Friday, December 5, 2014

Over-Break Sketch Challenges!!

You heard it right, kiddos!

 There was enough interest in the a sketch challenge during breaks for us to start hosting them! They'll be online only but feel free to get together and draw with your buds! We, the participating students, can still vote on the Sketch Challenge subject via the facebook page or you can email us at with a suggestion/vote. The sketch challenge rules are still the same! Send your finished piece to the same email mentioned above! Remember the sketch challenge is 90 minutes long!

 Stay tuned to see what our talented crop of artists cook up in just 90 minutes!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thank you! (Artist Forum Overview)

Thank you to special guests Van Jensen, Tradd Moore, and Matt Wilson, not only for the amazing advice but for all the personal anecdotes that proved everyone gets into comics different! It was so nice to hear each of you talk about your experiences in the industry. We hope you had just as much fun as we did!

Our panelists from left to right: Matt Wilson, Van Jensen, Tradd Moore
These page gurus had an open Q&A with the students before the workshops.

Some students were so excited for this forum they even got there before the guests!! Check out this tweet from SEQA student Emily Barnard!

Some pictures from Tradd Moore's "How to choreograph a fight scene" workshop! Students even got to thumbnail a fight scene and show it to Tradd for feedback. How cool is that?! (Super cool.)

Matt Wilson dropped some serious coloring knowledge on us in this workshop!!

Van Jensen talked story and some handy tricks, like the chart shown above, to keep in mind while telling a story.

Thank you again for coming, guys! Hope to see you again soon!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Student Spotlight: Luciano A.D. Perez

Today we are proud to present Luciano Perez! Also known as a member of the Good Hair Club, Luciano Perez works to include latin@ and trans representation into his comics while trying not to lack a spirit of fun and groan-worthy humour. He thinks representation in comics is important!

 He is something-like-a-junior and is known for his speed and for drawing at a size relative to his own tiny stature.  Influenced by the works of Tessa Stone, Art Spiegalman, Pendelton Ward, and Mike Mignola. Luc's favourite activities include spotting blacks and inking lines over loose pencils. He enjoys both working on pages and illustrations. To keep up with Luc you can visit his tumblr!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Student Spotlight: Jaime Franks

Today we are proud to put the spotlight on Jaime Franks!! Jaime Franks is an aspiring comic artist that transferred to SCAD in 2012. He is a self taught artist who has always had a passion for drawing for as long as he can remember, but the catalyst that inspired him to pursue a career in creating comics was his discovery of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball when he was in the fourth grade. Inspired by Dragon Ball’s clean art, engaging action, and entertaining story, he desired to tell such exciting tales of his own and thus Toriyama became his biggest artistic influence growing up.

Later on in his life, other artists such as Eiichiro Oda, Hirohiko Araki, Jamie Hewlett, Jaime Hernandez, and Mike Mignola would become influences on his work. Comics are not the only source of Jaime’s influences. Ever since he was in high school, music has been a major source of his creativity as well. Bands such as Gorillaz, The Clash, The Stranglers, Gnarls Barkley, Talking Heads, and Daft Punk have all played their part in shaping his artistic vision.

Jaime hopes to one day become a well renowned comic artist known for creating unique, creative, and entertaining comics!!  You can check out his work at

Monday, October 20, 2014


Advising will be held this Friday at 11:00 A.M. in room 384! A sign up sheet will be posted outside my office (room 382) on Tuesday at 10:40 A.M.

In order for you to be advised, you must print your name on the sign-up sheet and be in 384 at 11:00. Once we have gone through all present bodies who have signed the sheet, the advising session will be over. So get there early!

 See everyone there!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Generate 24: Overview

Generate happened!! Generate is a challenge where students attempt to do 24 comic pages in 24 hours. No easy task to say the least. At SCAD: Atlanta our SEQA department did a fantastic job making Generate an interesting and engaging experience. We had prizes, special guests, even food! Our special guests walked around couching students on their pages and whatever help they may need, including some encouraging tweets!

In case you missed it, here are some highlights:

(Special guests: Marvel's Mike Marts and Katie Kubert dropping some knowledge.)

(Green Lantern writer Van Jensen checking out previous student spotlight Em Barnard's work!)

(Artist Meghan Hetrick sharing her portfolio with the students.)

(Virtual Tour of IDW's home base via iPAD)

(Students with Twitter received some encouraging words in the later hours from our special guest from Robot 6, Tim O'Shea) 

Congratulations to those who finished the challenge!! 24 pages in 24 hours is no easy feat but with a good work ethic and some major endurance skills, the following students completely the challenge! 

Mittie Paul
Jamel Jones
Anderson Carman
Jaime Frank

Special thank you to all of our sponsors. We would be able to have this amazing event without you. huge thank you to our very own Pat Quinn for organizing the event. You did an amazing job this year (like you do every year)!!

(pictures courtesy of Pat Quinn)

Student Spotlight: Brittany Heiner

Our Spotlight this week is a hardworking SEQA graduate student with a great attitude and top notch management skills. Brittany brings a positive attitude to everything she works on and works hard on it!! She carries herself as a professional, being kind, cool, and collected both in and out of working situations.

After finishing her illustration undergrad at Brigham Young University, she spent several years at a crafting company called Provo Craft, working as a cartridge content designer for their Cricut die-cutting machine. Her favorite part was working on licensed material, getting to play with vector art from Disney, Sanrio, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, and Warner Bros. She even got to visit the Warner Bros HQ in Burbank and meet some of their licensing execs. If you pick up the Superman Cricut cartridge, you'll find the font included is her handwriting! (like in the below example that someone posted online)

Ultimately, she wants to tell stories as a novelist and graphic novelist. Her current pet project is an adaptation she is doing of a Scarlet Pimpernel short story ("Fie, Sir Percy"), and She is hoping to pick back up soon with her webcomic, "Muse: the Hero Next Door." ( Her inspirations are a mix of comics and illustration including Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Gurihiru, John Byrne (Uncanny X-Men), Jody Lee, Drew Struzan, Bill Peet, JC Leyendecker, CLAMP, Keith Parkinson, Larry Elmore, Jim Lee, and Ryan Ottley.

To keep up with Brittany's work be sure to check out her blog and be sure to check out her webcomic, mentioned above!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Generate 24 Announcement- Special Guests!!

Official GENERATE announcement has been announced.

GENERATE = 24 page black & white comic in 24 hours. Starting with a 9:45am kick off near the homework labs, them starting at 10:00am in 384 and 389. Snacks throughout, but plan your own breakfast and lunch on Friday. Sandwiches for dinner, pizza at midnight and coffee starts at 3:00pm on Friday.

 1. IDW is a major sponsor again - prizes and Skype calls!
2. ComiXology will help promote your completed work through Submit (for those that choose to agree to the Submit terms available on their website - we will review again on Friday)
 3. You will have industry coaches on hand for the event...drumroll....Marvel editor Katie Kubert and Marvel executive editor Mike Marts will be here!!!! Be there and be prepared to rock!!
4. special guest VAN JENSEN - writer for DC, Valiant and Top Shelf will be popping in!

 Feel free to give all of our awesome sponsors shout-outs via social media...and promote your own awesomeness! IF you choose the OPTION of having your work available via ComiXology Submit - review their agreement here: We will discuss this more on Friday IF you choose the OPTION of publishing through ComiXology be sure to follow up with copyrighting your material here:

Monday, September 29, 2014

Student Spotlight: Chris Brunner

This weeks student spotlight is the swiss army knife of the art world. He's done everything from comics to concept art to storyboarding, even toy design and packaging! We are proud to present Chris Brunner! 

Armed to the teeth with experience, talent, and a good sense of humor, Chris is a top notch artist and a top notch guy. He is actually SCAD Atlanta's tutor in Sequential Art and hosts a tutoring lab from 2pm to 4pm on Fridays. If you need someone to look to for help in concept art, storyboarding, coloring, lettering, almost anything you should give Chris a holler by booking an appointment through the tutoring center on mySCAD.

 His personal style mixes realism with exaggerated proportion. Acting as a team with Rico Renzi, long time friend and colorist, Brunner and Renzi's finished pieces exhibit vibrant and energetic palettes bringing us into an exaggerated and animated reality unique to their work.

He has had his hand in every part of making comics too. Even as far as post-production! According to his deviantart page his materials of choice include HB pencil, Zebra Brush Pen, Photoshop, Microns and Top menthol. His inspiration includes the work of Wally Wood, Ira Glass, and Jim Henson. 

This skill filled punk is one of the coolest cats in the department and we're happy to have him in the Temple of Cartoon Mojo. If you'd like to keep up with the kickstand kids, Rico and Chris, be sure to visit their blogspot, tumblr, and deviantart. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Steven Universe Sketch Challenge

Hank Jones

Zach C. Driggers

Quentin Peterson

Anderson Carman

Jasmine Mimms

Jaime Franks

Monday, September 22, 2014

Student Spotlight: Em Barnard

Our first student spotlight of Fall Quarter is a Sequential Art undergrad infamous for both her work ethic and personal style. Fashionable, artistically unique, and hard working, Em Barnard is a storytelling worth talking about. Her narratives touch on subjects that are hard to swallow such as bullying and coping with anxiety. Terrifyingly real, her comics showcase intense emotion throughout the discourse of the story and sometimes even explores a more fantastical element through the supernatural. Not to say Em doesn't have a sense of humor. She also makes small personal strips and doodles about her daily life in a simpler, sketchier style.

Em didn't get into comics until going to SCAD's summer seminars her senior year of high school. Much like a passion for comics, inspiration can come from anywhere and strike at any time! Her inspiration lies in a variety of web comics, such as Tessa Stone's Hanna's Not A Boy's Name, and a wide range of European comics. Between her organic use of line and her library of rough textures, Em's work demonstrates a contrast between the environments and the characters that harkens back to Cartoon Network's 2008 series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Below are two pages from her short comic Kodama.

Em doesn't just apply her storytelling chops to comics either! She has an interest in storyboarding and character design as well. Example boards below from Amatures (Warning: A  single cuss word.)

We are honored to have Em Barnard as a member and we expect amazing things from her! If you'd like to contact Em or check out more of her work be sure to visit her website or email her at!