Comic Artists Forum Follow-up: Photoshop Lab with Jerzy Drozd

Sunday, October 16 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Downtown – 3rd Floor Training Lab | Grades 6-Adults

Clean up and finish your comics art using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Cartoonist and Photoshop expert Jerzy Drozd will be on hand to provide instruction for those who need it. For experienced users of Photoshop, just bring your scanned work on a USB drive or scan it here, then get to work.

Matt Feazell: Comics to Screenplay

Hamtramck Cartoonist Matt Feazell will be at the Downtown Library on Friday, September 30 from 7:00-8:30 pm to talk about how he turned his comic strip into a movie. Join us for a chance to speak to the artist AND a sneak peek of clips from the movie: The Amazing Cynicalman. Feazell has been creating comics since the Carter administration. He was a regular contributor to Disney Adventures magazine (before the magazine was discontinued in 2007) and appears as a character in Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics.

Comics’ writer Dan Mishkin to present at Comic Artists Forum

Sunday, October 2 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Downtown Multipurpose Room | Grades 6-Adult

Guest artist Dan Mishkin will talk about what a comic book writer does, and how it's important to think visually and to understand how comics work -- valuable information for writers, but also for artists. From 1982 to 1985 Dan was member of the writing team for Wonder Woman. More recently Dan is the co-creator of the comic book series "Amethyst", "Blue Devil", "Creeps" and "Spellgame", and author of the children's illustrated novel "The Forest King."

Join the Forum to get fresh ideas for your next comics or graphic novel creation. Drawing supplies will be provided, so drop in for drawing, learning, and sharing.

Cartoonist Jay Fosgitt kicks off Comics Artists Forum

Sunday, September 11 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Downtown Multipurpose Room | Grades 6-Adult

On September 11 Comic Artists Forum welcomes artist Jay P. Fosgitt the creator the graphic novel "Dead Duck". Check out Jay’s projects to learn more about his "Little Green Men", "Bodie Troll", coming in 2012, and other creations. Jay will share a slide show covering the evolution of his career and do some live sketching, drawing some of his characters and even drawing caricatures of some audience members.

Come to the Comic Artist Forum to learn how other comic artists get their start and get fresh ideas for your next comics or graphic novel creation. Drawing supplies will be provided, so drop in for drawing, learning, and sharing. This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Comics Digital Coloring 101 for Grade 9-Adult

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to clean up your art, fill in line work with colors and half tones, create cool lettering, prep the finished page for printing, and more. Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd will be your instructor. Art will be provided for you to work with or we can scan your art for you to work on.

Choose from one of the time slots below. Both are identical programs. Registration is required. Register at any AADL location, online at aadl.org, or call 327-8301.

Wednesday August 17 -- (3:00-5:00 PM) OR (6:00-8:00 PM) -- Downtown Library -- 3rd Floor Training Center

Comics Digital Coloring 101 for Teens (Grades 6-12)

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to clean up your art, fill in line work with colors and half tones, create cool lettering, prep the finished page for printing, and more. Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd will be your instructor. Art will be provided for you to work with or we can scan your art for you to work on.

Choose from one of the time slots below. Both are identical programs. Registration is required. Register at any AADL location, online at aadl.org or call 327-8301.

Tuesday August 16 -- (1:00-3:00 PM) OR (4:00-6:00 PM) -- Downtown Library -- 3rd Floor Training Center

Author Birthdays: Potter, Ashbery, Davis

July 28th marks the birthday of authors Beatrix Potter, John Ashbery, and Jim Davis.

Beatrix Potter was an English author known for her children's books, most notably The Tale of Peter Rabbit. There are actually over 20 tales of Peter Rabbit and his fellows, like Mrs. Tittlemouse and Mr. Tod.

Potter's other works include The Fairy Caravan, about a guinea pig who runs away from home to join the circus, and the sort-of-autobiography Letters to Children From Beatrix Potter, edited by Judy Taylor.

John Ashbery is an American poet. According to the Academy of American Poets, he has won nearly every major American award for poetry, and has quite a few other awards as well.

Ashbery's collections include the Griffin Poetry Prize winner Notes From the Air, and the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle and National Book Award winning Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.

Jim Davis is an American cartoonist. You've probably at least heard of his most famous strip, Garfield. In addition to the actual strip, he also helped to write and produce the many TV shows, specials, and CGI movies starring the lazy cat.

While his main cartoon is Garfield, Davis also wrote U.S. Acres, also called Orson's Farm, which you still might recognize if you have ever watched the animated series Garfield And Friends.

If you're looking for Summer Game points, try taking a look at some of those titles!

Get Real: Realistic Figure Drawing for Comic Artists

Saturday, July 30 | 2:00-4:30 PM | Malletts Creek | Grade 6-Adult

Cartoonist Chad Sell creator of Manta Man Comics helps you bring your comic characters to life with detailed instruction in muscular and skeletal anatomy, dynamic poses, and facial expression. Students of all skill levels are welcome! Drawing materials will be provided.

Hyboria's Next Top Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian is turning 80 this year. He was born in the early ‘30s to Robert E. Howard, a writer for Weird Tales, and immediately became a hero to legions of fans. The beefy barbarian has spent eight decades adventuring throughout the ancient world of Hyboria, battling sorcerers, evil warlords, monsters, and more than a few femme fatales. Read about his adventures in the original series of novels, and continue the journey with the ongoing graphic novel series.
Conan is celebrating his octogenarianism by returning to the silver screen this August in Conan the Barbarian. Portrayed by Jason Momoa, (most recently of Game of Thrones fame) our favorite Cimmerian will continue doing what he does best, busting heads and going primordial on his enemies.

Create & Draw Anthropomorphic Characters with Jannie Ho

Saturday, July 16 | 1:00-2:30 PM | Downtown Multipurpose Room | Grade 6-Adult

Learn the basic techniques for creating unique characters – from anthropomorphic animals to inanimate objects brought to life – with Jannie Ho, children’s illustrator and cartoonist. Drawing materials are provided.

To get a taste of the possibilities when using anthropomorphic characters read Jannie’s If You Lived Here which has toured the country as part of the 2011 Sketchbook Project. It provides a window into Ann Arbor through a newcomer’s eyes and shows that you can create wonderful stories using animals in place of human characters.

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