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MY COMICS

What is the age range of your comics?

Although the humor in my comics caters more towards adults, they are all perfectly safe for kids.
FRIK is for 10+. There’s no blood in it and only one cuss word throughout the entire thing.
HOLES IN IT is all ages!
THE NORMLINGS is all ages!

What are your comics about?

Check out my COMICS page for more information on each one!

Do you sell your work at comic conventions?

I do! Check out my appearances at the bottom of my COMICS page!

How are your comics made?

For FRIK and HOLES IN IT it was a little old tech meets new tech. I wrote the scripts in a notebook, sketched each page using paper/pencil, then scanned it into my computer and used Adobe Illustrator to “ink/color” the comics into vector graphics. For THE NORMLINGS it is all traditionally made other than the speech bubbles, because I want people to actually be able to read it.

Do you sell any merchandise?

Yes! Check out my STORE!

I met you at a convention, you seem shorter than I imagined.

Next time I’ll stand up, chairs have a tendency to do that.

In HOLES IN IT, which episodes are true and which ones aren’t?

When you buy the comic from my STORE, you will see symbols on the bottom right corner of certain pages that will say if it’s true or partly true. If you don’t see either of these then that page is a “what if” and didn’t really happen between myself and my son.

In HOLES IN IT, are you trying to tell us that your son wore a bucket on his head?

Yes! There was a span of about a solid month where my son actually wore a toy soldier bucket on his head every day. Thankfully he’s grown out of that…..for now.

Where did you get the idea for HOLES IN IT?

In 2011, I wanted to create something other than FRIK so I could submit it to a comic book compilation showcasing local artists, called “Mixed Feelings.” My two-page story revolved around an artist father who couldn’t come up with an idea for a comic and his son helped him out with his wild imagination. The birth of HOLES IN IT appears as bonus material in print and can be bought at my STORE!

Why is your comic called HOLES IN IT?

There was a period in my son’s life where he refused to eat chicken nuggets if the meat was separated from the breading. He would bite into it and immediately see the hole, and would refuse to eat the rest because “there are holes in it.” I had to cut up the nuggets into small bites to “hide” the holes so he would eat it. I thought the title was rather fitting and still have nightmares about it.

Where’s the hints on how to decipher the secret codes in NORMLINGS?

On the back of each NORMLINGS issue there’s a fun secret code for you to decipher. I provide no key to this anywhere within the comic, mainly because it’s super easy to figure out and it’s not pertinent to the story. The plan is to make each code more complex the further along this comic goes, so one day I may have to give a hint, but for now, you’re on your own.

Issue #1’s code has already been cracked!

MY ART

How do you make your digital artwork?

Much of my mixed media digital abstract ARTWORK is created all on computer. Often I will use photographs I have taken and layer several of them in Photoshop, then I will heavily manipulate them until something emerges.

Do you sell your artwork?

Yes! If you see something here on my ARTWORK page that you like, please CONTACT me! I can print most images in any size! If you’re more into comic books, I’m creator of three “franchises”, so CHECK THEM OUT!

Have you had your work shown in galleries?

Yes! My MIXED MEDIA ABSTRACT artwork has been shown in Boston, Chicago, St. Louis and San Antonio!

MISCELLANEOUS

You seem bitter

No, this is how I usually am.

GENERAL CLASS QUESTIONS

Do I have to sign up online or can I just walk in and do it the day of?

Space is often limited so I prefer you sign up online to reserve your seat. There may not be any left if you walk in the day of. If you still want to do this, please make sure to check the class information on this site as I will say if walk ins are allowed or not for a particular class.

What happens if you are fully booked for a class?

For the majority of my classes I do not have a wait list, however, keep an eye out on my UPCOMING CLASSES page and for the class, if I say “walk ins are accepted”, show up the day of class and pay by cash (exact change.) There will always be one or two who sign up who don’t show up, so you will be safe!

What are your payment options?

I use SQUARE for all credit card transactions through the secure store on my site. It’s just like Paypal (but better) and is perfectly secure! I will also accept cash only on the first day of the course. (exact change please.) No checks please! The course must be paid in full before it begins or right at the start of the first class. No late payments will be accepted!

Do I have to stay with my child during class or can I leave?

You do not have to stay. When you register there will be space for an emergency contact number in case I need to get a hold of you. Just keep your phone handy and make sure to get back when the class ends!

Do you allow special needs kids to participate?

Yes but it depends on the need. My son has high functioning autism, so I am more versed in the autistic world than anything else. If the child has more severe needs, then the parent or guardian must be present with the child to help them through class because I won’t be able to devote a lot of time to individual children. You can leave me a note during registration about the needs of your child.

What if we have to miss a week, do we get a refund for that week?

No refunds will be given for weeks missed, sorry.

But what if YOU miss a week?

In the event that I am sick or some other situation comes up and I cannot conduct class that day, I will first try to reschedule the class, if that does not succeed then you WILL get reimbursed for the class missed.

Will you send out an email reminding me of class every week?

No I won’t, but from time to time I will send out an email to everyone because of various things that may come up within the class.

What experience do you have running these classes?

I’ve been an artist almost my entire life, but since 2010 I’ve focused my artistic skills on creating comic books. I am the creator of three kid friendly comics, and for a couple of years I’ve sold these comics on MY SITE and at comic conventions around the Midwest.

This teaching path I’m currently on started in April 2015 when I was asked to teach a basic (primitive) version of my BEGINNER KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP to four 3rd grade classes at my son’s elementary school during art class. Since that time I’ve expanded and refined that course and have added numerous other classes ever since. This is now my career!

Will my child bring things home every week to show me?

For any class shorter than six weeks your child will bring things home. With the six week courses, often times I will keep your child’s artwork or scripts or what have you because I want to make sure they arrive back the following week where we need to use them. At the end of the course, however, you will get everything back.

Will there be homework?

For my HOW TO DRAW classes, no homework at all. For my KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP, there is homework but it’s only once and not very much.

Do you plan to hold classes in other parts of town?

I would love to! Please CONTACT me and we’ll work something out! Unfortunately, I can’t conduct group classes at public libraries because they don’t like me getting paid for classes, but I still can teach one on one classes there and find a side table. They wouldn’t know any better then.

Does my child have to bring art supplies?

NO! All supplies are covered in the cost of class!

What if there’s a different person picking them up?

Please let me know at drop off or email the night before and I will write their contact info down. Thanks!

Can you teach group events?

Absolutely! What I can teach is my one hour intro class for my KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP series, ages 6-11 or 12+, as well as any of my HOW TO DRAW CLASSES! Please CONTACT ME and we’ll work something out!

ONLINE CLASSES

How do your online classes work?

Using the power of this new fangled thing called, “the internet”, my online classes are effectively a live video phone call with your child. I use Google Hangouts and a high speed connection, and with the help of a video switcher program, I have two cameras on my system that I show. One camera is facing down at my desk so your child can see what I’m drawing, and the other one aimed at me for back and forth conversations.

What are the system requirements to conduct classes online?

What you need to have for online classes with me and your child:

1) A device like a laptop, desktop, or tablet that has a webcam attached to it. This way I can see your child and their artwork so I can offer advice with what they are drawing. Mobile phones do not work for this as they are too small and your child won’t be able to see what I’m teaching.

2) High speed internet is a must.

Do we have to be at home to have a class?

Ideally you want to be somewhere where the internet is reliable and is in a quiet room. This won’t work if you are in a public place that is noisy and has a sketchy internet connection.

Will there be homework?

Yes, sometimes there will be homework depending on what the class is. This is due to these online classes being condensed down from their “in person” versions. I cut out several things that wouldn’t work in an online setting, so unfortunately that means sometimes your child will have to do some things on their own before the next class.

I have a question not covered by these other FAQs…

Please feel free to CONTACT ME with any questions or concerns you have about my online classes!

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE KIDS COMIC WORKSHOPS

Can we just come for any class or do we have to do the entire three/six weeks?

The Comic Workshops are designed so that things taught are built upon each other from one week to the next, so walk ins for any individual week are not permitted after the first week.

I have a child younger than 8 who wants to participate in the Beginner KCW, can they take it?

I have a three week JUNIOR KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP that is specific to 6-7 year olds, so they should take that before attempting the BEGINNER workshop. Now having said that, if they did take the Junior class and are 7 years old, I will definitely consider letting them into the Beginners class, but I wouldn’t go below that age as a lot of what I teach in this class will go over the 6 year olds heads.

Can a child older than 11 participate in the Beginner workshop?

Sure, but I wouldn’t go older than that age as some of what I teach in the Beginner class will be beneath their skill level. Having 11 years old as the cut off is really arbitrary and is based on the range I think would get the most out of this course. If you feel your kid will benefit from learning the basics then by all means sign up, but I also have an ADVANCED KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP that is for 12+ that may be more their speed.

Can my 8-11 year old take the Advanced KCW?

The prerequisite to take my ADVANCED KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP is to either be 12+ years old OR have taken the 8-11 year old six week BEGINNERS comic workshop, HOWEVER, being accepted into this course is on a case by case basis as some younger kids may not be ready for the Advanced class.

Do you teach comic workshops that are not multi week?

I also teach an one hour introductory class for 6-11 or 12+ that lightly goes over topics covered in the full courses. If you are interested, please CONTACT me! This is great for group events!

QUESTIONS ABOUT GIRL SCOUT CLASSES

When do we pay for our class?

You pay the day of the class, then we will know the exact head count as often times some girls don’t show up.

Do I need to provide anything for the “Drawing” badge?

Yes, I will email you specifics after you sign up.

Plan to teach the Brownie’s “Painting” badge?

Unfortunately no because the art supply costs are too high.

Thinking of adding any other badges?

YES but finding badges I’m capable of teaching is proving difficult. There are several factors in finding one, including the right mix of what I teach (and feel comfortable teaching) vs what their homework is and several other things. Keep an eye out on my main GIRLSCOUT page.

How far are you willing to drive?

Please click on any badge above to see my driving limit!

Can we have multiple troops in the same class?

Absolutely! Each troop has to register separately, so please put in the notes section that you are teaming up with another troop and give the troop number and leader name so I know.