Comics have been steadily making their way from featuring spandex-wearing super heroes and fantasy worlds towards more literary pursuits of fiction, memoir and even journalism. In our increasingly visual culture, non-fiction comics and graphic reporting have become a more prevalent tool for news outlets trying to engage different types of readers, so it’s important to understand how to effectively use the language of comics for this pursuit. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of structuring factual information into a narrative, maintaining a journalistic eye in a medium that deals with emotion, and how to most effectively combine images and words to deliver an impactful message. Comics can add a whole new dimension to how your stories are told, so join us to find out how!
Register for this free workshop: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comics-journalism-tickets-59076713039
About the presenter:
Mike Centeno is a Chicago-based cartoonist originally from Caracas, Venezuela. His comic strip “P.L Dermes” is a regular feature in the Chicago Reader, and he has also contributed graphic reportage to political/journalism comics outlet “The Nib” covering Venezuelan current affairs. His work has been featured as the image for the Chicago Zine Fest 2017, in the Latinx media outlet BeSe, and of course in the South Side Weekly.
About the series:
Since its founding in 2013, the South Side Weekly has been a teaching paper that offers people with varying levels of experience the opportunity to produce journalism and learn new skills.
We are deepening our commitment to this work with a new regular workshop series offering hands-on sessions in journalism basics. Workshops are taught by Weekly editors or by guest professional journalists, and are always free and open to the public.
Workshop attendees will learn about opportunities to use their new skills to produce work for the Weekly or other outlets in the Chicago area.
Thanks to PEN America for supporting this programming. Learn more at http://pen.org.