Oct 9 – Comic Improv
Oct 16 – Western vs. Eastern: Differences in Comics
Oct 23 – Anatomy Tutorial / Bodybuilding Exercise
Oct 30 – Creepy Comics / Halloween Costume Party
Nov 6 – Fanfic and Doujinshi / Crazy Plotlines
Nov 13 – Digital Art Presentation
Nov 20 – Color Theory
Nov 27 – Comic Improv
Dec 4 – Free Manga Paper / Show Your Work / Read Comics Day
Oct 9 – Comic Improv
We are a student organization of the University of Washington whose purpose is to act as a resource and a meeting group for those interested in creating — writing or drawing — comics. It’s also a place for manga-lovers to just come and hang out!
We meet on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM in SAV 168
See you there!!
We meet Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at Dempsey 124.
4/3 – Kickoff Meeting, Pictionary
4/10 – Silent Comic and Dialogue
4/17 – Stylization
4/24 – Outside, frisbee, must yell kamehameha! Crazy plot lines backup.
5/1 – Guest Presentation: Jason Metcalf (DC Comics main artist)
5/8 – Bring up Officer elections
5/15 – Guest Presentation: Mark Monlux (Monlux illustrations)
5/22 – To Be Announced
5/29 - To Be Announced
6/5 – End of the world party, bring cookies
Tonight, Sarah Noonan gave a presentation on facial expressions in comics, detailing how comic artists effectively convey emotions, moods, and attitudes through lines, furrows, wrinkles and other features on characters’ faces. Then, club members were given handouts with 25 blank boxes, where each box had an emotion printed beneath it. Each member drew a face in each box corresponding to the emotion under it. Then, members shared their work with each other.
Tonight, Gerardo gave a presentation on the history of webcomics. This brief presentation covered the three main “generations” of webcomics, and offered numerous examples of different kinds of comics. It was based on the presentation Joy Kim gave about two years ago, with some extra additions and commentary. There was no club activity following the presentation, so the club went out to dinner a little earlier instead!
Tonight, Win L. did a presentation on Perspective. He began with a brief PowerPoint presentation, then proceeded to demonstrate how to draw 1, 2, 3, and 4-point perspective illustrations on the chalkboard.
This evening, Joe S. and Win L. presented the production line of comics. Members learned how manga and superhero artists have their works written, drawn, colored and published. This meeting offered excellent tips for members who might someday want to publish their works professionally.
Tonight, we had a Comic Improvisation activity. Each person came up with two nouns, two verbs and two adjectives, then wrote each one on a slip of paper. Then, each person came up and randomly picked two nouns, verbs and adjectives to draw about. People were given a limited amount of time to draw a roughly six-panel comic based on the words they chose.
Afterwards, the members constructed group comics. Each person drew a panel of a comic on a piece of paper, then passed the paper to someone else. Finally, everyone shared their comics with each other, and ate the excellent cookies that Sarah brought from home.
Wednesday 11/14 at 5:30 PM in Savery 162
Yuji presented some hilarious tips on drawing and human anatomy. See his slides here.
For the activity, members drew their very own Manly Pikachus! Here’s a glance at some of their work:
Presented by Sarah and Ciera. You can see the slides here.
A doujinshi is a self-published comic or other artistic work, rather than one marketed by a professional publisher. Doujinshi often use characters, settings, and other elements from another fictional universe. Although it isn’t strictly legal to borrow these without the original author’s permission, authors and publishers in Japan condone the practice because it improves the sales of their original work. In fact, many great manga artists and artist groups such as CLAMP began their careers by producing doujinshi comics. You can find doujinshi at one-day conventions like Comiket, a massive convention held twice a year that attracts half a million people.
Sarah brought her collection of doujinshi comics gleaned from comic artists around the world. If you couldn’t make it to the meeting, but you’d like to see a copy, be sure to contact her!
We also had an activity where GNS members created several short doujinshi stories. To produce the content, a beach ball was tossed between members. Whoever caught the ball had to add to the story, then toss the ball to another member. You can read the stories here.