Washington Library offers comic class

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Dragonlands, a comic Washington Public Library teen services librarian Kayla Cook began as she was taking a class in comic drawing, has yet to be complete. However, she hopes participants in the Washington Library?s comic book workshop will bring their projects to fruition.

The workshop, scheduled for three Wednesdays, beginning on Aug. 8, at 4 p.m., will teach students sixth-grade and above the art of creating their own comics. Cook said the students would learn the basics of storyboarding, writing the script for a comic, and how to start paneling and drawing. Each student will come away from the class with their own original work.

?I?ve been talking with some of the kids who have been coming in and a lot of them really like drawing,? Cook said. ?With the launch of our comic book section, which has been very popular, and a lot of people enjoy it, I though we should give them a chance to make their own.?

Cook said she began her own comic during a similar workshop in Acron, Ohio. She based the fantasy comic on the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. During the workshop, Cook learned the process professional comic artists use to create their work.

The comic section which recently opened in the library was the alternative to graphic novels being spread throughout the library, Cook said. She said previously, due to the manner the Dewey Decimal system works, the comics were mixed in with the non-fiction books.

?It is a great way to explore a new medium,? she said. ?There are some very technical sides. Professionals use a lot of computers to get what they need done. You also have a very creative outpouring in that this is your drawing, this is your story. How you do that will impact how people read it.?

A fan of comics herself, Cook said the medium is a good way for people to become stronger readers. With the rise of comic-inspired movies such as The Avengers and DC shows, the library decided to highlight comics. Cook said the library had received a grant to expand its comic section.

For more information on the class or the comic section, contact the library at 653-2726.