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).
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!