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YWW Portland: Mark Fearing
October 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Graphic Novels and Time and Space
Mark Fearing will lead the Young Willamette Writers in an exploration of a different form of storytelling – graphic novels. Here’s what he says about his talk: “There’s no one way to make a graphic novel. I’ll share the mistakes I make in creating GN’s. But there’s more! Learn the rules in order to break them. Find a voice in your art and your writing. Be prepared for questions: Do illustrations overpower words? Do words clog up the visual story telling? Is one side of the author/illustrator equation more important? We will go in depth on creating graphic novels. Please come prepared with some opinions on the GN’s you think work best and why.”
About Mark Fearing
Raised by a pack of wild geese, Mark learned to fly at an early age. No? How about — raised by gophers Mark learned to dig extremely fast at a young age. No matter the truth, I can say that I grew up near St. Paul, Minnesota, and ended up graduating from The University of Wisconsin, Madison. I enjoyed studying ancient art history, comparative literature and Chinese, but ended up with a BFA focused on design. I proceeded to work in politics, advertising and graphic design in Madison until I transferred myself to Los Angeles where I worked in graphic design, motion graphics, video games, animation for TV and film and created several TV shows that never saw the light of day or even the glow of a TV. I later attended the MFA program in animation at UCLA where I made The Thing with No Head. The best animated short ever made. Ever. OK. That’s subjective. I ended up working as an art director for Sony Online, a new media creative director for Pearson Television and a current production manager for Walt Disney TV Animation. Along the way I was writing and illustrating books—sending them out and enjoying the resulting letters that varied between, “You should never work in children’s books,” and “Send more samples!” In 2007 a small publisher in Long Beach published several of my comic books. In 2009, Tricycle Press published The Book That Eats People, which I illustrated, and since then I have been fortunate enough to work on many books which you can read about on this site and if you order the books or check them out from a library you can read the actual books. My favorite genres are science fiction, horror and humor. Or a combination of all three. And oddly enough, geese didn’t teach me to fly. It was the gophers that taught me that. Who’d a guessed!?