The Near-Sighted Monkey

Summer lovin’ from Arna!

Comic by Lynda Barry

Dear Students,

According to The New Yorker, what has Professor Chewbacca been up to this week?

Lynda Barry Sells Out! 

Sincerely, Professor Chewbacca

Where on earth is Professor Chewbacca?
On May 13th she’ll be using her earth name (Lynda Barry) and will be at an opening for an exhibition of her work in New York from 6pm to 8pm at the Adam Baumgold Gallery — 60 east 66th street, NYC NY just in case you are in the neighborhood, come on over!  The exhibition is #5 on the “what to do” list in New York Magazine.http://nymag.com/arts/all/to-do-2014-5-5/
Can you dig it? We KNEW that you COULD!

Where on earth is Professor Chewbacca?

On May 13th she’ll be using her earth name (Lynda Barry) and will be at an opening for an exhibition of her work in New York from 6pm to 8pm at the Adam Baumgold Gallery — 60 east 66th street, NYC NY just in case you are in the neighborhood, come on over!  The exhibition is #5 on the “what to do” list in New York Magazine.http://nymag.com/arts/all/to-do-2014-5-5/

Can you dig it? We KNEW that you COULD!

Dear Students,

Here is a picture of one of your comics cousins, my ‘god-student’ MJ at her opening last night at Oberlin College. She’s pictured with Professor Count Chocula (Dan Chaon) who has been such an important part of our class this semester.

Jes’ sayin’ you got people in Ohio,

Love!

Professor Chewbacca

Dear Making Comics Class,
This is what I like to do. Find a simple character that keeps showing up in my comp book, one I like drawing and fold a page into 16 chambers and just try to follow what they might do and what might happen next. Twirlita showed up a couple of years ago. All she wants to do is finish one dance without being interrupted. Will it ever happen?
Sincerely,
Professor Chewbacca

Dear Making Comics Class,

This is what I like to do. Find a simple character that keeps showing up in my comp book, one I like drawing and fold a page into 16 chambers and just try to follow what they might do and what might happen next. Twirlita showed up a couple of years ago. All she wants to do is finish one dance without being interrupted. Will it ever happen?

Sincerely,

Professor Chewbacca

Dear Making Comics Class,
Here is the homework page I handed out on Wednesday. Remember that the manuscript pages are actually due Monday, Feb 24th. For Monday, ink in the non-photo blue drawings we did in class from stories we wrote, and the four ‘monster-family’ drawings we did. Bring in your finished ‘Hall of Science” page and the 8 index-card strip mentioned on this page.
Sincerely,
Professor Chewbacca

Dear Making Comics Class,

Here is the homework page I handed out on Wednesday. Remember that the manuscript pages are actually due Monday, Feb 24th. For Monday, ink in the non-photo blue drawings we did in class from stories we wrote, and the four ‘monster-family’ drawings we did. Bring in your finished ‘Hall of Science” page and the 8 index-card strip mentioned on this page.

Sincerely,

Professor Chewbacca

Dear Students,
This week we’ll be changing up our daily diary to something like a Bingo Game. It’s pretty easy. You trace this grid into your compbook and then look to the world around you and your day as you’ve lived it so far to find
3 things you did
3 things you observed
3 things you overheard
3 things to draw
You can do them in any order, you can do them over the course of your entire day or in a single sitting; at a coffee shop, a classroom or lecture hall, at home, on the bus— any where where there are people around you.
For the drawing part, it’s helpful to look for specific things, such as three round things in the room, or orange things, or hairdos, or switches or styles of backpacks. Anything that will make you look around the place you find yourself in.
I’ll pass out copies of this page tomorrow in class.
Sincerely,
Professor Chewbacca

Dear Students,

This week we’ll be changing up our daily diary to something like a Bingo Game. It’s pretty easy. You trace this grid into your compbook and then look to the world around you and your day as you’ve lived it so far to find

3 things you did

3 things you observed

3 things you overheard

3 things to draw

You can do them in any order, you can do them over the course of your entire day or in a single sitting; at a coffee shop, a classroom or lecture hall, at home, on the bus— any where where there are people around you.

For the drawing part, it’s helpful to look for specific things, such as three round things in the room, or orange things, or hairdos, or switches or styles of backpacks. Anything that will make you look around the place you find yourself in.

I’ll pass out copies of this page tomorrow in class.

Sincerely,

Professor Chewbacca

Dear “Write What You See” Class (Art 548)
Here is the homework page I handed out on Wednesday. The writing exercise is an adaptation of the Wednesday post-colloquium exercise from Dan Chaon .
The link I sent you to the extended “To The Best of our Knowledge” - WPR’sSteve Paulson’s interview with Iain McGilchrist can also be found here.
I look forward to seeing you in The Image Lab at 4:30 on Monday.
Sincerely,
Professor Chewbacca

Dear “Write What You See” Class (Art 548)

Here is the homework page I handed out on Wednesday. The writing exercise is an adaptation of the Wednesday post-colloquium exercise from Dan Chaon .

The link I sent you to the extended “To The Best of our Knowledge” - WPR’sSteve Paulson’s interview with Iain McGilchrist can also be found here.

I look forward to seeing you in The Image Lab at 4:30 on Monday.

Sincerely,

Professor Chewbacca

Dear Students,
Here is a link to the interview with Iain McGilchrist I mentioned at the end of Wednesday’s class. I’d like you to listen to it while you are drawing.  It’s about an hour long.
Interview 
Transcript.
Sincerely,
Professor Chewbacca
P.S. Keep repeating Emily Dickinson’s poem #1603 aloud and in your head. You will need it soon.

Dear Students,

Here is a link to the interview with Iain McGilchrist I mentioned at the end of Wednesday’s class. I’d like you to listen to it while you are drawing.  It’s about an hour long.

Interview

Transcript.

Sincerely,

Professor Chewbacca

P.S. Keep repeating Emily Dickinson’s poem #1603 aloud and in your head. You will need it soon.

Dear Students,

Some slides from a talk I gave today.

Sincerely,

Professor Chewbacca

Dearest Students,

This is my own composition notebook homework assignment in progress. Professor Chewbacca reflects on the crayon experience. I’ve inked it and now I’m coloring it in

I like to figure out problems in my composition notebook using drawing and slow writing and non-photo blue pencil to help me with certain problems that defy being approached head on. I’ve found there is something to moving ones hand in a certain way — like a coloring way— while filling in a space and half thinking and half not-thinking about this something you are trying to figure out that invites possible answers to present themselves..

Sincerely,

Professor Chewbacca

Press play to hear Professor Chewbacca’s  (AKA Lynda Barry) final comments to her dear students regarding crayons and mortality.

See the entire collection of animated student commentary regarding using crayons here

Dear Students,

Welcome to our ‘snow day’ class! It’s 8 below zero and the wind is blowing hard. Our road is still unplowed. But let’s have class together anyway!

Please follow the instructions in this video and keep working your way down  until you get to the video about how crayons are made. That means class is over.

I’ll see you on Wednesday!

Sincerely,

Professor Chewbacca

Dearest Students,I’m not able to make it into class today. I live on a little rural road and we are snowed in. But we will still have class! Tune in to thenearsightedmonkey.tumblr.com at our regular class time this afternoon and there will be special videos and exercises ready for you.Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you this afternoon.Sincerely,Professor Chewbacca

Dearest Students,
I’m not able to make it into class today. I live on a little rural road and we are snowed in. But we will still have class! Tune in to thenearsightedmonkey.tumblr.com at our regular class time this afternoon and there will be special videos and exercises ready for you.
Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you this afternoon.
Sincerely,
Professor Chewbacca

Dearest Students,
Here are some thoughts about our composition note books.
Sincerely,
Professor Chewbacca

Dearest Students,

Here are some thoughts about our composition note books.

Sincerely,

Professor Chewbacca