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Learning the art of comics at Golden Library

Comic Con comes to comic fans

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Wonder Woman” have already taken the summer movie box office by storm, and the latest Spider-Man iteration just opened.In case there was any doubt, comic book culture isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Which explains why, with a week before Denver Comic Con, Pop Culture Classroom (the con’s sponsor) made a visit to the Golden Library on June 21 to teach 10 children the basics of comic creation, drawing and writing.

“You’re all here because you love comics and anime,” Terra Necessary, with Pop Culture Classroom, told the creators-in-training. “Today we’re going to help you to create a superhero, come up with a conflict for them, and design a cover for your comic.”

Necessary and Robin Childs, also with Pop Culture Classroom, led an interactive hour-long class encouraging the children to brainstorm together, practice drawing techniques, and get advice on ideas.

Everyone started by sharing their favorite comic characters, and answers ran the gamut from classics like Wonder Woman and Spider Man to more off-the-wall favorites like Squirrel Girl and Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.

Perhaps the most interesting time came when Necessary asked the children what all super heroes have.

“Powers.”

“Money.”

“Skills.”

“A tragic back story.”

“A secret identity.”

“A flaw.”

Seeing as the children were exceedingly well versed in the language of super heroes, and then it came time to work on design, movement, proportion and costumes.

“It’s best to think about drawing in simple shapes, and then you can get more detailed from there,” Necessary advised.

The children were able to take all their drawings and ideas home with them to continue the creation process, and it was clear that their super heroes weren’t the only things that took flight. So did the imagination.

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