This course will guide students through the process of shaping their powerful political opinions into a sequential narrative structure. It will include concise illustrated lectures on the history and process of political cartooning and graphic novels, with an emphasis on the governmental and societal pressures brought to bear on free expression in the United States and abroad. Students will practice transforming ideas into visual metaphors by sketching in class and at home. This work will be discussed and shaped during group sessions and through individual instruction. By mid-semester students will decide on the subject matter for a multipage project. The second half of the course will focus on producing a finished sequential story in comics form that expresses each student's unique points of view. NOTE: Please bring a drawing pad (9x12" minimum ), drawing pencils, a kneaded eraser, a straight edge and a pencil sharpener to the first session.
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