The Sequential Art Department is pleased to announce the 20th annual Comics Art Forum (CAF), Thursday, Feb. 11th – Saturday, Feb. 13th, 2015.
Comics Art Forum has been a proud part of the history of the sequential art department for over two decades. The CAF allows guests to discuss sequential art practices from many differing points-of-view, and provides students with an opportunity to work with, and learn from, a variety of top industry professionals.
Comics Art Forum XX
Class Visits (classes TBA), Wednesday, Feb. 11th, Haymans Hall
Panel Discussion, Thursday, Feb. 12th, 5-6:30pm, SCAD Museum Theater
Workshops, Friday, Feb. 13th, 9am-5pm, Scad Student Center, 2nd Floor
- 9-10am Ben Caldwell
- 10:15-11:15am Kyle Webster
- 11:30-12:30am Andy Ristiano
- 1:30pm-2:30pm Farel Dalrymple
- 2:45-3:45pm Gabriel Hardman
- 4-5pm Clio Chiang Pitt
Title: Domino Dancing
Description: In today’s creative economy, an artist must wear many hats and become a confident entrepreneur to sustain a career. Experimentation, action, and promotion are key. As the saying goes, “One thing leads to another.” Can we exercise enough control over this unstoppable domino effect to produce more good outcomes than bad? How many dominoes can we set up carefully before we feel confident enough to start the chain reaction? What role does luck play in this story? Illustrator and designer, Kyle T. Webster will shed some light on the importance of the Domino Effect in the life of a creative entrepreneur through stories from his own professional and personal experiences, as well as discuss his own successes and failures in attempting to control this phenomenon.
Title: Comparing and Contrasting the Visual Storytelling Tools of Film and Comics
Description: Gabriel Hardman will discuss what he’s learned as a visual storyteller in both films and comics — where those lessons overlap and where they don’t.
Title: Finish your Comic Book Page
Description: Farel will share slides of various comic projects he’s worked on and will describe his process. He will demonstrate his approaches to storytelling, penciling, inking, and how he uses computer coloring.
As an added bonus he will bring a lot of original art, and some pages that he is in the process of completing.
Title: Storyboarding for Film: Demo of Script to Screen
Description: Clio will demonstrate how she uses a film’s script to develop characters and storyboards. Her presentation will be replete with examples from the various projects she has worked on.
Title: Character Design for Animation
Description: Andy will discuss how he develops character designs for various shows on the Cartoon Network. He will also discuss the CN’s workflow when a new show is created.
Title: World Building
Description: Most students are familiar with creating characters, but Ben will describe how he creates worlds from his imagination when he develops a story. In addition to characters, he has to create unique buildings, props, and vehicles to ensure that these imagined worlds will be visually cohesive.
Portfolio Reviews (open), Friday, Feb. 13th, 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm Haymans Hall
10am-12pm Farel Dalrymple (109)
Gabriel Hardman (115)
Clio Chiang PItt (118)
2-4pm Andy Ristiano (109)
Kyle Webster (115)
Ben Caldwell (118)
Clio Chiang Pitt
Comic Art Forum 2015 Artists
An American Cartoonist and penciller, he recently completed his fully painted comic book titled “The Wrenchies”.
Farel has worked on several anthologies, as well as works for Dark Horse Comics, Top Shelf, AdHouse Books, First Second, Image Comics, DC , and Marvel.
His creator owned comic book, Pop Gun War was a Xeric Grant recipient and won a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators.
Farel also draws an Eisner nominated webcomic titled “IT WILL ALL HURT.”
American Freelance comic artist and writer, Ben is most widely known for his ‘how to’ books “Action!” and “Fantasy!”, as well as his Dare Detectives comic, nominated for the Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer in Cartooning in 2005.
Ben has worked for DC, Dark Horse Comics, Marvel, Sterling Comics, and wrote and drew an oversized Wonder Woman story, for DC Comics’ Harvey Award-winning Wednesday Comics series.
3. Gabriel Hardman
Comics artist and illustrator, Gabriel writes and draws the acclaimed series KINSKI and has worked for companies such as Boom Studios, Image/Shadowline, and wrote an 18 issue run on STAR WARS: LEGACY for Dark Horse Comics.
He is an accomplished motion picture illustrator whose credits include Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, Spider-Man 3, X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns, Tropic Thunder, The X Files and Inception.
Illustrator for the New Yorker, Time, BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, , NY Times, LA Times, and most other major publications.
Kyle is also the creator of the world’s best-selling Photoshop Brushes for Professional Artists. Awards include publications such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, HOW, Print, Graphis, 3×3, AIGA
5. Andy Ristaino
Storyboard artist and formerly the lead designer and a character designer on Adventure Time.
His work also includes comics like “Escape from Dullsville” and “The Babysitter” for SLG Comics, as well as numberous anthologies like Popgun vol. 4, Meathaüs S.O.S., and Nickelodeon magazine.
Ristaino’s work on Adventure Time gained him an Emmy Award win for his character designs for the fifth season episode “Puhoy”.
6. Clio Chiang
Story artist and freelance illustrator from Vancouver, BC. She has contributed to films like Winnie-the-Pooh, Paperman, Frozen, and Feast.
Clio has worked for clients such as Walt Disney, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Mattel, Leapfrog, Marvel, Radical Entretainment, Atomic Cartoons, and DHX media.
She was nominated along with the crew of “Paperman” for an Annie award in writing.