|Jason Little||Illustration | Comics | Talks||jasonlittle(at)beecomix.com|
My public speaking experience has run the gamut from year-long art school classes to day-long workshops to fifteen-minute readings. When I’m asked to speak in public, the request usually falls into one of three categories: Teaching, Visual Lecture, or Slide Reading.
I teach a regular year-long class called “Drawing for Cartoonists” at the School for Visual Arts. I’ve also taught in various places on the more specific topics of linear perspective for comics, as well as the process of creating 3d comics.
To facilitate making my lectures as useful as possible I’ve devised an arrangement with a mini DV camera, copy stand, and video projector, so that students can watch me draw—and draw along with me—while I lecture.
For traveling, I have a portable copy stand with lights and camera that I bring; it’s up to the host institution to provide the video projector, a dark room and a blank wall or screen.
I’ve often been asked to speak about my own work, my process, my place in a larger comics phenomenon such as web comics, or my thoughts on cartoonists of the past. In these cases I lecture along with PowerPoint slides.
An author’s most immediate tool to promote his or her work is to read to an audience of potential readers. Cartoonists do this as well, but with slide show accompaniment. I use PowerPoint with synchronized music, and act out all the parts live. The experience is somewhere between comics, animation, and live radio theater.
Alternative Press Expo
Brooklyn Public Library
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Center for Cartoon Studies
Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art and the Mocca Art Festival
New York Comic-Con
New York Public Library
School For Visual Arts
Small Press Expo
Toronto Comic Art Festival
I am presently managing my own engagements, so email me directly: jasonlittle(at)beecomix.com.