It may have started on the funny pages, but now the art of comics can portray almost any story. Deservedly, comics are recognized as a legitimate art form, both in a visual and literary sense. Comics like the graphic novel Spell Checkers from Oni Press represent this.
Spell Checkers is a collaboration between visual artists Joelle Jones and Nicolas Hitori De, and writer Jamie Rich. The volume follows snarky teenage witches, imparting a wealth of wit and humor with illustrations and dialogue that create a full-picture narrative. This type of evolution in the visual and written story is what Boise Art Museum's Comics at the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic Novel exhibit is all about.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, fans can enjoy a whole day of all things comics at BAM. There will be two workshops, the first from 10 a.m. to noon, for aspiring artists ages 9-16, which covers the basics. Professional artists will work with participants in developing intriguing characters and storylines, which will result in a finished product.
The second workshop, from 2-5 p.m., is about making comics a career, for ages 17 and older. The workshop will feature Jones and Rich sharing info about drawing, publishing and pursuing a career in comic arts. The two will also be on hand from noon to 1 p.m. for a meet-and-greet and book signing.
From 7-9 p.m., you can check out Thought Bubbles: A Conversation with the ACLU, which features Erik Henriksen, a comics writer and editor for the Portland Mercury, and a representative from the ACLU. They will dive into the history of comics and freedom of speech in conjunction with the exhibition.