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Art School: MCAD

Comics, sketches and thoughts on teaching Intro to Comics at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
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Mad Paul Returns!

This January I began meeting weekly with my fifth Introduction to Comics class at MCAD. One curious student, Ms. Taylor Zappa found online some old Mad Paul cartoons drawn by previous students...and became very worried. For a short bit, she was convinced I may really be Mad Paul, ready to snap at her at any moment! Despite my explanations about the origins of the strip/character. She's got the hang of it now, and has been churning out new Mad Paul comics, and I must be on my guard, for I am being watched. Looks to me like Mad Paul is evolving into a Camix Doofus...

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Students At Work

Finals!

They don't need me much at this point, so I sketch...

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Lynch Sketching

My buddy, artist Sean Lynch dropped by my Intro to Comics class for a Q & A and workshop. We had a great time talking Story, Comics and Storytelling. While he worked with students I had a quick chance to sketch up this profile portrait.

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Practicing To Be Professional

More sketches of students at work in class...

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Crits and Skrits

With a class of twenty, a full-class, verbal critique takes up too much time, even during a weekly five-hour session. So, I have students write comments on each other's sheets posted up next to their assignments. It takes far less time, and they get more feedback from their peers with each new piece every week.

And during those periods, and studio time, I get a chance to sketch a bit while they work...

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Professor Paul and Mad Chan

Constructive Criticism in the Classroom:

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Sketching in Class

The Lecture That Would Not End:

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Comics Terminology: The Basics

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Mad Paul III: With a Vengeance

A new semester of my Intro to Comics class at MCAD begins today. In just a few short hours, I'll unleash the Hounds of Comics on a room full of unsuspecting students, and my Reign of Terror will begin. Comics is not all fun and games, oh, no. It's Hard Work. If they didn't know that already, they will soon, as they slog through my new syllabus for a Comics Boot Camp.

I'll either break them, or they'll break my syllabus, or...we'll all be fine.

Aw, it'll be OK. It's Comics! What could go wrong?

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Mad Paul cartoon by former student, Chan Chau

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Mad Paul Goes Trollin'

Nothing like a teacher stalking you - just ask my student, Chan. A couple weeks ago, I popped in on one of her live streaming video sketch sessions (just to see what the kids are up to these days). She enjoyed so much me peeking over her virtual shoulder as she drew, I'm sure, and bristled when I gave her some crap about her lack of backgrounds on some pages. Just what she wanted to hear!

So she answered with these quick sketches, which I screencapped, just before she erased them:

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HAHAHAHA!

Maybe I'll pay her another visit soon...?

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