Comics have been called “the invisible art” because the deceptive simplicity of the form masks a complex, expressive multi-medium in which writing, drama, stage-craft, drawing, design, and imagination are combined to create an endless range of visual- narrative possibilities. In this workshop series, participants will critically examine issues of race, class, gender, and war using comics, television, and film to explore past and present cultural representations. The proposed workshops can be attended as stand-alone events or as a scaffolded series. Click here to register for one, two, or three workshops in the series.
Workshop 1. Comics & Culture, March 2, 2019, 9:00am-2:00pm. Comic strips and books have been integral parts of American life since the late 19th century. Generations have thrilled to the exploits of colorful characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and countless others. But what do these characters reveal about our culture, politics, and society? This seminar/workshop will explore questions of race, gender, class, and human rights as presented through the lens of popular as well as alternative comics.
Workshop 2. Comics as Post-Racial Provocations, March 9, 2019, 9:00am-2:00pm. In this hands-on workshop, students will examine social justice and equity related themes through the creative lens of comics. Drawing on historical events and topical issues, participants will use selected key texts as inspiration to craft short graphic narratives that critically explore past and present racial justice and equity issues.
Workshop 3. Editorial Cartoons & Other Reasons to Riot, March 16, 2019, 9:00-2:00pm. Political cartoons are by their very nature, provocative and irreverent. At their best, these visual commentaries elicit strong emotional responses from readers. They invite protest, rebuttal, and dialogue. This workshop is a challenging introduction to a deceptively simple art form. The editorial is a small, but well lit stage, upon which students make their first, tentative efforts to “wow” an audience. From this vantage point, they may see for the first time how powerful a few thoughtfully placed lines on paper can be.