PAUL SIZER’S COMIC ART WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES: USING THE POWER OF THE COMIC FORM TO GET KIDS EXCITED ABOUT CREATIVE THINKING!

WHAT DOES PAUL SIZER DO IN HIS WORKSHOPS?
I have been conducting comic art workshops for kids and teens for the last 15 years, using the power of the comic art form to get kids excited about exploring their own creative thinking.

I focus on showing the participants in my workshops the potential they already possess, and give them ideas for tapping into that creative process for their own work. Using my own comic book work as a jumping off point, I lead the kids through creative exercises that are fun and action-packed, getting their pencils and paper filled with new ideas. I like to show them how I approach the same problems they encounter, and how I get my creative mind in gear for creating my own comics.

My presentations also show how manga and anime influence my comic art, a popular hook for your teen comic readers interested in Japanese comic and animation! I use exciting PowerPoint presentations to talk about my influences, and to share where I get inspiration for my own comic work. Depending on the direction you want for the workshop, we can focus on drawing instruction, writing, or Japanese anime and manga. I also bring along my digital drawing tablet to show how I draw using the latest computer technology! My workshops can be tailored to whatever direction you like. And I also love to show my own work and draw for a room full of young artists!


WHAT’S A PAUL SIZER COMIC WORKSHOP LIKE?
My workshops are multimedia events, using live drawing and sketching and PowerPoint presentations to show, rather then tell, the information. I’ve worked to make my workshops adaptable to work for different age groups, so I can focus on the areas the age group is interested in. I’ve tailored my workshops to discuss basic creative techniques, Japanese manga and anime techniques, basic drawing skills and can also focus on writing and comic conceptualization.

My workshops can involve hands-on drawing demos for smaller groups, or can be more presentational for larger groups (I’ve presented to groups as large as 300 students!). I encourage kids at my presentations to draw and sketch along during the event, so I love to see pencils and pens flying across paper while I talk.

HOW CAN I GET IN CONTACT WITH PAUL SIZER TO SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP?
If you are interested in having me in for a workshop for your school or library program, you can contact me through my
"CONTACT" link . Give me a target date of your event in your email so I can answer you faster about my availability.

HOW CAN I PURCHASE COPIES OF PAUL SIZER’S GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR MY LIBRARY OR SCHOOL?
You can order all of my graphic novels directly online from this website or from these links through your normal vendors. Ask about special discounts and shipping for libraries. If you want to order offline, you can contact me via email and we can arrange alternate shipping and payment options.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PAUL SIZER’S "LITTLE WHITE MOUSE" COMICS?
You can view art and graphics from the series directly on this website.

WORKSHOP RATES
Within the state of Michigan, my base rate for a 2 hour workshop is $300.00 + mileage.
($0.45/mile, from Kalamazoo, MI), and events out of the state of Michigan are negotiable.

AGE RANGE FOR WORKSHOPS
I work with groups from middle school, junior high and high school through college age students. Generally, a more focused age group range yields better results in a workshop as far as content. I generally focus on my LITTLE WHITE MOUSE work for an all ages group; if you are interested in having me speak more about my MOPED ARMY and B.P.M. graphic novels, that’s more geared to a high school age group because of the book’s "older teen" rating.

MATERIALS PROVIDED BY SCHOOL OR LIBRARY
1. 8 1/2 x 11 white copier paper and pencils for the students to take notes/scribble on.

2. A laptop projection unit (compatible with a MAC Powerbook) for showing the PowerPoint version of my presentation plus a screen.

3. Table space to lay out books/portfolios/whatever.

MATERIALS PROVIDED BY SIZER
I will be bringing along portfolios of my artwork, samples of my comic books and my Macintosh G4 Titanium laptop for showing additional multimedia work connected with my comic work. I always bring my Wacom digital drawing tablet to do live drawing on screen, and I also bring copies of my books for sale after the presentation. My books are also available to be purchased by the school or library previous to the workshop at a special discount.

WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE SIZE
I’ve found that a group of 20 students is a good size that allows me to get around and work a little with each person. I can present to larger groups, but I won’t be able to get as much "hands on time" with the participants. If you’re interested in having me talk to an auditorium of kids, I can tailor the presentation to work for that format. Let me know what you have in mind, and I’m sure we can make it work.


WHAT DO OTHER LIBRARIANS AND TEACHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT PAUL’S WORKSHOPS?

"Paul engages guys and gals with his wit, his practical advice, and his artistic talent. Teens especially enjoyed the opportunity to show Paul their work and receive professional feedback."

"Larger than life, with the talent to match, Paul Sizer’s got mad skills and a way with kids, what more could you ask for!?!"

"At my library, a Paul Sizer event attracts teens!  His ability to present information on comics and cartooning is accessible and entertaining.  Paul is a master at interacting with teens, and takes the time to provide feedback to each and every teen artist.  Money well spent."

PROMOTIONAL ART AND TEXT FOR PAUL’S WORKSHOPS
Below you can find text, images and photos available for use in promoting one of my comic workshops in your local print and web media outlets:

WORKSHOP PROMOTIONAL BLURB
SIZER’S INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH COMIC WORKSHOP

Need to super-charge your comic skills? Want to hyper-energize your imagination? Paul Sizer has the cure for boring comics! As writer/creator and artist of critical and fan fave comics such as LITTLE WHITE MOUSE, MOPED ARMY and B.P.M., Paul has been drawing comics since he was 5 years old, and now you can learn the secrets behind making your comic creations unique and amazing! Paul will be showing you how he creates his comics using traditional and cutting-edge technology, techniques for penciling and inking, and how you can improve your ideas and concepts to turn your art into COMIC art! Paul will be looking at portfolios after the workshop, so bring a few pieces of your best art to share! This isn’t a "sit back and watch workshop", this is fully interactive, so come ready to participate!

PAUL SIZER PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS
These author photos are provided for use in press releases, flyers and promotional materials for Paul’s workshops. Click on the thumbnails below to get print quality images (RGB or greyscale) in a new browser window.



SIZER COMIC WORKSHOP PROMO IMAGES
Click on the thumbnails below to get print quality images in a new browser window. You are also allowed to use any image found on this website for promoting my workshops.