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Comics and Graphic Storytelling Workshop

Session

2: 7/8/2024 -7/21/2024

Discipline

Visual Art & Design

Description

This exciting and immersive course is designed to ignite creativity and serve as an entry point into the world of comic creation for passionate artists, aspiring writers, or comic enthusiasts looking to unleash some artistic energy. Bring captivating stories to life using personal experience, memoir, and culturally relevant content. The course will explore technical aspects of comic creation, such as penciling, inking, coloring, and lettering with traditional and digital tools.

Who Should Take This Class

Students with an interest in learning the basics of comic creation and practicing those techniques alongside experts and peers devoted to the discipline.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio: sample of art or writing (PDF)

Course Coordinator

Venita Black​burn (Fresno) is an award-winning author of the story collections Black Jesus and Other Superheroes (2017), How to Wrestle a Girl (2021), and the debut novel Dead in Long Beach, California (forthcoming, early 2024). She is an associate professor of creative writing at Fresno State.


Guest Artists

David Low

Davi​d Low

David Low is an associate professor of literacy education at Fresno State. A former English teacher and cartoonist in Tucson, Arizona, he trained as a researcher of language, literacy, and culture at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. His work examines young people’s critical multimodal literacy practices in diverse learning spaces.

Tessa Hulls

Tessa Hulls

Tessa Hulls is an artist/writer/adventurer who is equally likely to disappear into the wilderness or a research library. Her graphic memoir, Feeding Ghosts, traces three generations of women in her family against a backdrop of Chinese history and diaspora to explore the complicated ways that mothers and daughters both damage and save one another.

Lisa Herrick

Lisa Herrick

Lisa Lee Herrick is an award-winning Hmong American writer, illustrator, and producer based in Fresno, California. She is a PEN America Emerging Voices fellow in creative nonfiction, co-founder of Fresno’s LitHop literary arts festival, Editor-at-Large for Hyphen magazine, and a regular contributor to The Rumpus (among others).

Lisa Herrick

Lisa Herrick

Lisa Lee Herrick is an award-winning Hmong American writer, illustrator, and producer based in Fresno, California. She is a PEN America Emerging Voices fellow in creative nonfiction, co-founder of Fresno’s LitHop literary arts festival, Editor-at-Large for Hyphen magazine, and a regular contributor to The Rumpus (among others).