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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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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 Workshops This Friday

Posted on 24 February 2016 by John Larison



Dynamic Figure Drawing Workshop with SEQA Grad, Mark Whitaker.

Come join SEQA Grad student Mark Whitaker, on Friday Feb. 26 in room 305 at 2 pm in Hayman’s hall. He will conduct a demo on how to successfully approach figure drawing for comics and illustration using a live model as reference. Remember to bring drawing supplies! See you there






Come join SEQA Grad student Sydney Anderson, on Friday Feb. 26, in room 111 at 3:30 pm.  Sydney will teach everyone how to set up a mini-comic in Adobe InDesign for print. This workshop will cover document setup, page layout, converting to a pdf and trouble shooting.


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Sequential Art Graduate Workshop

Posted on 18 February 2016 by John Larison

Interested in drawing amazing animals, fantastic creatures, and incredible monsters for your stories? Come join SEQA Graduate Student, Mike Becker, this Saturday February 20th at 9am for a workshop in using reference to inform creature design for story.

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Sequential Art Graduate Workshops

Posted on 10 February 2016 by John Larison


Adobe Illustrator Workshop


Friday, Feb. 12th

Hayman’s Hall, Room 110



Do you hate or find it difficult to work with Adobe illustrator or vector based stuff? Let’s change that perspective and learn to create cute icon, logo, or everything vector based in a fun way. Learn some tips and tricks and starts your journey with vectors.


Join SEQA graduate student Seta as he presents some ways for you to feel more comfortable and confident with Adobe Illustrator.



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Inking Workshop

Friday, Feb. 12th
Hayman’s Hall, Room 110

Join SEQA graduate student Sarah Halik as she presents some basic methods of inking using both nib and brush. Learn to create value and textures through participating in short demonstrations.

The basics of choosing the right tools for inking and how to care for your supplies will also be covered. (Take this opportunity to sample various types of inks and papers before having to buy them in the store!) Brushes, nibs/nib holders, papers and inks to share are limited. So, feel free to bring supplies you may already have on hand to work along with the demos.


Workshop covers:
2.Care of materials
3.Ways to Apply the Ink
2.Types of Strokes: Hatching, Contour Lines, Cross-hatching, Scribble Stroke, Stippling, and Feathering
3.Value Scale
4.Ink Wash
5.Combining Ink Strokes with Ink Washes
6.Creating Textures with Pen & Ink: Wood Grain, Wood Bark, Ripples, Feathers, Fish Scales, Dragon Scales, Long Fur, Short Fur, and Basket Weave

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Comics Art Forum Portfolio Review Roster

Posted on 03 February 2016 by John Larison

Comics Art Forum 2016, Friday, February 5

Workshops and Portfolio Review Rosters

Hey all!  If you filled out a portfolio review signup sheet and returned it to room 307, please check here for your scheduled portfolio review time with your artist.  Please remember to bring 5 – 10 pages for review, be courteous to your artist, and be ready to show your pages when your time for review comes.

Workshops, Haymans Hall

Please attend the workshop that you requested.

Look for workshop room designations on the day of the event.


Brook Allen – Starting a Story from the Ground Up, Room 115

Donny Cates – Writing for Comics, Room 110

Terry Dodson – Using Reference Material, Room 118


Babs Tarr – Working With Characters, Room 118

Ben Templesmith – Techniques for Visual Effects, Room 115

Portfolio Reviews, Haymans Hall

  • Each review should be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Bring 5-10 pages for the review.
  • If you are presenting digital files be sure that they open easily and that you are ready to go when your turn comes.
  • The reviews will take place in the order you are listed. Remember that these are group review sessions. Please be polite and attentive and turn off phones and devices while reviews are going on.

Portfolio list:

(Please check for room designation on the day of the event.)

Ben Templesmith: 10:00 – 11:45 a.m., Room 109

Jordan Scribner
Jeff Hisler
Jake Larson
Ciara Southwick
Aileen Meneses
Marla Auslander
Ayanna Johnson
Sami Hernandez
Victoria Sharp
Carl Morgans

Bab Tarr: 10:00 – 11:45 a.m., Room 208

Patricia Leang
Sienna Haralson
Zachary Wilcox
Isa Enriquez
Elodie Chen
Ann Uland
Sarah Brand
Naomi Stanton-Gulak

Brooke Allen: 1:15 – 3:00 p.m., Room 208

Sydney Anderson
Sara Ramos
Sarah Myer
Apollo Hines
Hedi Vo
Ayme Sotuyo
Catherine Blanch
Will Heffernan
Sydney Conklin
Lime Robertson
Jo Schramer

Terry Dodson: 1:15 – 3:00 p.m., Room 109

Hanwei Yu
Quanming Xu
Mike Becker
Mark Whitaker
Alexandria Pipatone
Brittany Vandergraft
Justine Osterling
Dylan Gray
Morgan Harrington
Nicole Nord

Donny Cates: 1:15 – 3:00 p.m., Room 110

Begus Seta
Don Fox
Kristina McGuire
Shannon Butt
Kailee Roark
Kristin Paxton
Matthew Gallman
Chris Willie
Kaitlin Dimick
Candace Ford
Robin Davis

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