"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  

So do it."


Kurt Vonnegut,

'A man without a country'

Comics are a genuine pop form of expression of the twentieth century.

They first appear as humorous drawings in newspapers, evolve into strips in the press and during the twentieth century they become a wholesome and independent form of narration.


At the same time, its origins go way back in ancient history. From the caves of Lascaux with the narrative sequential representations of everyday life to the Trajan's column and the byzantine frescoes, the combination of words and images in order to tell a story and transmit an idea is present all along of the history of human creation.


In the twentieth century this combination is standardized into a printable form, which in the American culture was called “comics”. By the second half of the twentieth century, this to which we insufficiently refer to as “comics”, gains respect and autonomy as a form of artistic expression. In French, a new term is proposed to better define it: bandes dessinées (drawn stripes). In English the term “graphic novel” is preferred. The French term focuses on the drawing aspect of this art, whereas the English one focuses on its narrative character. The truth is that this form of expression contains yet surpasses both descriptions. The possibilities it offers are infinite and there to explore.


In order to initiate this exploration, the Kimonos Art Center, at the beginning of its second active year, proposes a course of comics creation. The courses take seven months and offer an in depth learning of the tactics of comic writing and drawing. The students will learn how to conceive and write a scenario. They will see how a storyboard is created and how a page is composed keeping in mind the reading sequence. They will finally learn how to create (draw) the actual story.


Will Eisner's “Sequential Art” theory will be used as a point of reference, along with examples by some of the greatest works of the 9th art – as comics are now called world wide. Through these, the students will learn how to tell a story in images and words, while at the same time they will find their own personal way of doing so.

At the end of the year, all the stories created by the students will be gathered in a volume edited and published by the Kimonos Art Center.



Taught by Charalambos Margaritis




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