Maker in Residence

 
 
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SUNNYSIDE COMICS

Since 2007 a dedicated group of kids have been meeting up every Friday afternoon in the science lab of Sunnyside Environmental School composing their own graphic novels, comics, manga and illustrated narratives.  Young creators from kindergarten to 8th grade from several neighborhood schools have participated with an equal number of boys and girls dishing out [...]

 
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WE ARE COMICS

I'm Shawn Bowman, writer and artist.  On and off for the last 20 years I've worked with kid artists, writers and filmmakers, helping them create and promote their own work and dig deeper into the crafts they are passionate about. My kids and I are part of an amazing comic club which has met every Friday afternoon for the last seven years[…]

 
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ALTERNATE REALITIES

In our continuing explorations of story development- this Friday we took our favorite character and placed them in different eras of time. By shaking things up a bit we discovered that changing the context of action our comics[…]

 
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2014 OFF TO A KICKIN START WITH SOME SOCIAL JUSTICE ON THE SIDE

Our 1st meet up of the year and we dove right into the deep end of the pool with a character and story building session based on a DIY game called 1000 Blank White Cards . We started out by cutting 5 index cards in half so each player[…]

 
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WHAT'S IN A NAME

Hey Friends- A hearty WELCOME BACK! Can you believe we've been at this for three years- that's half a lifetime for some of you, amazing! So great to be getting back to the hard work of drawing funny pictures and writing funny stories! [...]

 

KRYPTONITE COOKIES-MAKE ME WEAK IN THE KNEES

Being a superhero or a comic character has major benefits.  You have amazing powers, a secret identity, possibly a form fitting costume and in most cases you set your own bedtime.  If we're playing by conventional comic rules you also have a tragic flaw[...]

 

READ ALL ABOUT IT IN THE FUNNY PAPERS

As we're finding out, great comic ideas come from almost anywhere.  We used the daily paper as inspiration for these exercises.  The sports pages turned out to be a hilarous rescouce for dynamic battle comics.  We had some great titles to choose from[...]

 
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COMIC FEAST

As Comic Club wound down this year we decided to have a rockin party to celebrate all our big work.  Our 1st plan was to sketch out amazing, comic inspired dishes, treats which might make us invisible, ward off a zombie attack, edible bits of a molten island of volcanic worms [...]

 

COMIC MAKERS SHOW US HOW IT'S DONE

Hey welcome back everybody!  So fun to see our friends again!  Last week we did a few warm-up exercises to get back in the mood for making comics.  Everyone had an assignment to draw a character from different perspectives- facing forward, from underneath, above, extreme close-ups and more[...]

 
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SPRING READING

For the last few weeks I've been dragging around a big bag of comics, which we've been reading and drawing resources from, all the books came from the Multnomah County Library and is a great place to check out new stuff without spending all your allowance[...]

 

APRIL COMIC NEWS

Whoo hoo!  The fest opens up tomorrow morning at 10am and the kid's workshop begins at 10:30 in the Idaho Room.  The Stumptown organizers have been kind enough to reserve 10 spaces for us, but I'd recommend showing up early (like as soon as the main doors open!)[...]

 
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GALLERY

Here's a SMALL sample of the work we've been up to lately!  Click on the thumbnail for a bigger picture, more to come! [...]