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: