Everyone is on the hunt for new ways to entertain their kids (and themselves) now that more places have stay-at-home orders. It’s a great time to work on comics! You can process the real world and explore your emotions in this situation, or you can escape the current difficulties by exploring and creating fictional worlds. From Daryl Seitchik ’18 (Exits, Koyama Press), who runs Cartoon Club with Dan Nott ’18 (Hidden Systems, coming from Random House Graphix), here are some activities that require only a pencil and paper:
In Stores Now! Maker Comics: Draw a Comic by JP Coovert ′08
Maker Comics: Draw a Comic! by JP Coovert ′08 released on October 22. The next book in the Marker Comic series, the ultimate DIY guides, you will find illustrated instructions for seven comic book projects! The International Comics Library is in a lot of trouble! If Maggie can’t come up with $500,000 in a week, Dr. Carl is going to bulldoze her grandfather’s library and turn it into a parking lot. To save the day, she’ll need all her comic drawing skills, the loyal library watchdog, and her new assistant (that’s you).
Draw a Comic! by JP Coovert ′08 Releasing this fall
J. P. Coovert ′08 has a new comic coming in October 2019 from First Second: Maker Comics: Draw a Comic! As part of the new Maker Comics series from First Second, this graphic novel includes seven comic projects. To keep the stakes high, the graphic novel is centered on Maggie, who needs to come up with $500,000 in a week to save the International Comics Library from being bulldozed by Dr. Carl. As her new assistant, you’ll help Maggie as she uses all her comic drawing skills. You’ll learn to create and print your own comics books, following simple steps to sketch out your story ideas, ink a comic page, and publish a finished minicomic.
Lucy Knisley ′09—You Are New (Chronicle Books, March 2019)
A world of being new is waiting for little ones and the grown-ups who love them in this warm and funny book perfect for baby showers. From napping to crying, cuddling to playing, this book introduces the world with humor, honesty, and unmitigated sweetness. Award-winning author and artist Lucy Knisley celebrates the joys of having—and being!—a baby in this timeless celebration of new beginnings and the transformative power of love.