The Near-Sighted Monkey
Here is a picture of Professor Bootsy’s newest book, “Syllabus” published by Drawn and Quarterly debuting at SPX (Small Press Expo) in Washington DC on September 13th. Can you dig it?
Professor Bootsy (AKA Lynda Barry) knew that you could!

Here is a picture of Professor Bootsy’s newest book, “Syllabus” published by Drawn and Quarterly debuting at SPX (Small Press Expo) in Washington DC on September 13th. Can you dig it?

Professor Bootsy (AKA Lynda Barry) knew that you could!

thenearsightedmonkey:

“Dude, there’s tons of wrecks,”

 Dear Students,

At the end of the upcoming semester,  you’ll create a final project in the form of a ‘zine: a little book that is at least 24 pages long, with visual and written elements.

This video shows you how you will do it.  And also what the weather will be like when the semester is over in December. In. Madison. Wis. Con. Sin.

Each Car = An idea about what your final project will be about.

Then other ideas come but they stall out.

Then even more ideas come and try not to crash into the stalled out ideas, but they are sliding into them anyway.

Then come even more more more ideas!

And at about 2:29 you are freaking because you realize this is turning into dog pile! You shout “WATCH OUT! WATCH OUT” Then all kinds of fishtail swervey shizz starts to happen and then…

And then…

And then…

Um…

Apparently something happens  that is very good but is not shown in this video.

But after it happens your ‘zine is DONE!

YOU DID IT!

And we DIG IT!

Sincerely,

Professor Bootsy

Dear Students,

Once you pick your character name, how might you draw yourself as that character?

Here are some of the practice pages I made in my composition notebook while I tried to work out how I’d do it.

Professor Spooky Bootsy or Professor Monkey Bootsy?

It will change, depending on the day but  I will always need my star-glasses on.

Sincerely,

Professor Sincere Bootsy

Hello my dear Students,

Soon we will begin our time together.

Before our first class, I’d like you to do a couple of things.

One is to buy a roll of scotch tape and bring it with you along with a black flair pen. This is all you’ll need for our first day.

You’ll also need to pick out a character name for yourself.

It has to be the name of a fictional character that already exists in the world (Scrooge, Hello Kitty, Medusa) or a famous person (Beyonce, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Abraham Lincoln) Feel free to chose a character of any gender, physical appearance, nationality, or time-period and don’t fret too much about it. Pick someone you feel some sort of attachment to. For example, I’ve always felt a strong attachment to wookies so last semester I was Professor Chewbacca.  This semester I’ll be Professor Bootsy because of my strong attachment to ‘the one’


When you’ve chosen your name, please email me and let me know what it is. I’ll need to hear from you before Saturday Aug 30

I am sincerely looking forward to seeing you all on ‘the one’ in 3-D on September 3,

Professor Bootsy

PS Here are some names students have used in the past. All of these are now retired so they can’t be reused. Please know your character name will also be retired after this semester and will join the following list of immortals.

Bender
Squilliam Fancyson
Bluto
The Princess Anastasia
Dr. Girlfriend
Captain Underpants
G.K.
Inspector Gadget
Dr. Jones
Knuckles
Hermione Granger
Little Nemo
Dick Grayson
Maya the Bee
Spethjasu
Mordechai
Sherlock Holmes
Sluggo
Chewbacca
Obelix
Spinelli
Optimus Prime
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden
Meelo
The Shmoo
Raven
Squid
Stella Luna
Shark Bait
Avatar Roku
Kal El
Count Chocula
Gorrila Grodd
Pippi Pied Piper
Mighty Mouse
Falada
Ben Bag-Bag
Kitty Forman
Hal 9000
Baubo
Hunca Munca
Twilight Sparkle
Beatrix Kiddo
Free Willy

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