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Visual Storytelling, Comics, and Self taught by Xiomar Luna

September 23 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Multi-Session Class

Meets 3 Saturdays September 23,30 and October 7 from 2-4pm CT


   Comics and cartoons are an artistic tradition that, in some form or another, have always been with us. Certainly, these are useful tools for sharing our own unique perspective and experiences with others. This class allows you to consider yourself the main character for a moment. How do you want to depict yourself? What stories have you lived, and who do you want to tell them to? Maybe it’s something deeply important to the issues of our time…or maybe you just want to tell your friends about a funny thing that happened on your way home from work! By the end of this 3 week class, you will have completed a short comic about an interesting moment in your own life. 

What you’ll learn:

       -A (very) brief history of comics

       – Making Comics 101 (panel flow, image/page composition, word balloon usage/placement)

       – Techniques for depicting passage of time through several “still” drawings

       – Techniques and guidance on depicting the self in drawing

We will be focusing on using simple drawing tools (pen, paper, etc.).

No experience necessary!

The example pages above L-R are “Forgiveness” from ‘King Cat #58’ by John Porcellino, Autobio comic by Xiomar Luna, and ‘Persepolis’ by Marjane Satrapi.

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Xiomar Luna (They/He) is a cartoonist and zine maker who occasionally experiments with print-making, painting, and jewelry making. Originally from South Bend, Indiana, they graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2012 with their BFA in Comic Art. Xiomar is an Aquarius who calls Minneapolis home, and whose work primarily focuses on trans/ queer identity, romance, memory, and the otherworldly. Their hair has probably been every color at this point, and they enjoy singing, even though they’re not very good at it anymore.