Conceptual Comics Workshop
a 2-week workshop for art students
The Internet has irreversibly reshaped the conditions and the modalities which dictate the sharing and the dissemination of cultural products. Works that are cloud-based, crowd-sourced or designed by complex multi-agent swarm structures, occupy a large part of our web experience. Furthermore, the Internet had, and has, a large influence on comics. Clip art, ready-made templates, viral strips or new formal web experimentations have radically destabilized certain solid assumptions regarding the established food chain of comics production. Current legal and commercial regulations are ill-prepared to manage these rapidly expanding types of creations and in my work, I try to further develop and hasten the natural conclusions of this shift.
During this workshop, we will explore the uses of intertextuality, plagiarism, pastiche and other related discursive figures in comics and contemporary art. We will survey some of the key lawsuits and considerations that ensue intellectual property infringement in the arts. We will learn how to create a body of work using ready-made templates, graphic libraries and the purposeful use of any generic material available online to get our story through. Through newspaper dailies, blog comics, hardbound graphic novels, CC48, minicomics and mobile comics, we will explore how to distill the signifying potential of each format, instantiate an unmediated communication with a targeted audience and disrupt by the normative, business and political flows.