The Workshops

Choice of Workshop A or B:

Workshop A-Make a Mini Comic with David Lasky

©David Lasky

Make your own 8-page mini graphic-novel in two hours.  Cartoonist David Lasky will guide you in booklet-making, the grammar of comics, and simple character design.  Supplies and basic drawing tips will be provided.  Drawing skills are helpful, but not necessary; the only prerequisite is a desire to communicate through the medium of comics.

Seattle artist David Lasky has been writing and drawing comics for over 20 years.  His earliest success was a nine page mini-adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses (self-published). In the 90’s he was known for the solo comic Boom Boom, and then collaborated with Greg Stump on the Harvey-nominated Urban Hipster. 

His stories have appeared in countless anthologies over the years, including Kramers Ergot and Best American Comics. With writer Frank Young, he co-created two graphic novels: Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny and The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song (for which they won an Eisner Award in 2013).

David has also been a graphic novel instructor at Richard Hugo House and various other venues in the Seattle area. 

Working with King County Public Health, he has illustrated the informational comic books “No Ordinary Flu,” and “Survivor Tales.”

Workshop B-Comics For Writers with Megan Kelso

©Megan Kelso

This workshop is for writers who are interested in comics and want to dip their toe in but who may be self-conscious about their drawing skills. We will work on using comics primarily as a generative tool for improving our writing. We will explore techniques to help tap directly into image based ideas by drawing first and writing second. Please come with a writing project in progress OR one that has been bouncing around in your head. We will do both drawing and writing exercises in this workshop - all drawing abilities are welcome!

Megan Kelso
photo ©KJ Bateman
After dropping out of art school in 1987, Megan Kelso completed her BA at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, studying history and political science. 

Inspired by the explosion of ‘zines, bands and DIY art projects going on in Olympia at the time, she started self-publishing the influential minicomic “Girlhero” which, with the help of a self-publishing grant from the Xeric Foundation, ran for 6 issues.

 In 1998 Highwater Books collected the best work from “Girlhero” in “Queen of the Black Black.” In 2002, Kelso won two Ignatz awards for the early minicomic chapters of her graphic novel “Artichoke Tales” which was published in its entirety by Fantagraphics in 2010.

 She continued to work on short stories which were collected in “The Squirrel Mother” in 2006. In 2007, she was chosen by The New York Times Magazine to serialize a comic in their weekly Funny Pages feature; "Watergate Sue" ran for six months. 

Kelso is currently at work on her third collection of short stories.

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