Feeling Anxious? Part 1

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Feeling ANXIOUS? Nervous about the world? Unsettled, like everything is about to SQUASH YOU? Join the club! Comics has long been an artform of ANXIETY. A way for artists to express their fear and frustration with society, technology, war, disasters, death and any other horrible thing. Below are some of my favorite examples. A classic one from Popeye! Thimble Theater, by EC Segar. That’s how I feel these days!  …

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The Wonderful World Of Wood’s Details

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Topic: DRAWING DEPTH AND DETAILS ONLINE COURSE with Justine Mara Andersen In my upcoming on-line class about depth and details I will not be talking about the above image… though I should be. The truth is, I should have been including this image every year… but I haven’t. So, here it is now, a spectacular Wally Wood splash page. It’s not only chock-full of great details, it’s not only brilliantly…

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African Comics at MSU


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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Presentations on Humanizing


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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Amazing Comics Show in Gainsesville, FL, Opens Feb 28. Shaw, Santoro, Koch, Jo, Wang, Bayer, Pettibon and lots more

Pictures instead of Sounds

  Non Sequitur: Abstraction in Contemporary Sequential Art Organized with guest curators Tom Hart and Jeff Owens featuring: Pat Ausilio, Derek Ballard, Josh Bayer, Erin Curry, CF (Christopher Forgues), Hellen Jo, Aidan Koch, Emma Louthan, Molly Colleen O’Connell, Gary Panter, Raymond Pettibon, Frank Santoro, Dash Shaw, and Angie Wang Feb. 26 – Mar. 26, 2014 (opening reception Friday, Feb. 28) Co Curated by Tom Hart at The Sequential Artists…

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Thanks to The Eisner Foundation for a generous gift for 2014

We want to thank The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation for a generous end-of-year gift to help support SAW in 2014. Eisner had an enormous and unprecedented effect on the medium. Eisner did more than anyone prior to him to consciously push at the boundaries of the medium, testing what could be done with that pacing, rhythm, expressive anatomy and that equation of “space=time” that we often boil…

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First student zines

Flickr Page of Student Work

Our first zines from the first semester are rolling off the risograph. Here’s a look at Ceili Braidwood’s Hai Tea/Tea Ku: The first Riso zines by SAW students are coming off the press. This lovely one, Hai Tea/Tea Ku by Ceili  send-me-letters  

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