Seems the Houses of Higher Education are turning to the comic world for their speakers and even teachers. In two separate stories, Stephen Bissette will be speaking at Appalachian State University this month and Brian M Bendis will be teaching a class at the University of Oregon this semester.
Starting off with Bissette, the acclaimed artist for Saga of The Swamp Thing and editor for Taboo Magazine which ran both From Hell and Lost Girls and now he teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Bissette will be part of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writer Series Thursday Septemeber 26th. He will be presenting a craft talk: “How to Make a Monster: Image-Making and Horror Comics” which correlates to one of his latest books S. R. Bissette’s How To Make A Monster. The talk will begin at 2pm on the 26th and the public is welcome. Click here for more information.
Bendis on the other hand has made a much larger commitment as he is one of UO’s newest instructors, serving as the professor for the comic book and cartoon studies minor. The class is to focus on how the comic industry works and Bendis plans on showing as many different perspectives by tapping into the growing comic community of Portland and getting his famous industry friends to come in and visit. This is not his first foray into teaching as Bendis taught a similar class previously at Portland State University.
Bendis spoke about the move: “[At PSU] I was kind of the only comic book guy there. It made the class stand out, but it also made it really frustrating. Here, there’s a great support system from the professors within the comic minor.”
Part of his plan is to make the class workshop intensive as he believes that its the best way to learn to write, “I’m a big believer in workshops. It’s the only way you’re going to learn by doing it over and over again.”
Bendis plans to teach this course for the foreseeable future.
For a more indepth look at the writers plans for the course, go here.