Here’re a few pictures from a recent workshop I conducted at the Watauga Public Library in Boon, NC. For this particular workshop, I had the participants do a one page comic version of the Aesop’s Fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” This project is an old standby that’s been used by lots of comics teachers over the years. The best-known example of it is probably Joe Lambert’s “Turtle Keep it Steady,” a musical telling of the Tortoise and the Hare story that came out of a Center for Cartoon Studies assignment. It wound up being included in a Best American Comics volume and was eventually included in I Will Bite You, a collection of the artist’s short comics work.
I take a slightly indirect approach to the Tortoise and Hare assignment, though. I begin with a general talk on comics-making and then go through some nuts-and-bolts basics of character design. Once the character design material has concluded I have them design two characters:
These characters are, of course, setups for the the eventual “Tortoise and Hare” story, which I only reveal once everyone has designed a Tortoise stand-in and Hare stand-in character from the initial exercise.
Anyway, here’re some pictures from the event, including some great Dr. Who and Saga cosplay:
Also: the event was coordinated by Craig Fischer, who’s in the middle of curating an exhibit of original art from CCS students and faculty. He had a few originals with him that he displayed at the event. Here’re pages by Joe Lambert, Stephen Bissette, and Colleen Frakes: