Geoffrey Grogan's works in our Faculty Exhibition give a deep look into the creative process behind what it takes to make a comic. These un-edited pages show the amount of sketching, revising, and editing that's required for a successful comic strip. The blue line sketching lays out the panels and doesn't show up when scanned. On top of that is pencil, and then ink. Often it's necessary to simply re-draw the panel elsewhere, then paste it over the old drawing. The medium itself calls upon several different skills all at the same time. Drawing and color are combined with writing, as well as forms of visual story-telling that are exclusive to comics, which are taught by Professor Grogan in his Visual Narrative courses. For many comic producers, tasks will be divided up between different members, who work collaboratively. This can provide a new set of challenge if members have a different vision for the comic, so communication becomes key.
Geoffrey Grogan works independently, and his web comics, Plastic Baby Heads from Outer Space can be read at http://plasticbabyheads.com/ and ebooks can be purchased wherever ebooks are sold! The exhibit is up now on the second floor of the Performing Arts Center until November 23. Artist Reception October 29, 2014 from 5pm-7pm!
-Dan Rossi, AU Galleries