Archive for the ‘Teaching’ Category

Anatomy for Cartoonists Workshop

April 14, 2010

My pals Bob and Kriota are giving this very interesting workshop:

Understanding the way the body looks and works helps illustrators and cartoonists draw their characters so that the artwork conveys personality. This course will teach students how to create real or imaginary characters — in any style — that are consistent and believable.

Through PowerPoint presentations, in-class exercises, and at-home assignments, students will learn to see and draw the structures and tissues that give the body shape and character. Willberg will — literally! — draw on live models to trace muscle groups and body landmarks. Sikoryak will demonstrate the application of anatomical understanding to any cartooning style. Students will practice drawing from live models in class and learn to apply the lessons to their own characters.

Note: Students will need to bring drawing materials — see MoCCA website for details. This is a life- drawing class, nude models will be employed.

Anatomy for Cartoonists with R.Sikoryak & Kriota Willberg
4 Sessions – April 19 & 26, May 3 & 10 6:30-9:00 pm
$275 tuition — $250 for MoCCA members

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401 (btwn. Houston and Prince) NY, NY 10012
For more information and to register, call 212-254-3511

Graphic Novel to Film presentations

April 6, 2010

 Well, it’s that time of year again. The students in my Graphic Novel to Film class have pick the subjects for their final presentations. It can be any comics to film adaptation that we hadn’t covered in class. Here’s the rundown:




This student is also looking at the earlier B&W, non-musical film.



This student is also looking at the the TV Hulk movie where they tried to introduce Rex Smith as Daredevil


Seriously, I haven’t the slightest idea what this is.


This student is also looking at the Thomas Jane and the Dolph Lundgren versions.




X-student department #3

October 21, 2009

Check out Kick Girl, the comic book by my former student Val Hochberg.

X-student department #2

October 20, 2009

Take a look at G’nerds, the webcomic by my former student Sergio Ragno.

X-student department #1

October 19, 2009


Check out Witch Knots, the new comic by my former student Ira Marcks.

Pre-enjoyed shopping – Part 2

September 7, 2009

Well, we’re back to doing the Netflix, but thank heavens for Blockbuster. If it wasn’t for them where else would I get used DVDs for a fraction of the cost of new?

On a recent trip to see my folks I bought, for $20 total, Punisher: War Zone, the first season of The Boondocks and The Spirit.

My wife asked, “Why did you buy a movie you didn’t like?”

I answered, “Because I’m an idiot.”

Actually I collect films that originated as comics. I even teach a college course on it. And I really love the behind-the-scenes stuff, especially commentaries. And now that I teach this course I do feel I need to keep up on this stuff.

(Sorry that it took me so long to get to Part 2. If you care about Part 1, here it is.

“Graphic Novel to Film” class update

April 1, 2009

I posted here about the “Graphic Novel to Film” class I’m teaching at Gettysburg College and what we’d be covering. Well, the students have picked their subjects for their final presentations (the selection field was broadened to include all comics). Here they are in no particular order:

Tank Girl

From Hell


X-men: X2

The Tick (both animated and live-action TV shows)

Men In Black (film, perhaps animated TV show)

Devil’s Backbone/ Paracuellos

Captain America (awful 90s movie, awful 70’s TV show, maybe old serials)


Lone Wolf and Cub

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The Mask (film, perhaps animated TV show)


Daredevil (film, perhaps guest starring role in Hulk TV movie)

Faculty show

January 21, 2009

I’ll be in the Visual Arts Department Faculty Exhibition at Gettysburg College that’ll run from January 22 to March 6. I’ll be showing originals of Bo Nanas, Jack N. Box, Great Scott and Me, Myself and my Puppet .

If you’re tramping around southern central Pennsylvania this week, the reception will be Thursday, January 22, 5-7 pm and there will be an artist’s talk Friday, January 23 at noon. (I believe snacks will be at both.)


My new class – “Graphic Novel to Film”

January 19, 2009

My new class at Gettysburg College started on Friday. I mentioned this class when I posted about why I was not going to review Frank Miller’s film version of The Spirit. Here’s a list of what we’re going to be looking at:

(Even though “graphic novel” has become it’s own genre in the public’s mind, I’m expanding the definition for the class to be “work done under one creator”. Let’s face it, a graphic novel is just a long comic.)

The Spirit (2008 flop and 1987 TV movie)
Sin City
American Splendor
Ghost World
The Rockteer
V for Vendetta
(live action film “Asterix and Obelix vs Caesar” and animated feature)
(by Osamu Tezuka)
Road to Perdition
History of Violence

And for the mid-term paper:
Tales from the Crypt
(the HBO TV series)

Comics go to the movies – The Spirit VS my new class

January 7, 2009

And the winner is…my new class.

Let me explain.

I went to see cartoonist-turned-director Frank Miller’s film version of Will Eisner‘s classic 40’s character “The Spirit” on the day it opened – December 25th. And I could tell you what I thought…but I’m not going to. See, I’m teaching a new class next semester called “Graphic Novel to Film” and we’ll be studying The Spirit. And it doesn’t seem right for me to be tossing around my opinion if, by some slim chance, one of my future students should read this.

It’s a pretty interesting combination though: one cartoonist interpreting another cartoonist’s creation and able to do it in his own visual style because of the advances of digital film making.

First, the original:

Then Miller’s drawn interpretation:

(Here’s an interesting piece about the poster campaign that came after the one above. It’s an audio “slideshow” with the art director.)

…then Miller’s version translated to a real live human:

BONUS: Did you know there was a 1987 Spirit TV movie? It starred Sam Jones, who was also Flash Gordon in the cheesy 1980 film version. (Wow. That’s one very blue suit.)