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Comic Connections is all about storytelling through drawing. From simple pencil doodles to the pages of any Marvel action thriller, comics are a form of communication that goes beyond language. Funny or serious, hilarious or heartbreaking, full of witty dialogue or completely wordless -- comics can be all this and more. In this course, we will explore different ways of making comics, create our own comics, and collaborate with each other to learn what makes a comic work.
Students will be encouraged to use different mediums, techniques and styles, and to let their creativity shine! Over the course of three sessions, students will develop and make their own comics, as well as collaborating and contributing to a "class comic": a free-form group project where students can show what they've learned.
Sarah Neff is an illustrator and artist in Seattle. She grew up in Northeast Ohio, where both of her parents worked for the local newspaper. As a result, Sarah read the comics pages every day, and this grew into a lifelong obsession with comics, drawing, and visual storytelling. Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2018, drove out West and has lived in Seattle ever since!
Her professional work involves illustrating children's books (and the occasional Shakespeare edition), editorial comics and freelance illustration for a variety of clients. In her spare time she makes webcomics, personal comics, graphic novels and all kinds of nerdy things. Dungeons & Dragons, video games, history and historical fiction have been an endless well of inspiration for her work. She's so excited to teach what she loves here at BARN!