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Nov 5, 2012

Make your own comic book

There are many ways that youths can keep out of trouble and that includes joining groups such as the YWCA, YMCA and the boys and girls scouts. But arts are also another way in which youths can channel their energy. Last week a team of comic book creators came to Belize to show our youths how they can be creative in writing and in drawing. The team headed by Erica Alexander has developed their own science-fiction comic book called Concrete Park. News Five spoke to the comic book developers at the Bliss where they held a session with some Belize City youths.

 

Bruce Henry, President, Belize Diaspora Network

“I actually contacted Concrete Park and what we are doing here we are facilitating in association with NICH, in association with B.T.B., bringing Concrete Park to Belize and having them engage with the homeland and the students; teaching them exactly what a comic book is, what it is for them to come into Belize and actually work in the creative industry.”

 

Erica Alexander, Comic Book Writer

“When people talk about comic books, people usually think superhero and that is appropriate because superheroes kinda used to be something that people were embarrassed to say that they read. But now with Hollywood making more comic book movies, people are realizing that it is an art-form; that it is a noble art-form—that you are putting pictures and arts together to narrate and tell a story; to evoke an emotion. So we are also finding out that there have always been other stories around. The clinic is designed to teach artists how to tell their stories and how to story tell. And we find that when teach artists and anybody how to communicate their ideas, they can use that in any field—whether it is being an artist, performing, being a plotician, an entrepreneur. This is a world that is rapidly becoming a place that you have to know how your idea translates in the global world market. And so we are teaching those techniques here.”

 

Tony Perrier, Screenwriter

“I’m a screenwriter and so a lot of my training is in pacing my story—making sure the story has a certain rhythm. The way I express that is by drawing. I draw the panels, create the characters visual look, but it is up to me to figure out how the story proceeds on the page. Do I make a surprise when you turn the page? That’s the art of drawing comic books; it is to keep the reader flipping the pages.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“I know you’ve been to some schools this morning. What was it like at the schools you visited?”

 

Robert Alexander, Comic Book Writer

“Schools are brilliant. The faces, the energy, the schools are incredible. We went to Edward P. Yorke. We had very optimistic faces that were staring at us asking why do you do this and why do you do what you do. And we could tell that they wanted to be bigger and better than the place that they were and where they were coming from. And that is our thing to show them.”

 

The group was invited to the country by NICH, B.T.B. and the Belize Diaspora Network’s Bruce Henry.

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2 Responses for “Make your own comic book”

  1. Storm says:

    I like the project. Comic books can be an effective form of education and propaganda, not just idle entertainment.

  2. Jason Love says:

    That is a great idea. I do an animation workshop for kids and even though they may never make another animated short after the class they had the opportunity to experience something many don’t. Not to mention they can show off their artwork.

    -Jason Love
    http://www.jasonloveslife.com

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