The ninety-fifth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7 pm at Columbia University’s Butler Library, room 523. Free and open to the public.

Presentation by Tom Motley: Composition Lessons from Comics Masters
Every picture, whether the artist tilts the seesaw toward realism or abstraction, has a dual identity as both a window into an imaginary world and a design on a flat surface. In this workshop we’ll look at ways master comic artists– especially Jack Cole, Jack Kirby, and Alex Toth– employed principles of design to enrich their pages and heighten story impact, subtly constructing panels from interlocking configurations of positive and negative shapes.
A powerpoint will be followed by a couple of worksheets developed to help artists and comics fans explore the possibilities of compositional thinking.

Comics instructor, Tom Motley, teaches three continuing education courses at SVA this fall: Inking Comics, Figure Drawing for Cartoonists, and Cartooning Basics. His next illustrated book, French Revolutions for Beginners, is due out in November.
Illustration by Alexander Toth from “Man of my Heart,” New Romances #16, June 1953.