Drawing Freeman Colby: Adventures of a New Hampshire School Teacher in the Civil War
Join award-winning cartoonist Marek Bennett as he reads from & discusses his new graphic novel, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, Vol. 3, detailing the day-to-day adventures of a New Hampshire schoolteacher in the Union Army!
Drawn entirely from actual diaries, letters, sketchbooks, & more, Marek’s “epic stick figure” comics project started as a single 8-page “mini-comic,” and has now grown into a crowd-funded series featuring stories told by a diverse cast of historical characters.
Marek will show you some basic techniques for drawing nonfiction comics, and answer your questions about historical cartooning & Civil War history.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES & OPTIONS:
Signed books for sale (plus mini-comics & other merchandise)
COMICS WORKSHOP = Hands-on classes demonstrating how to make your own comics, based on local history sources (or otherwise). [Select age levels or family groups / 1-3 hours / 1-3 days]
SETUP & FACILITIES:
I assume the host will supply the following equipment & facilities on the date of an in-person event:
Please contact Marek with any setup questions.
- digital projector
- screen / display surface
- Display paper & easel or other display surface
- Chairs for audience
- Table space (for merchandise display & signing)
“Drawing FREEMAN COLBY” Event Posters (3-page PDF) >> = Print + add event info + share.
Patrons of Marek’s PATREON can preview the complete VOL. 3 postings here >>
Sample Adventures from VOL.s 1-3:
March through war-torn Virginia with teacher-turned-soldier Freeman Colby;
Start a Freedmen’s School with Harriet Jacobs;
Visit hospital wards & tend the wounded with volunteer nurse Sarah Low & poet Walt Whitman;
Learn how Abraham Tuckson plans to free his family from slavery;
& much more…
Building characters & storylines from multiple primary sources…