Professor Bendis

The Avengers and Ultimate Spider-Man writer has become a Lecturer at Portland State University! I want to go to there.

He made cryptic Tweets, but today at Jinxworld , Brian Michael Bendis confirmed that he would be teaching a class on the Graphic Novel at Portland State University. He describes the class as such:

Ok, so as promised, here’s what’s going on with me teaching college.

My good friend and master editor Diana Shutz has been quietly teaching
at Portland State for a couple of years and she asked me to guest
lecture a couple of times. It was a great experience that turned into
being offered my own writing class.

After consulting with various faculty members at Portland state and
realizing that everyone I truly admire in this world, both in comics
and out, have at one time or currently teach I decided it was one
thousand percent the right thing to do.

The class is at Portland state’s main campus MW 2-4 winter. The class is by instructor approval only. WR399@pdx.edu

WR 399: the Graphic Novel
Brian Michael Bendis


The graphic novel features the unique marriage of words and pictures
that has seeped into every facet of popular culture. This course will
focus on all the storytelling elements that create the written word of
this unique visual medium. Students will study the form and its
influences, discover and create original works for both print and
digital platforms, and be put through a classroom version of the
editorial process. Throughout the term, there will also be a smattering
of comic book professional guest lecturers.

Texts will include:
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert Mckee
Comics & Sequential Art by Will Eisner
On Writing by Stephen King
Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud

No, this does not mean I am leaving comics or dropping any of my
projects. It is something else I am doing. I’ll be doing this instead
of reading Empire magazine and playing Rock Band iphone app when I
should be working

It is a small class but if you live in the Portland area and are at all
serious about your place in the world of comics, I have created a class
that I wish I had when I was in college.

I will not be putting my lectures online as the class is very, and I mean very, workshop and project intensive.

You’ll notice nowhere in the course description does it mention spelling.

Goddam, that sounds awesome, certainly makes the class I had today ‘Information and Communication Policy’ look like shit. I want to go to Portland! I could totally rock that class, I’m doing my disseration on comics and everything! Bah! Bah!

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Posted originally: 2009-11-09 18:40:26

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