Tuesday, February 07, 2012

McCloud Workshop - The 16 Panel Life

I spent last weekend in Los Angeles attending an amazing workshop by Scott McCloud, who's well known in comic circles for his wonderful dissections of the comic form in several books. When I heard about the workshop last October I had signed up for it immediately, and the only complaint I could possibly have about my experience was that it only lasted two days!

I came away with a sense that I have a long way to go to really understand comics as well as I should, and I'm very glad to have McCloud's books and his numerous recommendations on hand as I begin to take on a bigger project this year. I've never been so amped to work on comics, and it's a real thrill to think about what I have planned!

Above is one of my projects from the workshop, which was to fill 16 panels with my life story. There's a lot about the panels that may escape people who don't know me well, but I'm still very proud to show it off regardless. Hopefully I managed to convey the basic moments well enough to give you a good idea of what happened, because I don't plan on explaining the events in each panel (sorry!). Still though, feel free to let me know what you think!