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Comics & Beer: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Spend the afternoon at the NCSML enjoying a Czech-style pilsner (or other beer of your choice) and working on that artistic flair! What’s this event all about? Beer, comics, and new friends at the NCSML. No prior comic-drawing experience is required for this hands-on workshop.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Character Development and Comics
Do you have a character in your life that would be perfect for a comic? Maybe your cat has supernatural powers, or your creepy neighbor is the perfect inspiration for a villain. Learn how to study the human condition, explore the ways that bodies can be read and represent emotions and character traits. Use the information you glean as fodder for your imagination and inspiration for unique and successful character development. In this interactive workshop we will tell stories, draw images, and talk about the roles and attributes of different characters. At the end of the workshop you will have the blueprint for at least one amazing and intriguing character.

RachelWilliamsUIComicsRachel Marie-Crane Williams is an artist and teacher currently employed as an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. She has a joint appointment between the School of Art and Art History and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. Her work as a researcher and creative scholar has always been focused on women’s issues, community, art, and people who are incarcerated. She earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University and an MFA (Studio Art) and a Ph.D.(Art Education) from Florida State University.
American alternative/single creator comics and graphic novels have been at the heart of her creative scholarship for the past few years. Her graphic scholarship has been published by the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, and the International Journal of Comic Art. Her current projects include a graphic novel about the Detroit Race Riots of 1943, a mini comic about police brutality, and The Prison Chronicles, a series of stories about working in women’s prisons.
$5 for NCSML Members
$6 for General Public
Tickets include admission to the event and materials. Cash bar available! Beer is purchased separately. Must be 21 or older to buy or consume alcoholic beverages. Buy tickets soon – they may not be available at the door!
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April 9, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
$5 – $6
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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library


National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
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Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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