recent courses and workshops

Workshops

The Rubin Museum
Teen workshop co-taught with Matt Madden, three sessions, spring 2012.
The Brooklyn Public Library
Led a four-session book club on graphic novels, Fall 2011.
Split Rock Artists Program
One-week intensive course for college credit at the University of Minnesota. July 2011
The Miami Wolfsonian Museum
Two-week comics workshop for teens in the Wolfsonian’s brand-new media lab. June 2010.
Walter Gropius Master Artist Series
Three-day workshop and had a solo show at the Huntington Museum of Art. February 2010.
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Three-day workshop on creating comics. June 2008.
Ox-Bow Summer School of Art
(a program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Two-week intensive college-level course in comics. June 2005, June 2006.
CSU Summer Arts at Fresno
College-level one-week course in comics at California State University’s intensive summer arts program. July 2005.
Centro Fumetto Andrea Pazienza, Cremona, Italy
Workshop, May 14, 2004
Syracuse University
Visiting artist, workshop, February 21, 2004
Writers Project at Adirondack Community College
Reading, workshop, November 6, 2003

Courses

École européenne supérieure de l’image
Researched non-fiction comics
Masters-level course on researching, writing and executing non-fiction comics.
Fall/Winter 2012-2013

The School of Visual Arts
Storytelling: Foundations of Comics Narrative
A required course for cartooning majors. The course is a year-long exploration of basic sequential art concepts: page design, information flow, and other formal aspects of the medium; three-act structure, character development, and character design. Materials and techniques both of drawing and reproducing work are addressed, as well as creating and self-publishing books. Students concentrate the first semester almost exclusively on creating stories without worrying about surface finish. The second semester, the class looks more intensively at penciling and inking techniques while simultaneously deepening their engagement with the form. The year concludes with a final project in which students complete their own minicomics in a format they design.
September 2001 – present

Cartooning Hothouse
Mixed-level intensive cartooning studio.
Summer course, 2004 – present

Pictorial Problems
Required junior-level cartooning seminar for cartooing majors.
Full-year course. Starting in 2005.

Principles of Cartooning
Sophomore-level required course for cartooning majors.
2003-2004

Pre-college Cartooning
Fall 2002

The New School University
Making Comics
Summer continuing education course, 2003.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Comics and Graphic Narrative
Course covered theory and mechanics of sequential art, history of the medium, self-publishing, as well as materials and techniques. Students produced final works of four to eight pages in length and self-published an anthology of these pieces, which they then submitted for review to several leading critical sequential art magazines. January 1998.