Me and my 2 close comic book friends JOSH BAYER and BOX BROWN went to Gainesville, Florida, to teach a 2day workshop on making comics with you friends at SAW!
Me and Box got there first on thursday, Tom Hart ushered us to Grow Radio where we got to guest DJ Tom’s radio show/podcast, LISTEN TO IT HERE. We then headed to SAW and had a nice wisdom-giving discussion with the just recent graduated SAW students about their future in comics and what it takes to ‘make it’.
on Friday once Bayer got to town we all hung out and drew and talked about various must read comics while digging throughout the entire SAW comic collection (which is MASSIVE) our buddy Derek M. Ballard showed up, making it a sort-of Drippy Bone Books meet up (we’ve all been published by them).
The first day of the workshop on saturday was great. We did exercises on re-drawing in your own way Jack Kirby comics, Bayer gave a demo on drawing wally wood machinery, and we talked about type/font design for covers. The room was full of creative comic book energy and the walls of SAW were electrified!
The saw students, along with Tom and his lovely wife Leela Corman all went out to eat where me and Box Brown ate alligator for the first time (it was delicious)!
Saturday night, we watched a lot of wrestling clips, including watching the entirety of 1998 king of the ring, hell in a cell match with undertaker and mankind, Tom Hart was captivated by it all.
Sunday morning i used my skills in cooking to make a breakfast for everybody.
Sunday’s workshop was even more packed then saturday!! we had to manage making room for all the comic book enthusiasts! The ink was flowing and Bayer led a lesson drawing political cartoons with philosophical meanings, we all did a lecture/presentation on swiping from other cartoonists and using reference from comics, we then went ahead and did a comics are the enemy style comic with the class, having multiple people draw on top of each others work, coming up with a full comic page, Me and Bayer even worked on actual CATE pages where i used our own lesson in type to riff off of the captain victory font.
After class Me, Bayer, and Box got tattoos from suspect device contributor Ron McVicar! Bayer cried for hours from the pain of his tattoo.
Monday was the saddest day since we had to leave! me and box ate at a TGI Friday’s in the Atlanta airport and it gave me heartburn.
I need to thank Tom and Leela for letting us stay at their lovely house, Ron McVicar for giving us such cheap tattoos Eric, Anna, Sally, and Adrian (the SAW students) for being awesome and deal with listening to Box talk about wrestling, Bayer talk about Star Trek: TNG, and Me talk like a moron
Check out Pat Aulisio’s account of his trip to SAW with Josh Bayer and Box Brown! Josh is such a crybaby.