Author: Dave

Catching up with cartooning friends!

Pictured with me is Emma, my young cartoonist friend from Harris Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, NC.  She came up to me to say hello recently at the United Arts Council of Wake County’s artist conference.  Emma is an enthusiastic student who participated in one of my Kids Make Comics! residency programs last year, but it gets better than that.  You see- Emma goes to a year-round school; a schedule that has her in class for several weeks, then out on break for a couple…year round.  It so happened that my residency at her school was scheduled during a week that she was “tracked out”, and unfortunately she would not be participating.  But Emma decided that she liked drawing and writing so much that she begged the staff to come into school to take part in my program.  Wow, that’s impressive; coming to school when you aren’t required!  I know that she had a great time during the residency, as evidenced by her focus and hard work.  Good luck this year,...

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Cartooning Videos for KIDS!

Calling all kids ages 7 and up who enjoy drawing and making comics!  I recently worked with the great folks at Professor Garfield to produce a series of videos called KIDS MAKE COMICS!  The topics for each video come from my school programs, where I teach students in elementary schools how to make their own comics.   Currently there are 5 videos, but I have plans for more!  You will also find downloadable activity sheets and comic templates that you can then print at home.  Professor Garfield has 2 websites, where you can see the videos.  www.professorgarfield.org is a Flash site;...

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Another Great School Year!

It’s so nice to receive thank you letters, drawings and comics from the students I’ve taught.  Seen in the picture above are hundreds of handcrafted letters of appreciation!  This has been a very rewarding year for Hamster Sam and me with school visits, and it’s hard to believe that it’s over and summer is here.  Through my assembly programs and comics residencies, I estimate that I have worked with close to 4,000 students this past school year. It is heartwarming and oftentimes amusing to read what these kids have to say.  Or ask.  It’s the same thing during my school visits; students occasionaly come up...

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Howdy, Partners!

It’s been too long since I’ve saddled up to the ol’ bloggin’ post, so I decided to mosey on in to update  you on all the goings-on and such.  Why, you ask, am I talking like a B-Western movie character?  Well, because I’m hip-deep in pages of re-writes for Hamster Sam’s next volume, “The California Cheese Rush!”.  Yes, It’s been a long time coming, but notes regarding the 2nd draft from my editor have yielded a final draft, and I’m ready to belly-up to the studio and DRAW, Partner!!  My editor on this book is Kristin Earhart, formerly with Scholastic and currently writing The Magic School Bus and Big Apple Barn series books.  Her expertise and guidance have been a tremendous help; I love editors!!!  In this wild west tale, Hamster Sam and his trusty sidekick, Fescue must go west  to capture a dirty, smelly bandit who threatens to steal a legendary treasure of gold beneath Cheddar Mountain Theme Park!  Can they stop him before the big Cheese Festival?  Can Hamster Sam survive the most unsanitary showdown in wild west history?  You’ll have to wait and see when the book releases in the Fall of 2015.  There is a cool bonus feature at the end of the book called “The Louise & Clark Explanation” that highlights North Carolina’s ‘leading role’ in gold rush history…you just might learn something new!  I hope to have advance...

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Salt Lake City Workshop!

Teachers making comics.  For three days.  Recently, I had the pleasure of co-presenting an intensive professional development workshop with Jimmy Gownley, NY Times best-selling author of Amelia Rules!, where the art of comics unfolded.  Westminster College was the venue for this visual arts workshop, where about 20 educators from the Salt Lake City area and beyond- gathered in the Tanner Atrium to experience the development and the making of comics. The takeaway was being able to successfully lead their own classroom (K-12) comics activity that could integrate curriculum standards.  Comics are highly visual and have a knack for grabbing a student’s attention;...

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