No new art with this post, sorry. :(
I've been kicking around the idea to start a sequential arts club here at SCAD-Atlanta again. I figure I could get work to give me an additional Friday off every month for meetings, plus I normally have Tuesdays and Thursdays off anyway for planning...
There's a number of reasons I want to start the club, really. Here in Atlanta I can see that those students that aren't influenced by if not drawing with an anime/manga style are really limiting themselves, not just by confining themselves TO anime/manga, but really by confining themselves to what's only available in America. Really guys, there's enough Naruto and Inu Yasha-esque crap being put out. It's time to dig a little deeper and explore what's out there.
Also, sticking with the manga thought stream, there's a lot of symbolism in manga that is unfamiliar to western readers that haven't like, grown up with it. I never even considered this until Shawn and Chris brought it to my attention last semester. These are things that I've always just taken for granted. Meanwhile though, I HAVE noticed that a lot of people that DO read manga could tell you WHAT a symbol or expression means, but not WHY (i.e. why guys get nosebleeds in manga/anime to symbolize arousal. Manga artists figure "Hey, all that blood's gotta go SOMEWHERE, but we obviously can't show the NATURAL reaction in a childrens comic...")
I'm going off on a tangent and I'll be running late for class soon.
Basically I just feel like SCAD-Atlanta has students interested in soooo many different comic genre's that I feel we'd all really benefit by getting together and sharing what we know. I feel like already I've matured as an artist just by being open to reading a lot more western comics, and I'm really eager to read more.
Long-reaching goals for a club would be things like having Drawing Jams like, once a week or month or something and, ideally, putting out a comic anthology showcasing the Atlanta students and faculty. Maybe we could have guest speakers come in (there's plenty of comic/manga artists in the Atlanta area). Field trips are a possibility!
See, I'm getting excited again. It's just a lot to commit too when I've got two studio classes, a writing class, and a job that expects me in 30 hours a week :\ I'll see if I can't find some classmates that'd be interested in helping....