College is supposed to prepare you for what comes after graduation. One of the ways the Sequential Art Department at Savannah College of Art and Design does this is through the annual Mini-Comics Expo. After a two-year hiatus, the exhibition of free family comics returns to Haymans Hall on Saturday for its 14th year.
Sequential Art Professor David Allan Duncan said the Mini-Comics Expo was held across the entire SCAD campus beginning with an addition to the Savannah Record Fair.
“The building we are in now has plenty of space and is well located,” he said. The 130 to 140 vendors will also be spread over three floors.
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Although the exhibition is a great opportunity to see what students, alumni, local artists and faculty have created recently; Duncan said it was also a good introduction to the world of presenting at comic shows and conventions for his students.
“For our students in particular, it’s an opportunity to showcase the work they’ve been working on and get it out in a way that’s not just in the classroom in front of your friends. It’s about showing it to the community and connecting with your audience.
“Conventions and zine fairs and comic book shows are a big part of our industry, so it’s like soft practice for them. Most of these students will end up doing bigger shows around the country or even in the world. For a lot of them it’s their first show and it helps them get used to the process of sitting down with your work, telling people about your work and maybe earning a few dollars.
Attendees can expect to see mini-comics, zines, pins, stickers, original artwork and sketches covering everything from autobiographies, humor, horror, super -heroes, young adults, all ages, webtoons and manga. There will also be demonstrations on how to draw and create animated comics from SCAD faculty and graduate students.
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“I think that’s what I’m most proud of in our department. Because of the diversity of our students, all the places they come from and the wide range of interests… it’s this nice mix of cool stuff from everywhere.
SCAD alumnus Pranas T. Noujokaitis, known for his graphic novels like “The Totally Awesome Epic Quest of the Brave Boy Knight” and his work on “Uncle Grampa” and “Adventure Time,” will also speak.
The 14th annual SCAD Mini-Comics Expo is expected to have a lot going for comic book fans, but Duncan said he can’t wait for his students to take their first steps into the professional world of comic book makers.
“I can tell that the students are nervous. They know it’s important. That’s why we put a lot of emphasis on this show every year because it’s comfortable. but they have that experience. Duncan said some students are already talking about other shows they are signing up for this year.
“There are many students who are ready to [participate in conventions and shows]but they were at a standstill [by COVID]. They have been going around in circles for two years.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO
What: SCAD Mini-Comics Expo
When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Haymans Hall, 23 E. Charlton St.