2020 SUMMER READING PROGRAM (Aligns with CSLP 2020 themes)
To register for “IMAGINE” events: Contact HOST LIBRARIES via their COMICS CALENDAR LISTING.
PROGRAM FORMAT: See VIRTUAL COMICS WORKSHOPS for details…
FOR GRADES: 2-12
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
NH State Library’s KIDS, BOOKS, & THE ARTS
Join NH graphic novelist Marek Bennett’s COMICS WORKSHOP on a quest to create original comics that ONLY YOU can draw…
Using blank paper, pencils, ink, and four basic “storytelling elements,” we’ll find out what happens when lines, dots, and blobs turn into mysterious characters and magical worlds with surprising powers and secrets. We’ll also look at how artists and authors use peer feedback to improve their work and get it out to new readers, and ways to self-publish our work as photocopied hand-made “mini-comics.” Marek shares his own tips and tricks from 25 years of creating graphic novels, from his early days drawing daily strips in a college newspaper, to his current “Freeman Colby” Civil War adventure series & his all-new graphic travel memoir, Sharjah Sketchbook.
This program is based around active group drawing time, with participants each creating 1+ pages of original comics under Marek’s guidance. Events may also include the creation of an online gallery of student artwork and/or printable materials featuring student-designed characters!
Marek’s popular interactive COMICS WORKSHOPS build literacy skills, hone powers of imagination, model complex project organization and self-publishing techniques, and help artists of all ages collaborate, appreciate, and support the work of their peers. Participants go home with the skills necessary to continue creating comics independently all summer long.
No experience required – everyone can draw comics! www.MarekBennett.com
PREP for your COMICS WORKSHOP:
Notes on tools (& ordering links) + preview videos & more…
FYI — More notes, links, & sample formats…
POSTERS & PROMO GRAPHICS:
Click on each image to view the full-size file. Remember to add in your event info, or ask Marek for an event-specific version…
Online Color Banners:
(Square, for use on your site or Instagram…)
“Space Rabbit” SQUARE:
B&W Printable Coloring Pages:
Ready to print @ 8.5″x11″… // Invite your families to color their own posters!
A note from Marek (to include in pre-event email to program participants):
Hi there! I’m looking forward to drawing with you at [HOST LIBRARY]‘s online event on [DATE]. Here’s my “BEFORE” prep page: www.marekbennett.com/before …where you’ll find some notes on tools, plus some preview videos & other fun stuff. Be sure to have at least a pencil & some paper handy (plus a computer w/ webcam & internet access)… Draw with you soon! ~ Marek
Other media to include (click to view full size & download):
Marek’s COMICS WORKSHOP TOOLS page*:
Marek’s MUST-HAVE Tools* graphic:
Marek’s NICE-TO-HAVE Tools* graphic:
*(Specify: We need only the MUST-HAVEs for this event!)
Any of my HOW TO Videos…
(Event-specific video to come…)