Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Japanese Manga

Artists Andy Fish and Veronica Hebard will be at the Wheeler Memorial Library at 6:30 on Wednesday July 8 teaching a class for teens on Japanese Manga. This workshop will be a hands on , participatory drawing opportunity. Andy is a cartoonist, painter, illustrator and graphic novelist. His work has appeared in galleries all over the United States, and he has been published in five countries. He has done storyboards in TV and Film and continues to produce two graphic novels a year. His published graphic novels include Fly: A True Story Completely Made Up, The Tragic Tale of Turkey Boy, Jerry Claus, and The Return of Dark Santa. His upcoming titles include The Sorrowful Tale of Boris the Talking Cat, The Girl with the Really Big Thumbs, and an updated version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, entitled Harker Wanted Man. Currently, Fish is hard at work on his graphic novel Batman: 1939 for DC comics with Veronica Hebard and Boston Globe editor Michael Warshaw. Veronica is influenced by Japanese mystique, “the line work, graphic design, and aesthetics, and their reinvention of Western pop culture." Her work has been published by Columbia Magazine, HalfPrice Books, Blank Canvas Magazine, Worcester Magazine, The Weekly Dig, Inkstains, Detour, and ArtScope Magazine. To see examples of their art visit The woman pictured will take you to Veronica's art while the man will take you to Andy's art.

This workshop is the first in Children's Librarian Candy Cross' exploration of visual literacy which is being funded by her Massachusetts Literacy Champion Award. This grant will also fund a second artist visit with Sarah Adam on July 28 at 2:00. More visual literacy workshops will occur in October.

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