I've written an essay for the online comics and literary magazine Solrad about the evolution of Young Adult and Coming-of-Age as genres.
You can read the full piece here: solrad.co/a-look-back-to-young-adult-and-coming-of-age-growing-up-with-skim-laura-dean-keeps-breaking-up-with-me
Last year, I was invited to teach two workshops at The Animation Workshop, in Viborg, Denmark, but due to the actual circumstances, the workshops were taught online.
Still, I had the privilege and pleasure to mentor the talented group of students of the Illustration Professional Training Course who created all these amazing comics only in the last two weeks. They excelled all my expectations and I couldn't be more excited to share the result with you all.
I'm so happy and proud to have been part of this experience and I hope we get to meet, someday, and draw together again in 2021!
Go check all their comics in our blog: awplumplum.tumblr.com
ComEdu Exhibition @ Amadora Comics Festival
From October 27th until November 3rd, you can visit in Portugal the exhibition of our project, ComEdu: Comics for Education. I designed the set and curated the show along with some of my colleagues. We also directed a workshop and a presentation during the festival.
The exhibition features works from 20 different authors, myself included.
Comics, as a visual narrative, allow us to communicate complex ideas in a simple and engaging way, giving us the ability to understand relevant topics and ideas based on a story and created with paper and pen.
This exhibition is the result of the first international meeting in Riga, Latvia in January 2019, where 20 artists and educators from Latvia, Estonia and Portugal over the course of a week created comics on topics and subjects relevant in youth work. The main purpose of our comics is the possibility to use them in non-formal education. We are taking advantage of comics' educational qualities, readability and appealing features.
The exhibited works and reproductions were born in collaborative processes that included elements from the three participating countries. The comics will become tools used by youth workers, educators, teachers and students and also available to be shared and distributed in schools, educational and social centers, libraries, museums and other places of cultural and educational interest.
Participants: Catarina França, Daniela Viçoso, Maria Goes, Joana Mosi, Andreia Alves, Vítor Marques, Giulia Corrascello, Laura Kõiv, Leene Künnap, Liisi Grünberg, Maari Soekov, Dace Andersone, Mark Antonius Puhkan, Brigita Medne, Dasha Goga, Irina Spakova, Dagne Aaramae, Mari Jõgist, Normunds Ozols, Kristīne Martinova, Kristi Markov, Amanda Baeza, Sanita Muižniece, Sintija Lase
ComEdu: Creating Comics for Education is a strategic partnership between Grafiskie Stāsti (Latvia), NGO Mondo (Estonia) and Rota Jovem (Portugal), supported by Erasmus +: Youth in Action.
On 17th of July, I was invited to spend a day with the kids of FVP Foundation, in Telheiras, in Lisbon.
We spent the day together talking about and making comics. The children had to depict their neighborhood in pictures and text, drawing about what they saw and what got stuck in their memories.
It was a nice and fun way to introduce comics as a form of writing, thinking and preserve memory.
Throught this link, you can access the FVP blog and read some of the comics that were made.
No dia 17 de Julho, fui convidada a passar o dia com o grupo de crianças da Fundação Vox Populli, em Telheiras, em Lisboa.
Passámos o dia juntos a conversar e fazer Banda Desenhada. As crianças tiveram que retratar o bairro de Telhereiras através de imagens e texto, desenhando sobre o que viram e o que ficou preso na sua memória.
Foi uma maneira simples e divertida de introduzir a banda desenhada como uma forma de escrever, pensar e preservar a memória.
Neste link, podem aceder ao blog da FVP e ver os trabalhos que foram feitos.
This Summer, I had the pleasure to start working with a new school, Nextart, in the center of Lisbon. During the month of July, I conducted two distinct summer courses: Introduction to Comics and My Own Story in Comics.
It was a very fun and energetic experience. Each course had 4 sessions, for 2 weeks. Both courses repeated in the second fortnight of the month, which means I had the chance of getting to 4 different amazing and diverse groups of students.
Introduction for Comics had a more technical approach to comics language. My Own Story in Comics was a experimental course, that used the intertextual language of comics applied to fun games and exercises.
For both courses, I re-used and adapted some exercises, teachings and lessons by Lynda Barry, Ivan Brunetti and Paul Klee.
Starting November, I'll be then teaching a longer comics course for people who want to develop a project of their own. The classes will be divided by exercices and autonomous work. My main role will consist in tutoring and monitoring the process of each student, individually.
So, If you happen to be around Lisbon, make sure to apply.
I'll post more news some, but here's some pictures from the summer classes for now.
Olá a todos!
Neste verão, tive o prazer de começar a trabalhar numa nova instituição, Nextart, no centro de Lisboa. Durante o mês de Julho, dirigi dois cursos de verão distintos: Introdução às Banda Desenhada e A Minha História em BD.
Foi uma experiência muito divertida e energética. Cada curso teve 4 sessões, durante 2 semanas. Ambos os cursos se repetiram na segunda quinzena do mês, o que significa que tive a chance de chegar a 4 diferentes e surpreendentes grupos de alunos.
O curso de Introdução à Banda Desenhada teve uma abordagem mais técnica e inicial ao que é a linguagem da narrativa visual. A Minha História em BD foi um curso mais experimental, que utilizou a linguagem intertextual da BD aplicada a jogos de grupo e experiências divertidas.
Para ambos os cursos, reutilizei e adaptei alguns exercícios, ensinamentos e lições de Lynda Barry, Ivan Brunetti e Paul Klee.
A partir de Novembro deste ano, realizarei um novo curso de BD, mais longo, especialmente dedicado a pessoas que queiram desenvolver um projeto próprio. As aulas serão divididas por exercícios e trabalho autónomo. O meu papel enquanto formadora consistirá em orientar e acompanhar o processo de cada aluno, individualmente.
Portanto, se estiverem por Lisboa, não se esqueçam de se inscreverem, através do site da escola.
Vou postar mais novidades em breve mas até lá, aqui estão algumas fotos dos curso de Verão.
It's the second year in a row that I've been invited to collaborate with the organization of ReadON: Almada Festival of Literature.
ReadON is a European project that is being developed in four different countries, thought activities related to literacy, culture and youth education, This Festival, that in Portugal is planed in Almada, happened between 23 and 25th of May.
On this Festival, I organized a zine fair, with different artists showcasing and selling their work. I've also moderated two panels with artists and writers about illustration and comics.
You can read more about the festival and ReadON project here.
For the last month, I've had the pleasure to work with the National Reading Plan, who invited me to illustrate and design the official poster of World Book Day's march, and collaborate in the planning of the event itself.
Students, teachers, book lovers, authors and many others marched together in the center of Lisbon to promote reading, love for books and literacy.
Besides the poster, I also designed this open-book-shaped flyers, that could be held by the students during the march.
Last weekend, 9 and 10th of March, I was in Coimbra for CoimbraBD comics festival.
I monitored two workshop sessions about Comics and Micro-narratives about daily life.
On the first session, we made a little zine about ourselves, drawn by other participants.
The second session was more introspective; the guests were challenged to draw a four panel comic inspired on a personal theme.
Here are some pictures:
On sunday 10th, I hosted a open talk with different female comic artists: Joana Afonso, Rita Alfaiate e Sofia Neto. We talked about our work, creative process and answered some questions from the public.
At last, I finally got to hold my new book - The Other Side of Z - that was published by Kingpin Books in partnership with ComicHeart and Gfloy - Portugal, simultaneously in Portuguese and English languages.
The book will be officially presented next saturday, 16th March, in Kingpin Books store, Lisbon, by 4pm.
See you there!
Next weekend, March 9 and 10, I will be in CoimbraBD for the first time, thanks to Bruno Caetano's invitation, along with many others and other artists, some of whom I share a collective exhibition with (Women in Portuguese Comics' Scene of XXI century)
In addition to the exhibition, I will be teaching a workshop about comics and self expression, and presenting the a new book I've illustrated, under the script and words of Nuno Duarte. O Outro Lado de Z (The Other Side of Z) is published by Kingpin Books, in partnership with G Floy Studio - Portugal and Comic Heart.
See you there!
No próximo fim de semana, 9 e 10 de Março, vou estar pela primeira vez no CoimbraBD, a convite do Bruno Caetano, em conjunto com muitos outros e outras artistas incriveís, algumas das quais com quem partilho uma exposição colectiva.
Para além da exposição, vou ministrar um workshop de Banda Desenhada e vai ser lançado o album que ilustrei sob o argumento do Nuno Duarte, O Outro Lado de Z, publicado pela Kingpin Books, em parceira com a G Floy Studio - Portugal e Comic Heart
Espero lá por vocês!
Last week, I was invited to visit Du Bocage High School, in Setúbal, to direct two workshops: one for 7th graders and another 11th graders, majoring Arts.
It was a very energizing experience! Before the workshop, I had the opportunity to speak in the auditorium about Comics, Visual Thinking and Communication, and also about my work as an art teacher and comic book artist.
Thank you so much for this opportunity! Can't wait to come back :)
Here are some pictures I took during the workshops: