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Monsters & Mayhem: Creature Design Workshop with Leah Troller

Posted on 26 February 2015 by Paige Cambern

Hayman’s Hall: Friday: Room 111: 2PM

From silhouette to savage beast: learn how to spice up your monster designs with SEQA grad Leah Troller, who will be guiding students through a step-by-step process using techniques common to the gaming industry. Bring a tablet pen or traditional materials to join in the fun and make your own creature!

Creature Design Poster

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Comics Art Forum XX [UPDATES]

Posted on 09 February 2015 by Paige Cambern

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.

 CAF XX Sign-Up Sheet


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


Workshop Descriptions:


Kyle Webster

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.


Gabriel Hardman

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.


Farel Dalrymple

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.


Clio Chiang

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.


Andy Ristaino

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.


Ben Caldwell

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

Andy Ristaino

Gabriel Hardman

Ben Caldwell

Farel Dalrymple

Kyle Webster


Comic Art Forum 2015 Artists

1.Farel Dalrymple

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.”


 2.Ben Caldwell

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.

4.Kyle Webster

                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.

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SwarmCon 2015!

Posted on 04 February 2015 by Paige Cambern






This year we’ll be having SwarmCon on Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th at the Coastal Georgia Center here in Savannah!


We had over 500 people attend our con last year and it was a huge success! Help us beat that attendance this year and make this con amazing!


Be sure to save the date and come see us for 2 days of awesome art work, epic games, and great costumes! See our info tab for more details about us and our con!


Questions? Want to be a part of the con? We need panels, and we want you in them! Check out our website for applications, information, and more! We can’t wait to see you at SwarmCon 2015!

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Grad Workshop with Mara Lund Montano

Posted on 03 February 2015 by Paige Cambern

Graduate student, Mara Lund Montano, will be giving a workshop this Friday for all who are interested.

The workshop will be at 2PM this Friday, Hayman’s Hall, room 115.

Mara will be talking about a brief history of El Chamuco, a Mexican comics anthology that used political cartoons as a form of expression in a time of fear and repression. In the years where Mexico has faced the most corruption and horrors from their governments, five cartoonists took it upon themselves to translate the country’s fear into satirical caricatures as a form of entertainment as well as awareness. To this day, Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, and freedom of speech is threatened; these cartoonists use their talents, their humor, and their ideals to defend a country they love.


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