Comics Jam & Scribbler’s Cabal
One week: August 20-24, 10 a.m.-noon
Price: $120 ($100 P&P members)
Bring pencils or pens, paper, and a love of either comics or drawing---or both!
Comics Jam & Scribbler’s Cabal is a read-aloud session and drawing free-for-all for ages 8 and up. Like a book club for comic fans, but more heavy on the fun than on the analysis. Kids can bring in their own drawings to share. It's less of a How to Draw class than a Why to Draw and How to Keep Enjoying it class. We'll read comics, draw comics, discuss each other’s work, make up our own characters, draw each other’s characters, and have a blast.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
A graduate of the drama program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Dave Burbank has worked for the Takoma Park Maryland Library for over 15 years. An illustrator and comics enthusiast, he is the curator of the library's remarkable graphic novel collection (over 3,000 titles) having built it from scratch and read every panel. He teaches a yearly seminar on the History and Importance of Comics to students of the University of Maryland's graduate College of Library and Information Sciences; to Montgomery County Public School media specialists at their In-Service Learning Day; and to various area schools. He has appeared on a panel discussion on "Graphic Novels in Libraries" at the independent comics' premier convention The Small Press Expo (SPX 2011).
As an illustrator and writer he is the creator of the Takoma Park Library's SummerQuest interactive reading game, as well as stacks and stacks of pads full of half-finished comics and fascinating doodles. He keeps an occasional blog on issues relating to comics in libraries at comixtakoma.wordpress.com. A father of three, he lives in suburban Maryland.