|The only thing in the whole world that has the power to distract cartoonists from pizza + homemade creampuffs.|
Last weekend saw the official release party for the Cartoon & Comic Art class' group publication (and two supplemental volumes by independent students), fittingly enough hosted by The Comic Shop in Fairbanks. This was the seventh annual course offering through UAF Summer Sessions at both the Beginning and Advanced levels, and it was an outstanding success. Throughout the six-week session the class met for three hours a night (6-9pm) Monday through Thursday, and we had a diverse range of interests and skill sets enrolled along with a good balance of gender and age.
Also on display in the art department showcases were hundreds of examples of the in-class exercises and work-in-progress by the Advanced students: this veritable avalanche of output was evidence alone of the impressive passion that these people devoted to their craft. I am always humbled and inspired by these classes and the amazing students, and hope to continue to see everybody's work in the future ...whether it be on-line, in a gallery or in a print publication (or better yet, all three).
|Output: Not even a third of the student work wallpapering the department halls.|
Join me below the fold to check out some excerpted samples from their final pages + a few of the collaborative pages, and the best of the strips and gags that were printed in the comic book. Tomorrow's post will be a special soptlight on the visiting artists who came to do show & tells for this class: See you all in the funny pages!
|Artwork: Kjol Johnson and Taylor Cole|
|Artwork: Pavat Komkai, Chaweinta Hale and Ian Holladay|
|Artwork: Aaron Andrews, Christopher Johnston and Ava Williams|
|Artwork: Chaweinta Hale and Ava Williams|
|Artwork: Pavat Komkai and Aaron Andrews|
|Artwork: Taylor Cole, Christopher Johnston, Ian Holladay|
|Artwork: Kjol Johnson, Aaron Andrews, Ian Holladay|
|Artwork: Brittney Tabone, Ava Williams and Christopher Johnston|
|Artwork: Brittney Tabone and Trisha Widmeyer|