Earlier in September I had the chance to spend the day with students at East Middle School in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where my sister Mrs. Hahn is the art teacher. I talked with them about my job as a cartoonist and answered some questions about Picket Line (my favorite was this: “Does your book have hippies?” “Um… yeah, I guess there are some hippies…” “Good – I love hippies!”) After my presentation, the students got to work on their own comics, first designing their characters, and then using panels, word balloons, and other comic devices to bring their stories to life.
After finishing their comics, a number of the students agreed to have them published here on Easel Ain’t Easy for all the world to enjoy. I had a blast working with them, and hopefully they’ll be inspired to keep drawing/writing/doodling right on into high school and beyond. Who knows, some of these young cartoonists may be the next Bill Watterson or Charles Schultz!
Read all of the student comics here! They are pretty awesome!