Comics Journalism: Documenting the World Around Us

Jun 7 - Aug 9
Tuesday 6:30-8:30 PM (EST) 10 sessions
Tuesday 6:30-8:30 PM (EST) 10 sessions
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Sarah Shaw,

Comics artist, illustrator

How can we tell true stories that encourage our readers to empathize and think on a deeper level? In this course students will explore the powerful combination of text and image to craft nonfiction narratives in a format that goes beyond what writing, illustration, or photography can offer alone. Through discussions, lectures, in-class drawing exercises and weekly assignments, students will become acquainted with the tools and terminology of comics journalism and report on real-life characters and situations through evidence-based storytelling. We will cover tips for documentary drawing, conducting interviews, researching and collecting resources, and pitching a story to a newspaper or magazine. In each session a selection of clips and excerpts by graphic journalists and other visual storytellers will be analyzed. Students are encouraged to develop their own visual style and work with digital or analog tools of choice. Through regular critiques, students will engage with their classmates and become part of a wider community of visual thinkers and makers. By the end of the course, students will have gained the skills to find compelling stories in their daily life and portray the people and places that interest them most.
NOTE: This course is fully online and offered through a combination of regularly scheduled sessions during the listed course hours, as well as asynchronous material that may include prerecorded lectures and media, and interactive discussions.
Course Number
3 CEUs