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Fun news! I’ll be teaching comics and cartooning in a series of workshops and classes at the >Hopkinton Center for the Arts in central Massachusetts, starting next Saturday, the 16th! Here’s a run-down (please sign up your favorite youngun’!)

Nov. 16, 2-5pm, Making Comics! For grades 4-8
Nov. 30, 2-5pm, Making Comics! For grades 9-12
The low-down: Comic books, manga, and comic strips are all about telling stories with words and pictures. Get a crash course in inventing fun characters, how comic panels work, and the tricks you can play with them. We’ll learn about how to spin an exciting tale and the basics of drawing people, monsters, heroes and villains with simple shapes and lines, and you’ll make a mini-comic of your own! (The older grades will get a similar program with a bit more sophistication on storytelling and character.)

Dec. 5 through Jan. 23, Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm, Cartooning & Comics, For grades 4-8
Come learn how to put the exciting ideas in your head on paper. We’ll start with how to draw fun cartoon characters and the worlds they live in using techniques like building figures up out of basic shapes, and making drawings that look 3D with foreshortening and simple perspective tricks. We’ll explore what makes a great character design by looking at how our favorite characters are made, and we’ll learn how to create mood and emotion with facial expressions and body language. At the close of the class, we’ll dip into telling stories with pictures by making comic strips and a mini-comic book.

I mentioned a couple blog posts ago that I’m teaching a series of workshops and classes at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (here in Boston’s metro west region) in November and December. The time for the eight-week Cartooning & Comics class is getting close, so I wanted to toss out a reminder that if you are, or have, a child between grades 4 and 8, please pop over to the Center website and sign up for the class. I’d love to see tons of shining faces there, ready to draw!

As a referesher, here’s the course description:
Dec. 5 through Jan. 23, Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm, Cartooning & Comics, For grades 4-8
Come learn how to put the exciting ideas in your head on paper. We’ll start with how to draw fun cartoon characters and the worlds they live in using techniques like building figures up out of basic shapes, and making drawings that look 3D with foreshortening and simple perspective tricks. We’ll explore what makes a great character design by looking at how our favorite characters are made, and we’ll learn how to create mood and emotion with facial expressions and body language. At the close of the class, we’ll dip into telling stories with pictures by making comic strips and a mini-comic book.

I just posted this over at my Kickstarter page for the Odori Park Omnibus:

This past Monday, I greeted a welcome sight: Seven big boxes stacked up outside my house! Boxes full of the Odori Park Omnibus! I’ve moved them safely inside, and in short order, I’ll begin the work of mailing (and in some cases sketching in and mailing) them out. Then there are prints to prep and other goodies to get together. Thanks for your patience–it’s been worth it!

I mentioned house up above, which is also significant. Some of you know that my family and I have been in the process of buying and moving into our first house! We’re in now, although not all of our stuff is yet (there’s a funny little story about the moving company, a sofa, and a fire sprinkler that I won’t get into here), so the process has been a bit dragged out. But, I have a new studio in the new house, outfitted with a new desk and art board waiting for me to do some work on ‘em. I think I know what the first orders of business will be!

Speaking of work, this morning I wrapped up a guest comic for my friend Adriana Blake, who’s eagerly awaiting her own milestone to arrive. In anticipation, she’s lining up a bunch of guest art and comics. My strip should appear in August. I’m more excited for her new arrival. :)

Last bit of news, just for fun: Starting next week, every Thursday evening for the rest of July, I’ll be teaching my Cartooning and Comics class for 4th-8th graders at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. This class was a blast when I taught it over the winter, and my understanding is there’s a huge crowd of kids for this session! If you have kids (or are one), and you live in the vicinity, it’s not too late to sign up :)

So much to do!

One more thing I need to tackle soon is getting the Omnibus up for sale here on the site! In the meantime, if you’re interested in a copy right away, of course I’ll take your money you can feel free to contact me directly (you can shoot an email through the Contact page) and we can sort out the details.

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