Three Quarters Down

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We managed to hit the end of the third quarter on Thursday, and suddenly, it feels as if the 2023-24 is flying by. Normally, the third quarter feels like a slog, but not this year. I love that the administration gives us the day after each quarter for grading, so this was a welcome three-day […]

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MICA Influences

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I am a child of the Silver Age. My touchstones and reference points are the DC and Marvel Comics of the era and the myriad of smaller publishers who populated the Bronze Age. When I lectured this past week on writing dialogue, all my visuals came from those eras, which was fresh to the students. […]

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Gearing Up for Semester Two at MICA

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Adding Making Graphic Novels at MICA definitely made for some tiring weeks, but I was genuinely energized as I worked with the students on their 30-page stories. Only two flamed out, which is not a surprise. But, those who finished the work delivered some strong stories or chapters in their larger works. We were blessed […]

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So, What Kind of Year has it Been?

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My 2023 New Year’s Resolution was to write at least one blog a week, and I failed at that miserably with just 30 out of the hoped-for-52. Looking back, 2023 wasn’t a bad year. There were certainly highlights and, thankfully, a few low points. So, I guess you could call it a good one. Turning […]

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Making Graphic Novels is Fun

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I had no idea what to expect when I stepped into room 413 of the Fox Building. I knew I told my students we’d start at 5 but as I hurried in at 4:40, the room was already full of expectant people. They knew me only by what they read and Jose Villarubia’s sterling recommendation, […]

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The First Week

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Two firsts this week, and it makes me very thankful we followed four days of classes with a four-day weekend. After four days to prep, the 2023-24 academic year began on Monday. I find it interesting that more than a few veterans found themselves nervous as we arrived. We’d already had freshmen orientation the previous […]

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Call me Professor Bob

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I’ve casually known creator Jose Villarrubia for decades, and back in March, I saw on Instagram that he lived in Baltimore, a fact that I had missed. When I said something about being in the same area, a series of dominoes began tumbling, resulting in a brand-new opportunity. The following day he reached out to […]

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