Camp Comics Registration 2023

Camp Comics!

Hosted by the UBC School of Creative Writing

Saturday, July 15, 9:30am to 5:30pm

Outside in the Forest Courtyard, Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Drive, UBC
This location is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible washroom.


9:30-9:45am: Welcome
10am-11:30am: S’mores Comics Workshop with Taylor Brown-Evans
11:40am-1:10pm: Camp Friends Workshop with Marian Churchland
1:10pm-2:00pm: LUNCH BREAK
2:10pm-3:40pm: Telling Stories without Words with Napatsi Folger
3:50pm-5:20pm: Explore, Observe, Draw with Tajliya Jamal
5:20pm-5:30pm: Celebratory and Sad Farewells!

Please read before registering:

  • You may register for as many workshops as you like.
  • We are offering a sliding scale starting at $0. Please pay the full amount if you are able to and choose a lower amount if you need to.
  • We have room for 25 participants and will keep a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Cancellation policy:
You can receive a full refund if you cancel before July 1, 2023. Cancellations after that date will not receive a refund.

Email confirmations:
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Workshop 1: 10am-11:30am. S'mores Comics - Taylor Brown-Evans
The s’more is a weird campfire confection that combines chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows. Each of these elements are delicious on their own but together make a messy and delectable treat that is somehow more than the sum of its parts. Comics are the same! In this workshop we’ll play with unexpected combinations of pictures, words, panels and pages mushed together into equally messy and surprisingly sweet creations. Also, there may be actual s’mores.
Workshop 2: 11:40am-1:10pm. Camp Friends: Visual Characterization in Comics - Marian Churchland
When we’re thrown into a group of strangers, we immediately look around us and wonder who our friends are going to be – especially if we’ll be stuck with those friends for an entire summer! In this workshop we will take a close look at all the subtle, subtextual clues that tell us somebody is a potential friend (or enemy); then we will practice incorporating them into our comics as a technique for adding visual depth to scenes and characters.
Workshop 3: 2:10pm-3:40pm. Telling Stories Without Words - Napatsi Folger
Summer crushes and fast friends are what camp is all about! And we all remember being hormonal pre-teens, terrified of saying how we really felt lest we be judged by our terrifying and electrifying peers. So we stumbled through the delicate dance of social and physical cues. Were you coy or bold or shy? Whatever the answer, we were always looking at the silent actions of our campmates to figure out the social order. Learn some techniques for telling your story with everything but text. From putting your panels and gutters to work, to the art of expressive facial and body language, Napatsi Folger will help you make your comics more dynamic.
Workshop 4: 3:50pm-5:20pm. Explore, Observe, Draw - Tajliya Jamal
Summer camp is full of adventure and so are comics! And sometimes making comics is less about creating an adventure from your head and more about documenting the little adventures you're already on. Try your hand at diaristic comics, turning your observations into a catalogue to use in your storytelling! This session will include observational drawing, some writing prompts, and a collage approach to story building.
Price: $ 0.00 CAD
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