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All programs are custom designed and can include a combination of workshops and talks.

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WORKSHOP: YOU CAN DO A GRAPHIC NOVEL

Barbara Slate, author of the acclaimed book, You Can Do a Graphic Novel, believes that everybody can do a graphic novel. It may not sell a million copies, but everybody can write a story and draw. The students create a character bible (name, age, biggest fear, goal in life, etc.) and start laying out panels using stick figures. Those who are advanced will get a critique of their work and be able to take their graphic novel to the next level. Whether it's a one day program, once a week for 4 weeks, or a semester, your students will be inspired!

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Students Improve Writing Skills Through Study of Graphic Novels

INTERACTIVE TALK: YOU CAN DO A GRAPHIC NOVEL

Barbara gives tips on the creative process, character development, and laying out a page, with an on-screen presentation based on her book, You Can Do a Graphic Novel. The talk can vary in length to suit different program schedules.

The Creative process is really about getting to know yourself.

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TALK: MY LIFE IN COMICS

Having written over 300 comics and graphic novels, Barbara talks about her career in the fiercely male dominated super-spandexed world of comic books.As the writer of Barbie, Betty, Veronica, Angel Love, Pocahontas, and many more, she was able to get her own voice heard. Barbara's tale begins in the early 1970's with her creation of Ms. Liz, the first feminist greeting card, and continues to her graphic novel, Getting married and Other Mistakes.

An exhibition is available.

Angel Love, created, written and drawn by Barbara SlateYuppies from Hell: Three part satiric graphic novel for Marvel ComicsCreator, writer & artist of Sweet XVIVioletCreator and writer of Soho ZoeIllustrator of Truly Mars & Venus by John GrayWriter of Barbie and Barbie Fashion comicsWriter of Barbie and Barbie Fashion comicsWriter of Disney's Pocahontas comicsWriter of 13 Beauty and the Beast Comics Writer of ArchieBarbara Slate's Betty StoriesWriter of VeronicaWriter of Betty & VeronicaWriter of New Kids on the BlockWriter of New Kids on the BlockFurby Hi-C BoxesColumn: You Can Do a Graphic Novel