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15 – 18
Explore the fundamental concepts and techniques for creating comics and graphic novels, including writing, drawing, and different ways to combine the two; story structure, character design, inking, and production skills including scanning, processing in Photoshop, and printing.
At the conclusion of the course, students will make a mini-comic collecting all the comics they created in class.
Jacob Peter Fennell
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Ellen Forney’s New York Times bestselling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me, was named a “Best Graphic Memoir of 2012″ by The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, and Publishers Weekly. She collaborated with Sherman Alexie on National Book Award-winning novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and she created the Eisner-nominated comic books I Love Led Zeppelin and Monkey Food. In 2013, Ellen visited Bosnia & Herzegovina as a U.S. Embassy-invited guest for a country-wide “One Book” program for high-schoolers, was an invited participant in the Beijing Bookworm International Literary Festival, and was an invited guest at the San Diego Comicon, where she won an Inkpot Award. Ellen is the 2012 Stranger Genius Award winner in Literature, and has taught Comics studio and Graphic Novels as Literature courses at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts since 2002.