Yesterday I attended the Woodbarn Workshop, and participated in a workshop my Father, who is a cartoonist, led. After my Father gave a short presentation on his career highlights and an introduction to the world of comic making, we put our knowledge into practice.
Our task was to collectively produce a mini fanzine, made up of each person making a comic based on their favourite film.
The challenge was to tell the story using only six panels. I based my comic on ‘The Layers’.
Bringing my own storyboards along definitely helped in terms of mapping out the visuals, but it was hard to choose only six images that would sum up the story. I decided to write the text from my own perspective- telling the story of my own Depression, rather than it being about Andie’s story. Andie in this case is me, and this was about my own reflection.
I was a little reluctant to sharing this at first because of how personal it was, but my Father reassured me that “a comic doesn’t always have to be humorous, it doesn’t have to have a strap-line. It can be personal”.
Woodbarn Workshop is a collective of local artists in the Surrey/Hampshire border who meet up to try out different art practices and explore different design processes.