More than a dozen teenagers have been enrolled in Comic Kraze, a summer design workshop organized by the Wolfsonian’s Education Department and led by Jessica Abel and Caiphus Moore. Each afternoon this week, the students have descended on the library to review some of the unique materials in our collection. The library has a rich collection of graphic novels from the 1930s, including a large number of “stories without words” by Lynd Kendall Ward (American, 1905-1985) and Giacomo Giuseppe Patri (Italian American, 1898-1978).


Thanks to donations by Leonard A. Lauder and Pamela K. Harer, we now have a few vintage comic books and more than one hundred of children’s propaganda books in our war propaganda collection.


We also have thousands of rare books, postcards, leaflets, and other ephemeral materials caricaturing and lampooning political figures during the First and Second World Wars.


 We have been pulling out a variety of items like these, and letting the students get a feel for the very different styles of each genre. Their instructors have been on hand to help the students hone in on specific design styles–be it figurative drawing one day, sequential art the next, perspective, composition, and page layout on another. I’m including a direct link to the student’s blog so that you have a chance to see their work, as well as some of the original materials from our library that may have served as inspiration. Hopefully you too might be moved enough to pick up a pen and start drawing!

~ by "The Chief" on June 23, 2010.

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