I’ve mostly been studying for the GREs but you know, still drawing when I can.
Sketch of myself and instructor Lynn Huang, as busted out by my awesomely talented student Jonathan in the last five minutes of class.
Our awesome class zine, featuring work from 9 super-gifted (though super-goofy) middle and high school students who chose to spend 7 hours a day for 3 weeks in a class room with 1 grad student and 1 teaching assistant who taught them big words like “phenomenology” and forced them to draw comics.
ohh CTY. oh.
also, i listed the “Mint” mini-comic on Etsy, if y’all want one.
Besides the fact that one of my students sung “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the camp talent show and that we had a Medieval Carnival at which the GNOV instructor, Lynn, was carted away for having the Plague, we’ve got one week to go. One college level paper on Maus down, one zine project down, halfway through the second paper and just started the final graphic project: a twenty to thirty panel comic with a narrative structure and a well-developed central character, which demonstrates various techniques or principles from Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. Not for the weak of heart. Also I discovered that the Lafayette library lets CTY staff check stuff out (well, actually got my lazy ass around to going), so I got Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo and also the movie based on the comics, as well as David Boring by Daniel Clowes, Will Eisner’s Contract With God trilogy, and Logicomix by some dudes with Greek names. Although I am clearly more interested in Bertrand Russell’s lurid personal life than set theory, I have become a little obsessed with Ludwig Wittgenstein, although mostly because of Derek Jarman. Hey how about some picshurs, eh?
Some more mini-comics from my students:
The first two pages of “Eclipse” in which my student Alex imagines that I sneak her out of camp to go see the new Twilight movie. Which I think is fairly reasonable:
First two pages of another mini-comic I did:
“Selling” zines at the Carnival. [I’m not supposed to post pictures of students which is why there are no faces.]
Another zine-selling sign that hilariously has planet Earth saying “Hi, buy me!” which I think is actually a reference to buying zines, not actually buying the planet:
One of my students selling caricatures:
Almost time to pass out…today I wrote like three letters which I am putting in the mail with mini-zines. I have been a bad pen pal but I am trying to be better.
Hey friends, camp has started to pick up the pace and the long hours and craziness is starting to fall into a pattern that involves a lot of fun and time is actually moving.
I wish I could post pictures of the kids and hilarious things like my students dancing to Gramaphonedzie during study hall, but it’s against camp policy.
So, here are the first mini-comic zines that I have copied:
“Mint” is mine, “Aaron the Merboy” is by my student Alex, and “The Adventures of Weird Hair Man” is by my student Loren. There are 7 more that I don’t have copies of yet, but they are swell.
A page of “Aaron.”
A page of “Mint.”
A page of “Weird Hair Man.”
Alex’s awesome comic about SB 1070. Notice that the frame of the comic is shaped like the state in question. Today we looked at political cartoons and this is definitely one of the most politically conscientious pieces that came out of it.
One of my favorite comics, by Jonathan, about how the class is exhausting and hard and he can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.
A toon by my student Malik in which the Earth evaluates our behavior. A little too leniently in my opinion, but super cute. My favorite part is, “I gave you a…An E!!! For how much you epically fail at keeping me clean.”
This is shaping up to be a super-rewarding experience, even though I miss D.C. and Baltimore and my boo and my homiez. So far we’ve read Maus, Persepolis, American Born Chinese, and Understanding Comics, written one critical paper and finished several short comics assignments. Tomorrow we’re starting paper number two, and probably starting to read Mom’s Cancer.
I’ll be home soon…