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SEQA Graduate Workshops Friday 10/28

Posted on 25 October 2016 by John Larison


SEQA Graduate Workshops Friday 10/28

Tips And Tricks For Unique Character Designs
Friday, Octtober 28
Haymans Hall 214, 1pm

There is more to character design than the concept alone, it can be frustrating to have a character that doesn’t look unique, so Patricia Leang made a list of stuff to think about while designing characters. We will cover several important factors and tips for creating a unique character design; this workshop also includes a fun design challenge! Please bring your drawing materials! Loose paper and pencils will be more than enough!

SEQA Fight Club
Friday, October 28
Haymans Hall 214, 2pm
Action speaks louder than words. When a fight scene is involved, it’s a hella loud way to tell people about your character. Join SEQA grad student, Jordan Scribner (8 years stage combat, 2 years kickboxing, and 1 year European martial arts experience) to figure out how to jack up combat in your comics.  Learn how to research fighting styles, manipulate contact and pacing, and apply historic martial arts techniques to deepen your characters through action rather than exposition. Don’t forget to bring your own fight scenes for review and don’t be afraid to participate in some physical demonstrations!

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Call for Exhibitors – Mini-Comics Expo 2016

Posted on 19 October 2016 by John Larison

The SCAD Sequential Art department’s 9th annual Mini-Comics Expo will be held on Saturday, November 5th, in Hayman’s Hall. If you are interested in exhibiting in this event, please email Professor Duncan at

Given the nature of the event, exhibitors should offer at least one mini-comic on their table (sketchbooks or zines count). We ask that exhibitors attend at least one of the lectures/presentations by the visiting artist Robyn Chapman, help advertise the event by paper posters and/or social media, help set up the event the afternoon before, and help return Haymans Hall to normal after the show. Thanks for helping make this event awesome.

More information provided to exhibitors closer to show date.

Prof. Duncan

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Mini Comics Expo 2016

Posted on 28 September 2016 by John Larison


The SCAD Sequential Art Department hosts their annual Mini-Comics Expo at Haymans Hall, 23 Charlton Street, Savannah, on Saturday, November 5, from 11am – 4pm.

Over 80 vendors  — students, alumni, and faculty of SCAD’s acclaimed sequential art department — will be on site to exhibit and sell their self-published mini-comics, zines and sketches.  This event celebrates hand-made comic books and DIY publishing.

Guest artist, comics editor, and SCAD Alumna Robyn Chapman will be exhibiting at the Expo, giving a workshop, and signing books. Chapman is an editor, a publisher, and a cartoonist. She is the proprietor of Paper Rocket Minicomics and The Tiny Report, and she has had many different jobs in comics. She spent five years at The Center for Cartoon Studies, initially as their first fellow and later as their program coordinator and a faculty member. She is the author of Drawing Comics Lab from Quarry Books. Currently she is an associate editor at First Second Books. Learn more about her work at

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Professional Sequential Art Mentor Visit!

Posted on 23 September 2016 by John Larison


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Update: Editors’ Day Assignments 2016

Posted on 11 May 2016 by John Larison

Please make certain to read the Rules and Regulations for Editors’ Day about all the specifics you should know about for this event, which is in the previous posting.

Hey folks. The assignments are up for all the editors.

If you have any accidental overlaps please let me know.

The empty slots are to stay empty until the day of, and then it is up to the editors and the grad handlers on whether those slots will be filled or stay open.

Do not email myself or any of the faculty about the empty slots. Only email myself or Trisha (Our emails are in the sign up form/sheet, in the previous, precious posting) to let us know if there are any accidental overlaps or if you have to cancel for whatever reason.

Thank you and good luck!

Make certain to print this out so you know what room you need to be in and when!


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Editors’ Day 2016: Guidelines and Things to Consider

Posted on 04 May 2016 by John Larison

For everyone who is taking part in Editors’ Day 2016, Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14, there are a few things to remember.

1. Your portfolio should be no more than 10-12 pieces of art. This can include comic pages, comic covers, children’s books pages, concept art, character designs, turnarounds, or individual spot illustrations. You only have a few, short minutes with the editor so it is better to get more feedback from fewer pieces than less feedback for more pieces. It is better to have a few really strong pieces. Editors can tell what they want to give you feedback on in 2-3 pieces.

Keep it to 10-12 pieces and definitely NO sketchbooks or loose art. Put all of your work in a professional portfolio. Something like this: Portfolio Example

If you are doing comic inking or coloring you should also have the original pencil or ink file as well as your inked or colored page side by side, so the editor can see what you have brought to the penciler’s or inker’s art.

Print your portfolio early. Do not wait until the last minute. Your work can be at size 11” x 17” or smaller, but don’t come in with work larger than 11” x 17”.

2. You should bring both traditional and digital portfolios if you have a reader (Ipad, etc.). DO NOT SHOW ART OFF OF YOUR PHONE FOR ANY REASON! If you just have a traditional portfolio that is okay. It is better to have both, but you should at least have a traditional portfolio.

3. Dress nicely. While you do not have to dress business professional, you SHOULD dress up. Since this is a professional meeting with an editor you should take care in how you present yourself. Come in clean clothes. Make certain you take time to shower, brush your teeth and hair, and put deodorant on.

4. Phone etiquette: If your phone comes out of your pocket for any reason during your review, your review will be over and you will be escorted out by the Grad Handler. Keep your phone on silent in any group or individual review at all times. No phone use will be tolerated at all.

5. Stay silent in the hallways. If you want to talk with friends, then find an empty room and go in there or go outside. Please respect all of the reviews going on. If you are too loud in the hallways, then you will be asked to quiet down, find a room, or go outside.

6. Editor reviews: Stay silent during editor reviews and take notes. You only have a few minutes with your editors so unless they ask you a direct question, be quiet. Let them look over your work, make comments, critique it, and you take notes. I cannot stress this enough. You need to stay quiet unless asked a direct question from the editor.

This is a rare opportunity to be able to sit down with editors so you shouldn’t spend it talking or talking over them. Let them talk! Do not explain your work or yourself. It should speak for itself without you talking over it.

Group reviews: If you are in a group review and your work is not being reviewed, DO NOT MAKE A NOISE! You need to respect other people’s reviews. Feel free to take notes since you can learn just as much from other people’s reviews and their work as you can from your own reviews. Just sitting there and listening to other reviews is valuable.

7. BE ON TIME! If you are even one minute late to your review you will NOT be let in. You have missed your review. Try again next year. Arrive 15-20 minutes early for every review. It is better to have to wait a little for your review then to show up and have missed your review.

8. Find out which room your review you will be in before showing up. The lists will go up next week around Wednesday, so check back on SEQALab until they go up.

9. Print out your schedule so you know what room you need to be in and when you need to be there.

10. If you have a question about anything, there are Graduate Handlers helping each day. Ask them for help if you need something. They will be wearing name tags.

The list will go up on next Wednesday or Thursday. Check back daily!

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Friday Graduate Workshops: March 4

Posted on 02 March 2016 by John Larison





Sequential Art Graduate Workshops

Friday, March 4, Haymans’ Hall: 2:00 – 4:00pm


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Storyboard Pro The Power of Digital Storyboarding: Haymans Hall, Room 213, 2-3pm
SEQA Grad, Sonnet Sakievich

Are you interested in storyboarding?

Want to learn about Storyboard Pro, the software used by many industry professionals?  Come join SEQA Grad student Sonnet Sakievich for a workshop covering the following Storyboard Pro features:

•        Creating storyboards in Storyboard Pro
•        Importing storyboards from another program
•        Exporting boards with action notes
•        Setting up an animatic
•        Adjusting timing and adding sounds to your animatic
•        Exporting your animatic as a movie



Making and Incorporating Gifs in Comics: Haymans Hall, Room 213, 3-4pm
SEQA Grad, Zach Wilcox

Come join SEQA Grad student Zach Wilcox on Friday, March 4, in Room 213 at 3:00 in Hayman’s Hall. Want to learn how to bring your comics to life? The GIF is the answer! Learn how to make GIFs using Photoshop or Aftereffects or both with the expert tutelage of grad student Zach Wilcox. We’ll go through the process of creating and animating a simple GIF comic that will begin the foundation of your successful foray into the world of animated comics. Learn how to render things and what that even means. It makes boring old paper comics look like the trash they are.

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Grad Lab Podcast #2

Posted on 24 February 2016 by John Larison

Hey folks! Here is the next update for the new Grad Lab podcast. Enjoy!

Grad Lab Podcast #2

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Heidi Arnhold

Posted on 17 September 2015 by Paige Cambern

Heidi Kraemer

(Heidi Arnhold)

2015/2016 sequential art mentor

will visit SCAD September 30-October 3, 2015.


Her published works have involved such popular franchises as Star Trek, The Dark Crystal and Fraggle Rock. She is currently working with writer Jim Pascoe on Cottons, an original graphic novel for First Second.


She will be visiting classes and giving presentations and workshops during her time on campus. If you see her on campus please feel free to say hello.


Also, make plans to attend her workshop and lecture:



Seeing a Career Path

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. , Friday, October 2 at the SCAD Student Center

Heidi will present her work and discuss her career with particular emphasis on how the time spent at SCAD translated into a promising career.



World Building: Traditions, Tips, and Tricks

10:30—11:30 am, Saturday, October 3 at Haymans Hall, room 118

The workshop will involve world building techniques. Heidi will share some of the secrets she’s discovered in creating a world for her own stories. She will take questions afterwards in a Q&A session.

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Editors’ Day Assignments and Guidelines [UPDATED_May 07]

Posted on 04 May 2015 by Paige Cambern

Rules and Guidelines for Editors’ Day


Download link below


1. Timeliness: Read through the assignments and check to make certain you understand when your assignments are taking place. You should arrive at least 15 minutes early for all your reviews. If you are late you will NOT be allowed a review, no exceptions.  Timeliness to any editorial review is important. Any lateness will result in you losing your review for that editor.

2. There is a Graduate student who is helping each editor. If you have any questions, please ask them.  If they cannot assist you they will relay your issue to any of the professors who are around helping.

3. Clothing: Please dress nicely for your reviews. While you do not have to dress up like you are going to a wedding, you should dress casual professional to professional.  Please take the time to look presentable. It goes a long way to being professional.

4. Phones: Your phone MUST be on silent. If your phone goes off for any reason, you will be directed out of the review by the graduate student and your review will be over. Whether you are in a group review or an individual review you MUST keep your phone on silent. This includes any alarms or anything else. No texting or any other phone use is allowed during the reviews.

5. Noise: For those of you who have been to Editors’ Day, you know that the hallways can get crowded and a little bit noisy. We are in Hayman’s Hall this year and sound travels more in this building. Please keep your conversations down or take it outside or into any of the other classrooms that are not being used by other Professors or Editors. If you are asked to keep it down, please be considerate of everyone else who is currently getting reviewed.

6. Portfolio: Keep your portfolio down to 8-10 pieces. Your portfolio can be any size you feel necessary. It is suggested that you have a hardcopy portfolio. If you want to have a digital portfolio, you should also have a traditional hardcopy portfolio as well. Digital portfolios may not be viewed on a phone. Bring a digital reader if you want the editor to view it digitally.

7. Reviews: When you are getting reviewed you should remember to stay quiet when the Editor is talking. Do not talk over the editor. Take notes and thank them for their time. Do not try to explain your work. If they ask a question, answer it, but be succinct.

During group reviews, when other people are being reviewed you must stay quiet and listen to your editor. It is the other person’s time to be reviewed. Pay attention to what the editor is saying, but don’t talk. Take notes if you want.
Thank them for their time.



Editors’ Day Assignments

Click below to download the schedule and assignments for Editors’ Day 2015. Please review the above rules and guidelines before downloading the assignments list. Any questions or concerns may be directed to 

Editors’ Day 2015 Assignments [UPDATED_04]

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