LAYET JOHNSON (top) AND DESHAUN JONES
If you have kids who are into comics — or if you're into comics and you have kids who you want to be into comics — head to the Central Arkansas Library System's Children's Library
tomorrow, Tuesday July 14, for the latest installment in the "Comic Tuesday" summer series sponsored by CALS. It starts at 4:30.
The series recruits local artists and illustrators to lead workshops teaching children about the world of sequential art
. Tomorrow's session, "One Page Comics," will be led by Layet Johnson
and Deshaun Jones
, both Little Rock natives. (They're also both good friends of mine.)
Tuesday's workshop is for ages 8 and up, although non-children are welcome too. Be advised that if you're unfortunate enough to be an adult, you might have to relinquish your seat for a kid, should space be tight. That's all part of adulthood, folks, sorry.
Johnson, whose prolific work loops like a dolphin from free-form cartoons to conceptual one-offs
to occasional glimpses of realism, created the cover image for our first Fiction Issue last fall
. Jones appeared in our Big Ideas issue in December for a proposal for a West Little Rock "sprawl tax"
; he graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in sequential art.
Summers in Arkansas can be divided into two parts, temperature-wise: The reasonable portion, when being outdoors is a trial, and the unreasonable portion, when you can actually feel your bones melting inside your flesh. It's looking like this is the week we cross the threshold into unreasonable territory
. Thus, for parents looking to limit their kids' screen time
over the next month or so, I suggest you distribute some paper and markers and delve into non-electronic images with the help of CALS and its volunteers. Stardom awaits.
For dates and times of future Comics Tuesdays events, here's a flyer from the Children's Library:
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