BYU–Idaho offers numerous workshops to allow students to meet others on campus with the same interests such opera, jazz, cultural gros and even comic books.
According to the BYU-I Talent Activities Web page, students come to the Comic Book Workshop every Wednesday to share their art and love for comic books.
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Madeleine Fisher, a junior studying computer information technology, said the main purpose of the workshop is to give students a place to collaborate with one another.
“One of the most important ways we collaborate is by sharing our work and providing feedback (for each other),” Fisher said.
Cory Kerr, a faculty member of the Communication Department, said he has been creating his own comic book and his biggest sporters are his followers online.
Kerr said a lot of people will look at a comic book and think that it is childish, but it is an inherent part of human nature to learn from storytelling.
“Why do you wear a seat belt?” Kerr said. “Because at some point in time your mom said, ‘I knew a guy who didn’t wear his seat belt and he ended flying through the windshield.'”
Kerr said things like comics, cartoons and movies are essential to our survival.
Kerr’s comic book is titled “The Mixed” and is a story about a bug named Marty. Marty faces a common theme that most people face: conflict and choice cannot be avoided. Some of Marty’s experiences are based off of Kerr’s personal life.
“I want the storytelling to be honest,” Kerr said.
Kerr said everyone should have a personal project.
“Personal projects have two main criteria: you should feel vulnerable and you should share it with the world — your process, your end result, everything,” Kerr said.
Kerr began working on personal projects 10-12 years ago in order to hone a specific skill set, and a year and a half ago he wanted to become better at digital illustration.
Kerr said he is a graphic designer by trade and a self-taught illustrator.
A majority of those that attend the Comic Book Workshop on campus are also self-taught illustrators.
Fisher said that every Wednesday night an individual attending the workshop will share a lesson on topics such as character development, design, marketing or promotion.
“The thing about comics that I probably like the most is that they directly get into your imagination,” Fisher said. “It combines my love of reading with my desire to tell stories with pictures.”
Kerr said his entire purpose in making his comic is to occasionally give his readers wisdom through the voice of his character, Marty.
“A lot of people’s problem is that they don’t ever start anything,” Kerr said.
Regardless of where students are at in their personal project if they are interested in comics then the Comic Book Workshop can be a place for them to start.
Fisher said people assume that they have to be able to draw in order to attend the workshop, and that’s not true.
Kerr suggested by starting and doing your personal project, participants will learn along the way.
Fisher said her favorite part about being a part of the workshop is how much she learned.
“A personal project is something you feel a little vulnerable about,” Kerr said, “If you’re not kind of exposing yourself then it’s not art.”
The Comic Book Workshop presents an opportunity for artists to expose their art amongst peers.
“I feel a strong desire to share the things I’ve learned by doing comics with other people who care about telling a good story,” Fisher said.