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Discover your inner artist–Springtime SAW

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News from SAW about the Porcellino workshop, upcoming projects and our year-long program.

The Sequential Artists Workshop

News from SAW

The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida has been BUSY! Here are some new classes coming up and some of what we and our faculty have been up to.

Leela Corman Book Tour

SAW faculty Leela Corman has been busy on East and West Coast tours promoting Unterzakhn, her new graphic novel from Shocken/Pantheon.  Leela visited New York, Boston, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and is heading to Philadelphia and soon New York again for MOCCA. About Unterzakhn, Comic Book Resources says: “An incredible book about twin sisters growing up on New York’s Lower East Side in the early twentieth century. It’s about the experience and struggles of women, the immigrant experience, and it’s just brimming with life. . . . Wow.” Read more reviews below:


Upcoming Classes

Professional Inking and Drawing Techniques with Justine Mara Anderson – 5 Thursdays, May 17- June 14, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Justine Mara Anderson, who has inked Superman, The Invisibles, and worked extensively for Wizards of the Coast/Dungeons and Dragons, LucasArts and other fantasy/adventure companies shares her incredible talents in drawing, rendering, inking, watercolor, compostion, mood, anatomy, everything. Click here to learn more.

Adult Intro to Comics Class with Tom Hart  – 5 Thursdays, July 5- August 2, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Adult Class II – Intermediate – Wednesday nights. Dates To be determined.

Summer Teen Classes!

SAW is running a two-week intensive class from June 18-June 29 that will run Monday-Friday from 10 am – 4 pm each weekday. Learn more about it here:

Week 1 will focus on exercises and skill building and short-term projects. Will work on all the skills of comic book creation, including character design, figure drawing, story writing and tool technique.
Week 2 will focus on one long story per student that we will then gather into a collected book at the end of the week. They will finish a 5-8 page story that will be collected into a group book to be published at the end of the workshop. Friday night June 29 will be ArtWalk. We’ll show the students’ artwork on the walls and hold a gallery opening and book release party for all the participants!
Instructors: Tom Hart and Sally Cantirino
Two weeks: June 18-June 29
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pmLearn more:

Upcoming Gallery Shows

Womanthology – Friday April 27 – Womanthology is a new anthology graphic novel created entirely by women for charity, showcasing the works of female creators of every age and experience level. The SAW exhibition of art from the book will feature art from past students of SAW Director Tom Hart as well as several Florida based artists who will be on-site, signing copies of the book.

Click here for Facebook Event

Friday May 25 – Cora Higgins
Friday June 29 – Teen Workshop Students

Join the SAW community in the year-long program.

SAW is dedicated to turning students into artists. Our year-long comics-making program is designed to give students the fullest experience possbile in finding their stories, gathering skills and inspiration, and refining their voice. Here at SAW we’ve created a space and community designed to do just that. Our experienced teachers are all working artists and also teach at the University of Florida or nearby Santa Fe College. Tom Hart taught at SVA in New York City for 10 years and Leela Corman is the creator of Unterzakhn, described by Publishers Weekly as “beautifully drawn and hard to forget.”

Our program is modeled after some of the best programs in the country and is offered at an affordable first-year only price. We’re in conversation with many potential visiting teaching artists and are gathering additional artisitic resources in the community for a rich vibrant learning experience. Gainesville is a great small city full of artists of all kinds, art shows, outdoor events, great food and coffee. We love this place, that’s why we came. It’s the perfect place to be an artist.

Learn more about the year-long program here:

Student Artwork

Who or what is calling you? 

Tom Hart’s Writings, Lectures and Workshops

SAW founder Tom Hart has been busy lecturing at the University of Florida, including a workshop at this year’s ImageText conference and an upcoming appearance at Digital Worlds on April 26, “LiveVibe TV” where he is presenting his work in front of 30 foot screens of his artwork.  Click the link to find out how to stream that show live about or how attend live in the audience.

In addition, Tom recently outed himself as the “Shit My New Yorker Cartoons” blogger. Daring to criticize in intelligent detail the cartoons in The New Yorker, he found himself at the center of a bit of a movement of people who have found themselves disatisfied for some time. 

You can read more about it at The Beat or go right to his critiques of the cartoons here:

In addition, work continues apace on the Department of Defense project, which involves creating a web-based portal and tool for veterans and service members to tell their own graphic-narrative stories. Links to follow.

Finally, Tom Hart’s Daddy Lightning will be out from Retrofit by the end of April. 

More Reviews for Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn:

“Corman produces an exceptional portrayal, deserving of much laudatory praise and acclaim, of immigrant and Jewish life on par with the works of Will Eisner and Art Spiegelman.”
“Corman has an ear for dialogue and a loose, curvilinear brush-line that makes reading her work a pleasure.”
—The Boston Phoenix
“Captivating. . . . A sweetly sad story, illustrating the difficulty of life in the early twentieth century as seen through the eye of a specific subculture. . . . Corman never shies away from harshness in either her story or her illustrations, but she handles it with grace. Unterzakhn is a quick read, but a meaningful one.”
—Baltimore City Paper
“An incredible book about twin sisters growing up on New York’s Lower East Side in the early twentieth century. It’s about the experience and struggles of women, the immigrant experience, and it’s just brimming with life. . . . Wow.”
“Unterzakhn works on multiple levels (one notable one: the art work is fantastic, particularly when Corman infuses any of her female characters with a snarl or a sneer, conveying a lifetime of pent-up emotion in a single panel), and as such, it’s highly recommended.”
“Corman’s caricatures are striking and distinctive, making the exaggerated characters come alive, and she provides a great, detailed view of the times. . . . She does an excellent job of dropping the reader into this particular time and place. Although a period piece, the underlying concerns, especially those related to a woman’s control of her own body, remain particularly timely.”

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