The Comic Book Workshop takes place every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Jacob Spori Building room 136.
The Comic Book Workshop exists so students can learn about how to make comic books and are able to meet people with similar interests, according to the Comic Book Workshop Web page.
“It’s so they can share their ideas and learn new things and get feedback and just be interested in comics and be around other people who are,” said Madeleine Fisher, the instructor for the workshop and a junior studying computer information technology.
“The workshop has been great for a few reasons,” said Alaire Bowen, a junior studying art. “The first being it’s comics, of course.”
Toben Racicot, a junior studying English, said he loves attending the workshop because he gets to meet new people who love comics and he gets to see comics in different ways.
Bowen and Racicot are two of the three authors for an online comic website, Sweet Pork Comics.
Bowen said meeting people at the workshop is fun.
“I’ve made some really great friends from going and now make comics with them,” Bowen said. “Every once in a while, we will also gather for little events together as a group.”
Racicot said it is not just meeting people that he enjoys but what he is taught at the workshop.
“Comics have interested me as a medium for such a long time,” Racicot said. “Storytelling through comics is fun and challenging. My expansive knowledge of reading comics has helped me to understand how to script and put together a compelling and exciting issue.”
Racicot said he writes Rexquirks, which are comics that run in Scroll, and two webcomics.
“A varied perspective is what makes a club or workshop fun,” Racicot said. “We learn basic skills about things directly related to the comic book medium: how to create a dynamic, engaging character visually, how to layout and pace a page and how to pose characters to be engaging for readers — not that I draw. I only write.”
Bowen said the workshop covers what makes a good comic.
“We learn the basics of what makes a comic great, the elements you need to create good stories and characters, and we also go over some techniques used by other artists and writers,” Bowen said.
Bowen said they also have the opportunity to show what they have been working on.
“It’s a lot of fun seeing other people’s work, too,” Bowen said.
Fisher said collaboration is helpful when it comes to comic books.
“It always grows so that it’s more than what you could do on your own,” Fisher said. “It is more than what the other person could do on their own, and it is more than what you two could have done together.”
Fisher said that during the Comic Book Workshop, she teaches anything people want to talk about and what students are interested in.
“I try to cover any basic things that are important for any visual storytelling, like character design,” Fisher said. “I also try to talk about things that are specific to comics, not animation.”
Fisher said she feels like she sees a lot of things in comics today that are more geared toward animation, and her goal is to gear the workshop more towards comics specifically, to show why comics are important and different from animation.
“Comics has this huge potential that is really limited right now by our own creativity,” Fisher said.
Fisher said she feels like other countries see what comics could be like, and she wants to make the workshop a place where everyone can see the potential.
“Comics have a good potential to reach out and be a part of people’s lives and be really entertaining and uplifting and good,” Fisher said. “I feel like they are just not there yet and there is still a lot to do.”
Fisher said that through the workshop, she feels she could reach the potential comic books have by using collaboration and getting together every week in order to learn from others who have the same passion as she does.