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Norman Rockwell Museum – Day 4

THEME: Facing Your Problems

The fourth day in this weeklong series brought our characters to life in issues-based comics!


Despite clear cold ski weather, we had our largest crowd yet this week, with several family groups and multiple generations sitting side by side to create comics about specific issues and problems confronting the world, people, and our communities. 

Here’s an overview of our activities: DSCN2199.JPG

  1. Read through some of Marek’s issue-oriented comics (Mimi’s Doughnuts“Global Warming” and “Stray Kittens” storylines)
  2. Brainstorm problems confronting many people
  3. Trade ideas and suggestions about problems
  4. Create characters to explore chosen problems
  5. Create “Comics Jam”-style pages using our characters and chosen problems
  6. Review readability issues in comics
  7. Create “Problem-Action” page pairs
  8. Build a 32-page mini-comic featuring everyone’s comics from the afternoon!


The list of problems and challenges our high-energy comics addressed includes:

  • Litter and pollution
  • Steroid use in professional baseball
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Bullying
  • Water quality and supply
  • Poverty and wealth
  • Alcoholism
  • Global warming
  • Gas prices and energy consumption
  • Fear of the dark
  • Home foreclosures
  • Stray pets
  • Dishonesty
  • Medical costs

2 Comments on “Norman Rockwell Museum – Day 4”

  1. Denise says:

    YOU RAWK!!!! Look at all those happy artists!

  2. Marek says:

    Thanks, Denise! This was a really exciting workshop. What I didn’t mention in the post is that some families and artists are coming back for multiple days of workshops, and during the evenings they’re going home and drawing more comics! (On Friday, we might even have some individual projects to publish as complete mini-comics.)

    I’m doing the same thing in my hotel room here in Stockbridge — yesterday evening I listened to the democratic debate while I erased page after page of pencil lines…

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