01/31/2018

Juan empieza el día con un PSA y con Bombas Para Desayunar!

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Friendly PSA to Santoro School Students past,present, and future:
Ever get that feeling when you’re trying to write plot and explore narrative, but your brain only provides you with out-of-sequence snippets built on vague ideas and an endless number of potential outcomes that develop and branch out unnaturally over an unspecified timespan?

This is how our brains work.  Recent findings in neuroscience confirm this notion. (Baldassano, Chen, Zadbood, Pillow, Hasson & Norman – Zacks, Speer, Swallow, and Maley) When we work on narrative art we’re reverse engineering much of our brain’s natural event and detail segmentation. Straight up, it’s hard work to create work that reads like it’s own reality.  This is why we at the Santoro School use index cards.

We crystallize thought through action onto index cards, and then can, theoretically, stand outside of time in the editing process to make narratives come together.

So remember, do your warm ups, then jump into your index cards and let the thoughts flow. Don’t be precious, just keep the thoughts, feelings, images and words flowing. Jot that “noise” down. When you pull away from that flow, rest assured you’ll be able to rearrange them into coherent sequences for readers or viewers to parse.

-JF

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Los cómics y las noticias que me han llamado la atención esta semana:
 ~ In English and en Español ~

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Convocatorias + Deadlines:

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Collected from the thousands of pages of material that Frank has left scattered all over the digital landscape, these 4 PDF collections contain Frank’s best writing on comics and comics making from the past decade. Theory and process, reviews and discoveries, journeys both physical and spiritual.

Check out the “Best of Frank Santoro” PDF collections, available HERE!

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Suzy and Cecil – 1-31-2018 – by Gabriella Tito

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Joanie and Jordie – 1-31-2018 – by Caleb Orecchio

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Juan Fernández

Juan Fernández

Juan José Fernández is a Pittsburgh comics community organizer, most recently named as one of “Pittsburgh’s Creative Forces: 12 People to Meet in 2017” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and one of seven 2016 Fuerza awardees by Café Con Leche for providing Pittsburgh Latinx leadership. He co-organizes the annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair, leads the Pittsburgh Comics Salon, and provides educational outreach for the Comics Workbook and the ToonSeum. He currently works at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
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