Something Else I’m Working On….

Because today is Easter and many of us didn’t realize it until last week, my showing was cancelled/postponed. But that’s okay, because now I have more time to prepare and make more art! :]

I’m still working on my Poets & Writers project. But I’m also working on an application to a residency program for graphic narrative. The deadline is in the middle of May but I really want to get my work together much sooner than that, especially since I think this residency is going to help immensely with my thesis. My plan is to walk you all through my process of selecting manuscripts and works-in-progress for the Master Artist to review.

Of course, as I write this I’m out of town and I don’t have any of the materials I need available so I can show you what I’m talking I hate saying this, but next week, really, you’re going to get an intensely awesome post! I mean it this time!

In the meantime, thanks for sticking around even if there haven’t been pretty pictures lately.

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Temporarily Switching Gears

I’ve recently come across a bit of a hang-up with working out of Abel & Madden’s Drawing Words & Writing Pictures–I’m missing art supplies! Currently I’m missing an Ames Lettering Guide for, well, lettering, and now I need to get myself a nib pen for inking. Rather than let myself get ahead by going through the chapters “theoretically” rather than “practically,” I’m going to switch gears for a few weeks and work on a project that came up for me while I was at the annual conference for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

While going through AWP’s massive bookfair, I met up with the editor of Poets & Writers and asked if he would be interested in a graphic essay. Last semester I wrote a pedagogy paper on incorporating graphic narrative into introductory creative writing classrooms, and it has always felt awkward being in prose–the essay feels like it needs to be drawn out as sequential art. Even though Poets & Writers does not publish pedagogy papers, the editor gave me his card and said he would be interested in learning more. So as of now, until I can get my art supplies and get back on track with working through Abel & Madden, I’ll be putting together a query for Poets & Writers. Wish me luck. :)

Photograph of copies of books listed in caption

Introductions All Around

Hello! My name is Leslie Salas and I’m a graduate student pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. This is a chronicle of my personal and professional growth in the field of Sequential Art (also known as “Graphic Narrative”), primarily as accountability and documentation of Independent Study, but I’m hoping to continue the venture long after the semester ends.

Here’s a basic overview of the project:

The textbook, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures: Making comics: manga, graphic novels and beyond, by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden, will serve as my primary text for this endeavor. Along with working through one chapter of this text a week, I will supplement with reading from Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art (a comic book about comic books that is very thorough on craft and technique) and Douglas Wolk’s Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean (a book on comics theory and criticism).

_Drawing Words & Writing Pictures_, by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden, _Understanding Comics_, by Scott McCloud, _Reading Comics_, by Douglas Wolk

A powerful triumvirate to guide me on my way to enlightenment.

I will post weekly updates on this blog to showcase my growth and reflect on the learning process. For my final project/exam, my choices are

    1) completing a “24-hour comic” that I will send out for publication,
    2) creating a syllabus for a Graphic Narrative undergraduate class, or
    3) writing a formal article on Graphic Narrative for publication in a magazine such as The Writer’s Chronicle or Poets & Writers.

This Independent Study class will require a lot of self-motivation on my behalf, but since I find this field absolutely fascinating, I don’t anticipate having any trouble. I’m a little behind on starting this blog (the first week of the semester is already over!), but I’m hoping to catch up in the next couple of days. I hope you’ll follow me on this journey!