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About: Programs

SUMMER 2014:

Sci-Fi Summer Comics Workshop for Libraries! >>

Comics in World History & Cultures

MANGA Comics Power!

HSR Comics Exchange

Weeks Act Comics

1-Day Programs


  • Marek and audience members read aloud from projected comics.
  • Group explores specific comics topics/techniques through anecdotes, readings, and audience observations and feedback.
  • Includes Q&A, professional techniques, specific curricular topics, &c. as desired


  • As above, with specific focus on topics, collections, styles, or locations as desired.


  • Family Comics: Working in multi-generational family groups (2-4 participants, children w/ parents or grandparents)
  • Local History:  Group creates original comics using texts & materials from local historical organizations.
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Multi-Day Residencies


  • Participants draw and share, learning from each other and from brief student-centered responsive demonstrations by Marek.
  • Projects can take specific curricular focus (e.g., local history, science of conservation, language arts topics, &c.)
  • Assessment & documentation assistance available (via unit design, rubrics, video production & online documentation, &c.)
  • We emphasize creative production as a way to explore, reflect upon, and synthesize specific topics.
  • To study the work of various artists & recognize key concepts in context, we project art samples on the wall and “perform” them together in dramatic readings (a.k.a. Comics Theatre).

Ideally, workshop programs include:

  • 3-5 sessions with each group (1-2 classes, 12-40 students each)
  • 1-3+ days between each session, so students have some time (in class or at home) to develop their projects independently
  • 1+ whole-group assemblies (by grade levels, as appropriate) to introduce concepts, establish common expectations, & outline topics for our classroom work.

… but of course, we can be flexible to suit your organization’s needs!


  • Culminating “Publishing Party”

    …where artists collaborate to fold+staple+cut enough copies of their original mini-comics to share with the entire group.
  • ** Culminating “COMICS CONVENTION” ** 
    = Artists present their work at a dedicated event (30-45 minutes) where fellow students (and/or teachers, families, friends, community members, etc.) can obtain free autographed copies of the mini-comics produced during the workshop.
  • Public display space

    (bulletin board, wall space, etc.) where students can share their pages

Facilities/Materials Suggested:


  • digital projector
  • extension cords / power strips
  • blank projection surface (wall, screen, whiteboard, etc.)
  • display paper + easel


  • digital projector + cart (for easy transport between classrooms)
  • blank copier paper
  • basic comics tools (either for the school, or for individual artists to take home after the workshop)