Well, these pictures are only a few hours old, anyway.
Julie and I spent most of today in Puyallup, a little town close to Tacoma. Bonnie of the Puyallup Library’s Teen Program had found my name in her rolodex from the time her predecessor, Lisa, had asked me to come do something for Free Comic Book Day a few years back, and she’d also heard about Comixtravaganza here in Seattle. So she e-mailed and asked if I’d be willing to come do a workshop for her teen program as part of the FCBD festivities at the library.
I never say no to libraries if I can possibly help it. Apart from the principle involved, the fact is, they treat you like royalty. Whenever I do a library gig I always am made to feel like a rock star. So of course we agreed, thinking we’d just make a day of it. (Julie likes the secondhand shops down there.)
There was nothing particularly remarkable or column-worthy about it — I’ve been doing this kind of thing for a while now. But it was fun and Julie took some pictures, thinking we’d add to the CBR live-blogging festivities. We’re not quite fast or tech-savvy enough to load the images anywhere but from our home computer, though, and anyway after the workshop and the shopping we decided to go see Iron Man. Which was awesome, and certainly more fun than fighting with the cursed WordPress image software.
Anyway, here you go, a half-day late. This is me explaining how a comics panel should work.
“The caption and the image support each other like the subject and the predicate of a sentence, they are interdependent. Comics isn’t just words and pictures, it’s a blend of the two, a language all its own.” The usual talking points.
As you can see, the kids are mesmerized by my brilliant theories. Almost all of which I stole from Understanding Comics.
Or, at least, they are pretending to be fascinated. (I steal relentlessly from Scott McCloud but I do make it a point to plug his books in order to assuage my guilt.) They warmed up later when I made them thumbnail their own pages, though, and they really lit up when I gave out a bunch of my students’ con books and also a few of Amanda’s Ninja Kigomi. Both were a big hit.
This is the sign Bonnie made for the front of the building.
The lettering is actually a collage of cut-up donated quarter-bin books from the early 90’s. I knew those eventually had to be good for SOMETHING. It’s embarrassing how many I recognized.
Here’s Bonnie (on the right) and one of her intrepid volunteers.
And the spread they had out. Mostly the Silver-sponsor stuff.
Bonnie has a good eye; this was a really nice range of books, much better and more appealing to the uninitiated than the stuff I saw last year. She told us that the kids and teens were really into it, and senior citizens that saw the display were very interested (“Comic books! I remember those! But you don’t have Dick Tracy?”) but oddly, the adults in their 30’s and 40’s looked at it as somehow vulgar and inappropriate.
So that was our day. Thanks again to Bonnie for rolling out such an extravagant red carpet for Julie and me, and especially for letting me cop a bunch of her freebie comics for my students. We’ll see you at ECCC!
Bonnie’s pictures are here.
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