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Founder/Head Professor Bob Pendarvis has over 20 years of teaching experience, Having created and taught the first Comic Book Illustration classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design, going on to develop the curriculum for SCAD’s BFA and MFA Sequential Art programs, the first in the nation. Bob insisted right from the beginning that his classes would emphasize storytelling first and foremost, as opposed to stressing specific styles, tools, methodology, and “commercial appeal.”

Many art teachers compare their classes to a sort of artistic “boot camp,” where the weaker artists are guaranteed to fall behind and only the stronger, “true artists” will prevail. That’s fine for some people, but Bob’s approach is altogether different. He prefers keeping things more lighthearted, treating everyone in the class with the same amount of interest and respect, regardless of their relative drawing and/or writing skills. He knows that in any given class, a so-called superior student can easily come up short on an assignment, while an underrated, less-talented student can surprise everyone with a truly inventive solution to a problem. In Bob’s classes, constructive critiques pinpoint where students’ strengths and weaknesses are, and offer a number of suggestions for possible ways of improving the work. Bob explains to everyone what the parameters of each assignment are, but allows for as much creative freedom as possible. Having no wish to turn out clones of himself, Bob wants his students to learn how to see and correct their own problems, using solutions that may or may not be similar to what Bob or anyone else in the class suggested. No matter what everyone’s personal tastes, the bottom line is the project needs to communicate the right information to its intended audience, period.

Fighting decades of overt sexism in the comics industry, Bob created a female-friendly environment in his classes, which led to huge numbers of girls signing up to become Sequential Art majors. Bob was an early champion of manga, particularly shoujo manga, and his very first manga class included future Tokyopop creators Christy (RE:PLAY) Lijewski and Marty (BIZENGHAST)LeGrow. But many other girls preferred becoming alternative “indy” comics creators, not wanting to work for the mainstream comics companies for fear of having to deal with overbearing editorial interference. Girls like Jennie (THE DEVIL’S PANTIES) Breeden, Becky (TINY KITTEN TEETH) Dreistadt, Laurel (OLIVE PERIL) Shelley-Reuss, and Barbara (WORLD OF PUMPERNICKEL) Chapman  represent a new generation of female comics writers/illustrators who are charting their own paths and following their own hearts.

Alumni of Bob's classes have gone on to work for such companies as:
MARVEL DC COMICS VERTIGO
DARK HORSE IDW ARCHIE
ONI PRESS TOP SHELF TOKYOPOP
ARCHAIA AVATAR WHITEWOLF
TSR BOOM! IMAGE
ROCKSTAR GAMES WARNER BROS. ELECTRONIC ARTS
BIOWARE DREAMWORKS ANIMATION ADULT SWIM
FLOYD COUNTY PRODUCTIONS COMEDY CENTRAL NICKELODEON
LEAP FROG HASBRO TODD MCFARLANE TOYS
PBS INSOMNIAC STUDIOS KONAMI

Each six-week online class is available all year long, priced at only $350.00. All classes are specially tailored for each student, based on their background and current level of writing and drawing skills.

To sign up for one or more classes, all you need to do is write us at info@storydrawingschool.com.

For information about how to sign up for Bob's Comics Workshop classes at the GLYNN VISUAL ARTS CENTER on St. Simons Island, please go to www.glynnvisualarts.org or call 912-638-8770.



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