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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Laura Park Workshop article on WUFT

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From WUFT, at this link Laura Park gives students at SAW advice on how to improve their art. Their activities focused on the importance of observation of the world and memories they can use in their comics. (Abby Stafford/WUFT News) Cartoon Workshop Brings Chicago Artist To Gainesville By Abby Stafford March 17, 2017 Arts and Entertainment 4 Laura Park, an accomplished cartoonist who has worked with author James Patterson,…

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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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Jen Sandwich Art Show

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We had a great show with Bradenton artist Jen Sandwich Oakland/Bradenton comics artist Jen Sandwich is known for her frenetic and fun diary comics detailing and drawing most people like rabbits. Her books Total Trash were recently collected into Meaningless: Total Trash and is an amazing collection of angst and glee.

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This week: Dave Kiersh and Dylan Horrocks!

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To anyone within the sound of our voice, please come out to SAW Friday 11 am to hear a talk from Dave Kiersh, author of Afterschool Special, and  Dirtbags, Mallchicks and Motorbikes.   Also Tuesday afternoon or maybe evening (check with us soon), the amazing Dylan Horrocks, showcasing his new Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen…

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Gainesville Arts Pride Round Up 1

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Wax Wings:   Lauren Groff and her amazing new book:   Erin Curry http://erincurry.com/maybe-we-are-the-door/#6   Cindy Steiler   Padgett Powell and Former Student and now Harpers Story Writer Becca Evanhoe http://lithub.com/in-which-padgett-powell-employs-an-extended-scatological-metaphor/  http://harpers.org/archive/2014/09/they-were-awake/   Margaret Tolbert   Little Jake Mitchell and the Soul Searchers   I love the Gainesville Arts Scene – Lots more to come!  

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Aidan Koch Workshop 2015

Aidan Koch came in March 2015 and taught an amazing workshop. 10 or more of us crammed into SAW every day for a fascinating lecture on drawing, storytelling, contemporary art, and were set loose to work on assignments each day. Everyone had a mind-expanding time. Thanks so much to Aidan for coming to SAW to teach!

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Scenes from the Aidan Koch workshop, day 1

After a morning of showing her work, and detailing many of the processes in creating The Whale, The Blonde Woman, Q and other comics, Aidan Koch led the SAW attendees through a small and powerful exercise. Lots of drawing outside onto prescribed pages. We had to look for specific content: exteriors, movement sequences, faces, etc.   These sneakers showed up in at least three comics:     Aidan doing…

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