EVENT: Automatic Comics

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The GeekERIE and the Erie County Public Library will present two comics jams for kids 8 to 16 on September 15 and October 20.  We’ll start at 6 PM sharp!  There are only 30 spaces per jam, so reservations are appreciated.  Call 451-6927 to sign up.  Any questions can go to Marcy Hall at mhall@eriecountygov.org or 451-6959.

If you’re unfamiliar with a comics jam, it’s a round-robin story telling activity that pits creators against the clock.  It looks a bit like this:

  • Teams of three,  up to ten teams.  It’s unlikely that if you come with people that you’ll stay with them.   Everyone is going to make new friends this night.
  • Teams will have five minutes to create a character who will star in their strip.  It doesn’t have to be a superhero; it doesn’t have to even be a person!
  • Then the round-robin storytelling begins!  Each team member will have seven minutes to create a panel to begin the story.  At the end of seven minutes, the page will be passed to the next person who will have seven minutes to continue the story. This goes on until all team members have gone twice and six panels have been created.

Forty-two minutes is not a lot of time to get a story “perfect”, but a perfect story isn’t the point.  The point is that a story happened, created by people working together, and that is beautiful.

With the permission of the creators’ parents, The GeekERIE will print all the comic strips into a book and donate a copy to the library.  How cool will it be for kids to see their work as part of the library’s collection, and to own that character officially? Yes, copyright will belong to the creators!  Parents can order their own copy as well, to show off to friends and relatives.


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