To-Do Before Class

  • READ: The Arrival
  • READ: The Magic Fish

Topic: Final Project & Magic and Metaphor


  • To continue exploring page-building & layout techniques
  • To share working methods
  • To review individual Project Progress


Warm Up!

Reading Discussion: Stitches

Upcoming Reading:

11/28: American-Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang, First Second Books

12/05: Almost American Girl – Robin Ha

DEMO: Sandy’s Lettering Hack

Myth, Magic, and Metaphor

  • The Arrival

Here is an in-depth analysis of The Arrival and how it uses comics language to create this wordless epic, and another about Shawn Tans’ surrealist work in general.

The Magic Fish

Here are some of Trung Nguyễn ‘s processwork and style sheets.

Activity: Using Shawn Tan’s The Arrival, David Small’s Stitches, and Katie Green’s Lighter than My Shadow as examples, draw your main character’s inner world.

Stuck for where to begin? Check out Sterling Hundley on IDEATION


Review Assignments and Expectations for Next Week’s Class

Due Next Week

  1. FINAL ART – *see schedule*
    • POST your work in progress to DISCORD
  2. REVIEW: Lettering Resources Page
  3. Continue Diary IF IT IS HELPFUL