Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Comics Workshop & Cartooning Club June 17

That's right- it's a double dose of comics creativity on June 17. Beginning at 4:30, cartoonist and comics creator Dave McDonald will host a two-hour workshop all about creating your own comic. Dave will guide kids through the steps of fleshing out a character and a setting, to coming up with a short story or gag, and then placing the art and finishing the page. Dave's workshop comes with bristol boards similar to the ones used by professional illustrators for the kids to put their masterpieces on. He also includes the pencils and markers- all the kids need to do is show up! The program is designed for kids between the ages of 10 and 12 years. Space for the program is limited to a total of 30 kids, and so far 20 have signed up. If you are interested, call the Union West Library at 704-821-7475 ext 4 and reserve your spot, or drop by and sign up at the children's desk. The cost of this program has been generously covered by the Union West Rotary and so I'd like to offer a big thank you to each of them!
If you are younger than 10 or older than 12, the Cartooning Club will continue with its regular monthly meeting at 5:30. We'll look at how to draw heroes and characters based on different time periods and we'll get a last preview at the great swag that has come in for The Return of Mini-Con! The Cartooning Club will meet in the main area of the children's department.
Also I should mention two more things- 1) if you can't go to Dave's workshop in person, you can buy the DVD kit from him at his website (look at the links on the left!). 2) Friday, June 18, comic artist and conceptualizer Al Bigley will do a show-and-tell styled talk at the Monroe Library. Al will have a variety of his art to show off, talk about how his art is used for more things besides comics, and answer questions and maybe show a little of how he goes about drawing up his incredible pictures! Mark your calendars for these events, folks! They are a great lead-in to our mini-con.

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