This semester I’ll be teaching two classes in the Continuing Education department at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
I’ll be teaching my Ink Drawing class for the LAST TIME this semester–seven years seems like a good run, doesn’t it? (Don’t worry, none other than Jason Little will be taking it over next semester.)
I’m also very excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a comics class as well. It’s called Comics Narratives and if you have the SVA catalog you will find the teacher listed as Jim Higgins. Jim is moving to LA and I’m happily stepping in to take over as I’ve been eying getting back to teaching comics in CE for a while now. This will be a workshop class focusing on storytelling and narrative structure. We’ll do some short exercises in the first half of the class, then everyone will embark on a longer project. You can get a lot out of this whether you’re a beginner or a published author. CE is a great forum to get feedback on your work, from your teacher but, just as importantly, from your classmates, who are always a diverse and interesting bunch.
Both classes run in the evenings for 12 weeks and are open to the general public; Ink Drawing starts Tuesday, Sept. 18 and Comics Narratives Wednesday, September 19.
For more information click on the class links above or go to SVA’s Continuing Education website.
I just purchased a copy of 99 Ways to Tell a Story and opened it to discover a little portrait of you with the caption “Secret Drawing #4 (and Last)”. Can you enlighten me? Is this a super-secret book? Is it just a used copy? Did somebody graffitio it? Do I win a prize? I am mystified and delighted!
Matt Madden says
Hmm, I don’t remember when or where I did this (where did you buy the book?) but I do distinctly remember signing a stack of books and, realizing I didn’t have the energy to sketch in all of them, deciding to draw four “secret sketches” in random copies. So no, it’s not a used copy with a drawing for the person who sold it, it’s an original drawing just for you.
Thanks for letting me know about it.
Sweeeeeeeet. I figured as much, but I bought it off Amazon, so you never know. And it was sent BY Amazon, not another seller. Odd. I feel like I’ve won the golden ticket – do I get a chocolate factory?
I bought last week the French version of your book published by “l’Association” (I am French living in Germany) and I must say that I’m absolutely wondered by your job!
I made this discovery certainly a bit late – shame on me, I didn’t know you before – but I don’t regret!
These exercises are like precious jewellery and I think that I’ll often reread them and try to inspire me to learn a lot. This book is for me now a model or rather; a very complete and bright lesson of what is the comic strip. Then for all this, simply: thank you!
(Sorry for my so pitiable English, but you know how French people with foreign languages are…)
jazmin velasco says
Hey you, mi amigo abandonado,
si quieres visitarme alguna vez:
Te reiras por mis faltas en ingles, pero precisamente la idea es practicar.
Matt Madden says
Helga, thanks for the kind words.
Jazmin: ¡por fin, noticias de mi tapatía preferida! Glad to see you’re blogging–more sketches please.
[among other things, Jazmin was among the earliest guest collaborators on Exercises in Style. Click through the links at right to see her contribution]