-breaking and sharply observed. Her self-caricature is one…

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Life is short, make comics. (Part II)

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The first month of SAW, Dylan Horrocks came. In his lecture he talked about how physical drawing was (a sentiment Leela echoed throughout the year). He likened it to singing and said that like a singer, you have to do scales and warm up. Seeing him redraw entire pages, was so freeing—if he didn’t get it right the first time, why should I? So much of what I learned…

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Presentations on Humanizing

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We showed two Presentation and homework for November 28, 2016. For those who missed it we watched two film essays, and discussed with grim sadness the situation in Allepo, through the twitter feed of the 7-year old girl, Bana Alabed, who I pray is alive when you read this. Below are the films and some quick points I gleaned from them. Some notes I took: -It’s about the emotional…

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Life is short, make comics. (Part I)

It was published in Ink Brick #3.

  Does this sound like you? For a few years before SAW, my creative life was not going so well. I had an OK-could-be-more-frequent-more-discliplined studio practice. I had a healthy journaling practice. Every once in a while I’d get struck by lightning. An entire comic would come to my mind’s eye and I’d put it down. I still felt unsure about whether I really wanted to make comics. Most of…

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