At the beginning of August, I got to spend an entire week in the Cartooning Studio, an intensive workshop for adults at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. What fun!
My goal was to further develop the graphic novel that my daughter Yunhee and I have been creating, a fictionalization of her middle school experience - being teased, loving to read and draw manga (Japanese comics), and learning to stand firm in her identity, including being Korean and adopted. It's called Manga Girl.
Here's one of the images I went in with:
and here's what I came out with, after the inspired teaching of the young, phenomenally talented staff (biggest change was switching from marker to brush line):I also completed the outline of the story and 13 spreads of thumbnails (small sketched layouts of double pages). Now it's in my daughter's hands for scripting.
Some of the interns posted an account of the entire workshop on the CCS Schulz Library blog, from Day 1, through Day 5 (my project is mentioned - and that's me in the turquoise shirt).