The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) Youth Engagement Program is kicking off with renowned Bronx native and Marvel and DC cartoonist Ivan Velez in the online workshop, Planet Manga. In this workshop series, youth will engage in a brief history of manga and create concepts of characters for their very own manga story. Participating students must have their own art supplies: i.e. pencils, markers, pens and paper; a sketchbook would work well or simple watercolor sets and brushes. No previous art experience is required.
Pre-register now! Thank you for your interest in Ivan Velez's Planet Manga workshop series. Please pre-register with the name and email address of the interested participant, and include the name and email address of the parent or legal guardian who will sign the parental consent form on behalf of the participating youth. Once pre-registered, a registration packet with the necessary forms will be emailed to the parent or legal guardian to complete. Once the consent form, media release and code of conduct forms are signed and returned, the participant will be considered "registered " for the class. An email confirming registration will be send to all participants before the start of the workshop series.
Registration closes on Tuesday September 15th. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
About the Instructor:
Born in the South Bronx, Ivan Velez has used cartooning to help create social change for over 40 years. ‘Tales of the Closet’ was one of the first publicly distributed interventions for LGBT youth. Starting his pro comics career at the multicultural MILESTONE, he wrote several mainstream comics series and helped install diversity of color, gender and orientation. His work continued for Marvel and DC and has been included in several award-winning comic anthologies, and is translated and shown in three continents. Ivan is also a teaching artist for New York libraries and museums, and is proud to be the creator of The Ballad of Wham Kabam, a comic series funded by the 2015 Creative Capital Visual Arts grant.