July 1 to July 14, 2019
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 30.
Develop your story ideas into a publishable weekly comic as you learn to create compelling, multi-dimensional characters and draw faster and more expressively.
Undergraduate: ART 421, 3 units Graduate/post-baccalaureate: ART 621, 3 units
Fine art majors (drawing, painting, printmaking) as well as commercial art majors (animation, illustration, graphic design) will enjoy this master class in visual storytelling. English and communication studies majors with drawing skills will enjoy transforming their written narratives into graphic story sequences. Graduating high school seniors and post-college graduates are also invited to apply.
All applicants should have intermediate to advanced proficiency in drawing. Additional useful skills include rapid prototyping sketching, gestural sketching ability, experience in hands-on pen (or brush) and ink techniques, as well as digitally comparable work in graphic software packages such as Photoshop or Illustrator. A passion for character and story development is a plus.
Professor Mario Estioko 916-878-0226
Brian Crane is the Reuben Award-winning author of the comic strip, Pickles, which features an elderly couple and their daughter, grandson, and pets. Crane’s work is funny and uplifting, focused on strong characters who are “decent folk.” He draws some inspiration for his comics from his retired in-laws, who “bicker back and forth but are totally devoted to each other.”
Pickles was nationally syndicated in 1990 and today appears in about 1,000 newspapers around the world. Brian also received the National Cartoonists Society Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 2001.
Kim Dwinell Kim Dwinell is an illustrator, animator, and graphic novelist who teaches at California State University Long Beach. She is the author and illustrator of two graphic novels—Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point, and
Surfside Girls: The Mystery at the Old Rancho. Her books focus on best friends Sam and Jade who put together clues to save their town from unexpected threats. When she’s not working on any the above, she’s running or out in the ocean on her boat or surfboard, getting one more freckle. She lives on a tree-lined street in Long Beach, California, with her husband, son, and various pets.
Mario Estioko is a professor of graphic design at Sacramento State University. Estioko has created visual experiences for such companies as Intel, Sysco, Charles Schwab, General Mills, and Clorox Co. His humorous illustrations have appeared in
Boca Raton Magazine,
Salt Lake City Magazine,
Sactown Magazine, and
The Comic Press News. He currently creates a single-panel online cartoon entitled “Incompatibles.” In 2016, his cartoon work was collected and published in the anthology,
Incompatibles – The First 100 (Havenhurst Press).
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