Over the past two weeks I’ve been super busy with school residencies and evening comics events — that’s why I haven’t been posting much new material here. This week I’m getting back to work on some new Slovakia stories, with an eye to wrapping up the book as soon as possible!
Even though the daily posts may have slacked off a bit lately, good progress has continued on the Komiks front. I recently had the opportunity to read several of these Coffee+Dumpling+Komiks stories with students in a nearby school, and they gave me lots of great advice for revising and improving my work.
- 5th graders were drawing comics about ancient Greek myths, so we looked into the mythic & historical research that went into the LIVES OF THE SAINTS series.
- 4th grade classes were working on biographies of famous people, so we read some C+D+K biographies from LIVES OF THE SAINTS, as well as bio stories about Babka and Daniel. We also did a rappin’ style performance (!?) of the John Weeks musical bio comic.
One of my favorite features of the comics medium is the fact that even neophytes and very young (even pre-literate) readers can give useful advice to us old full-time artists (and even teach us a thing or two when they draw their stories!).