Synergy Credit Union recently announced that they were going to be the corporate sponsor for "Graphic Novel" presentations at schools in Neilburg, Lashburn, Maidstone and Marshall. When I first heard about these presentations I was a little confused as I immediately thought of risque novels with revealing pictures. I was relieved to learn I wasn't on the right wavelength!
According to an article by Keir Graff in the American Library Association’s Booklist/February 1, 2003, “A graphic novel, like a regular novel, is a stand-alone story that is published as a book. It’s easy to get confused, though, because some people will still use comics for the whole genre or graphic novel for any comic-style work that’s handsomely published, even if it’s just a collection of superhero stories.”
|Jay Bardyla (Middle)|
Kyle Sams (Left)
Daniel Schneider (Right)
Mickey Mikkleson, who works for Synergy Credit Union, introduced Jay Bardyla, the owner/operator of Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton. In turn, Bardyla introduced his two assistants - Kyle Sams and Daniel Schneider. While Jay (who is wearing the Superman t-shirt!) spoke to the students, Kyle and Daniel sketched large colourful pictures of various comic book characters.
"Draw what you see," advised Bardyla. "And develop your own art style." For the younger group, Bardyla explained how comic books are made and printed.
|Daniel Schneider draws|
http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/ to create his own strip titled "Evil Postman"! Perhaps he will become a famous cartoonist like Charles Schultz!