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Saturday, September 9th

Make A Comic NOW With Jason Little

09/09/2023 | 11:00am – 12:00pm | Glen Echo Room

You’ve never made a comic before? Today you will. In this beginners’ class, Jason Little—Comics Coordinator at the School of Visual Arts—will help you let go of inhibiting obstacles to creativity so you can let the panels flow. Bring any old kind of pen, and we’ll supply the rest. Also fun for jaded professional cartoonists.

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Panelists: Jason Little

Drawing Cuteness With Shauna J. Grant

09/09/2023 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Glen Echo Room

What is the magic behind cuteness? Here we’ll be learning with Shauna J. Grant what makes things look cute and drawing our own bundle of cuteness!

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Panelists: Shauna J. Grant

Three Killer Panels: How To Keep Your Web Audience With Eleri Mai Harris

09/09/2023 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Glen Echo Room

The internet is a fickle beast. If you haven’t caught your readers’ attention by the third panel of your comic, you’ll probably lose them! This workshop with Eleri Mai Harris (The Nib) will teach you how to craft killer intros for longer digital comics, to maximize reader eyeballs and build bigger audiences. You have three panels. Go!

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Panelists: Eleri Mai Harris

Figure Drawing For Cartoonists With Danielle Corsetto And Babs New(d)

09/09/2023 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Glen Echo Room

Learn how to apply figure drawing to make more confident, believable, and dynamic comics characters! This will be a live figure-drawing workshop, so be prepared to draw! 18+ and please be respectful; we will have a live nude model. Hosted by cartoonist/lecturer Danielle Corsetto, and cartoonist/model Babs New(d).

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Panelists: Danielle Corsetto, Babs New(d)

Puppet School Homework With Keren Katz

09/09/2023 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm | Glen Echo Room

We will develop short 60 second performances, karaoke numbers, interviews or just plain old crossing of the stage as household objects. After a brief introduction of my own puppet shenanigans, we will work on our chosen characters during the first half of the workshop, creating impromptu puppets and costumes, and then, a selection of brave volunteers will take take the stage in turns to practice their body language, delivery, and the articulation of their selected point of view to a cheering and supporting audience of fellow household objects.

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Panelists: Keren Katz

Crowdfundr Presents: Crowdfunding From Eh? To Zed

09/09/2023 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | Glen Echo Room

To learn how to get the most out of crowdfunding, join David Barach, president of Crowdfundr (based in Canada – in case you couldn’t tell from the title) for a nuts and bolts, best practices workshop that will set you on the path toward a sustainable revenue stream for your comics.

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Panelists: David Barach

Giving Wonder To The Mundane With Ashley Jablonski

09/09/2023 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Glen Echo Room

Seemingly everyday things can inspire us every single day. You can draw inspiration and wonder from the mundane. Ashley Jablonski will be working with you on prompts and exercises to spark that wonder and make a comic from it. Color, texture, emanata, and text can help show that wonder.

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Panelists: Ashley Jablonski

Physical Self-Care For Artists And Writers With Kriota Wilberg

09/09/2023 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm | Glen Echo Room

Living a creative and productive life centered around a sketchbook, digital device, desk, or small-scale work area can be liberating for your mind, but hard on your body. Hours of daily writing and drawing can lead to repetitive stress injuries, eye strain, stress, and all sorts of pain. This workshop explores the relationships between your creative environment, tools, hand/wrist alignment, and posture when working with traditional or digital equipment. Learn some ergonomics hacks and how to prevent eye strain. Explore ways to make drawing and writing postures easier on your body. Practice some self-care techniques that will loosen tight muscles and reduce stress.

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Panelists: Kriota Wilberg

Sunday, September 10th

Paws And Puns: An Animal Comics Workshop With Coco Fox And Annabel Driussi

09/10/2023 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Glen Echo Room

Calling all animal lovers! In the all-ages Paws and Puns comics workshop, you will learn how to draw comics about your pets or favorite animal species! Coco Fox and Annabel Driussi will lead you through fun joke generating activities and guide you to make a finished 2 panel comic about your purrrrfect animal friends.

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Panelists: Coco Fox, Annabel Driussi

Resiliency Narratives With Natalie Norris

09/10/2023 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Glen Echo Room

In this workshop we gather to learn techniques for approaching memoir stories that we find difficult to tell but feel compelled to share. We’ll focus on the resiliency that grows out of personal stories about adversity, illness, and survival and how you can harness your strength to face these kinds of memoirs. This workshop will include discussion and a drawing activity. All skill levels are welcome, drawing materials will be provided.

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Panelists: Natalie Norris

Special Guests: Natalie Norris

Drawing Anatomy In Action With Kriota Wilberg And Babs New(d)

09/10/2023 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Glen Echo Room

No matter what we are doing, the shapes of our bodies are determined by the positions of our bones, the contraction and stretch of our muscles, and the contours of our tissues and skin covering the anatomy underneath. This workshop explores drawing the body based on the anatomy of movement. Cartoonist/anatomist Kriota Willberg will—literally—draw on cartoonist/live model Babs New(d), tracing muscles and bones for participants to draw in any style they choose. Drawing supplies will be provided. All levels welcome! 18+ and please be respectful; we will have a live nude model.

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Panelists: Kriota Wilberg, Babs New(d)

Crowdfundr Presents: How To Build An Audience In The New Social Media Environment

09/10/2023 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm | Glen Echo Room

Join David Barach, president of Crowdfundr, for a deep dive into how comics creators can become less dependent on platforms that are subject to the whims of algorithms and despots and instead build a lasting audience by using platforms that are geared toward direct engagement and community building.

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Panelists: David Barach

Master Comic Workshop: Splash Pages And Panels With Josh Bayer

09/10/2023 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | Glen Echo Room

Cartoonist and educator Josh Bayer takes us into the weeds for a discussion on some techniques for dealing with the most prevalent issues in making a panel work; the small details, We look at how to best play with space, explore a composition, and place a figure into a convincing reality by engaging with inspirations from the past. We work from the corners and towards the center in this effort to explore new ways to make a world within the page. Materials will be provided, but attendees are also encouraged to bring their sketchbooks and preferred tools.

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Panelists: Josh Bayer

Comics About Pets! With Anna Sellheim

09/10/2023 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Glen Echo Room

Working with cartoonist and educator Anna Sellheim, participants will be introduced to the concept of “shape language” and will use this knowledge to create an abstract character design to capture their pet’s personality. Participants will then draw a one-page comic about their pet! All ages.

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Panelists: Anna Sellheim

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