Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lifting Every Voice and Singing!

James Weldon Johnson

The twenty-third chapter of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings sees Maya Angelou recalling her eighth grade graduation ceremony. While this event is meant to be joyous, things take a turn for the worst when Mr. Edward Donleavy, a sort of school superintendent, gives an absolutely deflating speech. Fortunately, valedictorian Henry Reed saves the day by discarding his speech in favor of a more unconventional presentation.

Henry Reed leads the crowd in singing The Negro National Anthem.

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Inspiration? All You Need is a Fraction of Comics!

To most fully engage with the concept of scripting comic books, the Creative Writing classes have been diving headfirst into all things related to the paneled page. We’ve been reading comics, examining scripts, and even discussing the role of digital media in the distribution of sequential art.

If you have a few minutes, check out the video embedded above. In it, comics writer-extraordinaire MATT FRACTION shares his story. How does Fraction approach creativity, writing, art, and professionalism? Watch and find out!