BEFORE: Make a blank mini >>
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Cartoonist & teacher Marek Bennett has drawn all over the world (& his own backyard), making mini-comics & graphic novels… Now Marek will show you how to create your own comics to share with friends & family, near & far.
We’ll use a basic “1-sheet” mini-comic format to make comics based on our favorite books, family stories, local history — or anything else you can imagine!
Where will your “Storywalk” adventure take us…?
HOW TO REGISTER:
These virtual workshops are all listed on Marek’s COMICS CALENDAR. You can contact the host library directly to register for the Zoom link & other info.
Some libraries may also have kits & printables for you to pick up if you’re in the area. Ask your host librarian!
Storywalk 2021 is made possible by the NH State Council on the Arts.
TOOLS & ART SUPPLIES:
We’ll create our comics with the most basic of art supplies — A pencil, paper, & black inking pen, to start. See Marek’s TOOLS & MATERIALS page for more info.
I call these tools my “Must-Haves” but really what you use is up to you!
NOTE: If you plan to make an 8-page booklet with us, you will also want to have a pair of scissors handy.
You might want to bring any of the following items to our session:
- A favorite book you might like to draw as a comic
- A favorite family story (“true” and/or “embellished”)
- A photo or memory of a place or person that is important to you
- A friend or family member (It’s always more fun to draw with somebody else!)
Here are some links to help you get warmed up, creatively!
“BEFORE Your Comics Workshop” = Comics & videos from some of Marek’s past projects.
PRACTICE MAKING A BLANK BOOK:
Here’s how to set up a blank 8-page “1-SHEET” MINI-COMIC:
DRAWING A MINI-COMIC:
Here’s what it looks like when Marek’s drawing an 8-page mini-comic:
Some host libraries may supply printables & art supplies in a kit for local pick-up… Ask your librarian about it.
These instructions work best for already-drawn (printed) booklets. The key is keeping your eye on that cover (p.1)!
PRINT YOUR OWN:
Here are a couple of Marek’s minis you can print at home. Try folding them into books with the above instructions:
Try this basic 1-sided booklet to practice folding a printed 1-sheet. Drawn over Zoom, w/ reader feedback!
This advanced 1-sheet prints 2-sided; It makes an 8-page booklet that unfolds to reveal a HOW TO page! From the Lead-Free LoonToons project.
Other printable mini-comics in library kits may include:
FOR HOST LIBRARIES:
More printable PDFs >>
Posters & Graphics:
B&W square image tile for online use.
RGB square image tile for online use.
RGB square image tile (w/ faded edges) for online use.