Fresno State workshop lets kids get creative with comic book class

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It's all part of the art of Writing Comics Workshop offered at Fresno State. The week-long class is designed to further the child's love for superhero's while learning some basic comic book illustrating techniques. (KFSN)

Some local kids are learning how to design and write their own comic books this summer.

A group of creative kids made up mostly of middle-schoolers is hard at work drawing, writing and developing unique stories and characters.

It's all part of the art of Writing Comics Workshop offered at Fresno State. The week-long class is designed to further the child's love for superheroes while learning some basic comic book illustrating techniques.

"Mainly boys are interested in comics, and graphic novels are super popular again with the new Spiderman coming out and Wonder Woman and Marvel and DC," teacher Molly Yates said. "It's just a really hot topic."

Yates calls it a fun twist on learning using comic book adventures to inspire deep thinking and develop creative writing skills.

"They learn writing techniques and the plot line and dialog and how to tell a story through comics," she said.

While the superhero action and story boards keep their attention, some kids admitted to the real reason for joining the class. The kids seem to be enjoying part of their summer in a classroom while getting a crash course in comics.

"I thought it was interesting that there was a comic book class," high school junior Shay Enbernizzi said. "So, I was like, 'Oh, okay, maybe I could learn to do more stuff because I'm not real good at making comics.'"

The kids don't have to be wizards with a pencil, the workshop is open to all levels and abilities.

"A lot of students are nervous about their writing and drawing abilities and you don't need to be a good drawer," Yates said. "If you look at some comics they have drawings and lines and that brings character to your comic."

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