Why you should study at SAW

Why you should study at SAW: SAW is a place like no other in the American comics world right now. An intensive, informal school; a fully functioning two-leveled studio; a stocked library of inspiration, reference and history; a risograph printing station; and first-rate instructors full of knowledge, talent, experience and generosity of spirit.   At SAW we teach more than comics and graphic novels and more than just drawing…

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End of the semester student show, 2012!

We had an amazing End-Of-The-Semester Show, thanks to everyone who came out! Tomis from Display Gallery made this cat head, Tom from SAW is wearing it.   Sally, Eric, Adrian, and instructor John Ronan all in the picture at the show   Professor Elif A. made baclava and burek, yum! Shots of mini-comics from Adrian, Eric and Majed Great shot from above A great showing and great work on the…

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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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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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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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