Juan Fernandez on Comics Workbook’s 2018 SPX Workshops

This weekend the Comics Workbook gang makes the annual pilgrimage from Pittsburgh to Bethesda, Maryland to join in on the explosion that is the Small Press Expo. If you’d like to take part in any of our workshops, or just want to find us to chat, you can find us posted at the Glen Echo Room at SPX.
See you soon!

Below’s the schedule of our workshops:


12:00 – 1:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics with Juan Fernandez

Join the Comics Workbook team for an hour of comics-crafting. Learn about color and line, explore the rhythm of the grid, and take your comics-making game to a new level. Simple exercises will push you in mind-bending directions. Juan Fernandez is a cartoonist and educator in Pittsburgh, PA. He organizes the Pittsburgh Comics Salon, facilitates Comics Workbook, and works for the Pittsburgh Arts Council. All ages.



1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Glen Echo Room

Clay Sculpture Characters With Liz Reed

Learn how to make clay ice cream cone characters with Sweet Success author/sculptor Liz Reed.  Attendees will create their very own unique clay character as Liz guides the class through different sculpting techniques using everyday household items. All ages.





3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics With Dash Shaw

Spend an hour with groundbreaking cartoonist Dash Shaw, creator of BodyWorld, Bottomless Belly Button, New School, Doctors, and Cosplayers, as well as the animated film My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea. Dig into his experience and influences, and pick up tips on storytelling and techniques from a master of the form. All ages.




4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics with Molly Ostertag

Join Molly Ostertag, award-winning creator of the middle-grade graphic novel Witch Boy, and ongoing webcomic Strong Female Protagonist, among other projects, as she discusses creative process, discipline, and Dungeons & Dragons. All ages.





5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics With The Latin American Youth Council & Mentors

Join Jason Rodriguez, Santi Cesares, and young creators from LYLC for a bilingual workshop about using comics to tell stories that can cross language barriers and break down cultural differences, giving a voice to children and teens who desperately need to be heard. Comics as a transformative tool for change! Please note that there will be a No Pictures policy during this workshop. All ages.





1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics With Mosi

Mosi is a Portuguese cartoonist and art teacher based in Lisbon. Join her for a discussion about comics as a medium of communication and self-expression. Drawing is a wide and complex language that can be explored to express our deepest feelings, emotions, thoughts and – above all – express who we really are! In this workshop Mosi will use comics as a tool to get to know more about each other; break the ice, start a conversation and learn about the others around us through what they draw and how they do it. Bring your positivity, curiosity and get in the mood for a good time! All ages.


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Glen Echo Room

Kickstarter Presents: Five Elements of a Healthy Comics Campaign

Whether you’re gearing up for volume 3 of your ongoing series or on the fence about launching your first ever anthology, you can make a killer Kickstarter campaign when you come prepared. Join Comics Outreach Lead Camilla Zhang in this educational seminar about the key elements of a successful Kickstarter campaign. And feel free to tweet specific questions @illathekilla using the #KickstarterSPX hashtag prior to the event!



3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics Workbook Hangout

Take a crash course in comics making – for kids big and small. We will bring the grids, the markers, the know-how – you bring your personal spark. Discover the comics-maker within you and let them out! Join Caleb Orecchio and other members of the Comics Workbook team for an easy foray into comics making – the perfect thing to conclude a weekend at SPX! All ages.



09-12-2018 – by Niall Breen

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