201 Schedule

The class schedule is subject to change and will be updated every Friday. Check this page regularly to see what is expected for the upcoming week.

(lecture) = Spark 339

(lab) = Avery 105

Remember: You can work outside class during open hours in the Avery Computer Lab in the evening and on weekends (Mon-Fri, 5:30-9:00pm; Sat-Sun, 12:00-5:00pm). You may also work on weekday evenings until 11:00pm in the SPARK 210 PC lab and in the Dimensions Lab in Holland Library.

Click here to see schedule for previous weeks

WEEK 13

–Mon 11/11: Veteran’s Day Holiday–

Tues 11/12 (lecture)

Due today:

  • Come with ideas for web comics

In class:

Thurs 11/14 (lab)

Due today:

In class:

WEEK 14

Tues 11/19 (lab)

Due today:

  • Come prepared to meet with instructor and discuss your Web Comics Proposal

In class:

Thurs 11/21 (lab)

Due today:

  • Come prepared to meet with instructor and discuss your Web Comics Proposal

In class:

–Thanksgiving Holiday–

WEEK 15

Tues 12/3 (lab)

Due today:

  • Come prepared with final questions regarding Project 3: Web Comics

In class:

Thurs 12/5 (lecture)

Due at beginning of class:

In class:

  • Project 3: Web Comics critiques and comment sheets
  • Project 3 presentations for students who need to explain interactivity of his/her project
  • Assign: Blog Post 10: Final Web Comic

FINALS WEEK

Due by Friday, December 13 at 12:10pm:

  • Blog 10: Final Web Comic
  • Optional: Revision of Project 1 or Project 2 (contact your instructor by Monday of finals week to discuss submission options)

– – PREVIOUS WEEKS – –

WEEK 1

Tues 8/20 (lecture)

In class:

  • Course Introduction
  • Why Comics?
  • Assign: Read DTC 201 Syllabus and complete Hand-Drawn Comic

Thurs 8/22 (lecture)

Due today:

In class:

WEEK 2

Tues 8/27 (lecture)

Due today:

In class:

  • Discuss Chapter 1: Setting the Record Straight from “Understanding Comics”
  • WordPress, Blogs, Web Design: Introduction to Communal Class Blog
  • Assign: Blog #1 (You will need to accept my WordPress invite to join the class blog on this website. This invite will be sent to the email address that is connected to your WordPress account.) Also,  hand in your Digital Comic file via the Blackboard assignment.

Thurs 8/29 (lab)

Due today:

  • Meet in Avery 105 (computer lab classroom!)
  • Accept WordPress invitation, complete Blog #1
  • Bring your hand-drawn comic
  • Hand in your Digital Comic file via the Blackboard assignment (postponed)

In class:

WEEK 3

–Mon 9/2: Labor Day Holiday–

Tues 9/3 (lecture)

Due today:

In class:

  • Discuss “What It Is” by Lynda Barry
  • Why do artists use photomontage and collage?
  • Project 1 Overview
  • Assign: Collect/create collage materials

Thurs 9/5 (meet in CDSC)

Due today:

In class:

WEEK 4

Tues 9/10 (meet in Owen 319D)

Due today:

In class:

  • Introduction to Graphic Novels with Lorena O’English
  • Assign: ‘zines (create something out of the paper booklet you made with Lorena O’English at the library) and Blog 2 (includes out of class scanning)

Thurs 9/12 (lab)

Due today:

In class:

  • Work on additional Photoshop tutorials: “Layer Masking”, “Photo Editing and Manipulation”, and “Combining Photos into a Composite Image”
  • Assign: Photoshop tutorials, read Chapter 2: The Vocabulary of Comics from “Understanding Comics”

WEEK 5

Tues 9/17 (lecture)

Due today:

  • Read Chapter 2: The Vocabulary of Comics from “Understanding Comics”
  • Complete Quiz 1 by 11:59 PST (Understanding Comics Chapters 1-2, Lynda Barry reading, class lecture material, Photoshop tutorials). The quiz is available on Blackboard, under the Content link in the left menu bar.

In class:

  • Discuss Chapter 2: The Vocabulary of Comics
  • Project 1: What are we making? How does this relate to Scott McCloud, Lynda Barry, and the writers/artists discussed at the library visit?

Thurs 9/19 (meet in CDSC)

Due today:

In class:

  • Scanning/Photoshop work
  • Small groups: Discuss ideas for Digital Comics Collage. See Discussion Sheet.
  • Assign: Complete Blog 3: Design Elements and Principles and read John Lovett’s Design Overview (this includes the links: Elements of Design, Line, Shape, Direction, Size, Texture, Color, Value, The Principles of Design, Balance, Gradation, Repetition, Contrast, Harmony, Dominance, and Unity)

WEEK 6

Tues 9/24 (lab)

Due today:

  • Blog 3: Design Elements and Principles
  • Read John Lovett’s Design Overview (this includes the links: Elements of Design, Line, Shape, Direction, Size, Texture, Color, Value, The Principles of Design, Balance, Gradation, Repetition, Contrast, Harmony, Dominance, and Unity)
  • Read Chapter 8: A Word About Color from “Understanding Comics”
  • Have work completed for your Digital Comics Collage (we may do a test print in class)

In class:

  • Discuss John Lovett’s Design Elements and Principles in relation to collage
  • Look at work completed for your Digital Comics Collage (test prints in class if time allows)
  • Quiz Thursday

Thurs 9/26 (lab)

Due today:

  • All Photoshop tutorials should be completed by this date
  • Complete Quiz 2 by 11:59 PST (John Lovett’s Design Elements and Principles, Understanding Comics Chapter 8, and all Photoshop tutorials). The quiz is available on Blackboard, under the Content link in the left menu bar.

In class:

  • Work on Project 1
  • Assign: Bring your digital comic file from the beginning of the semester next class (we will test uploading a file via Blackboard)

WEEK 7 

Tues 10/1 (lab)

Due today:

  • Come prepared to work on Project 1
  • Bring your digital comic file from the beginning of the semester (we will test uploading a file via Blackboard)

In class:

  • How to save as a JPG and PDF from Photoshop, how to zip (compress) files, naming files
  • Test submission via Blackboard using Digital Comic file from week 1
  • Printing and Blog reminders
  • Final touches on Project 1

Thurs 10/3 (lab)

Due today at beginning of class: Project 1

  • Required files uploaded via Blackboard assignment page
  • Final print
  • Blog 4: Final Digital Collage

In class:

  • Class discussion and comment sheets for Blog 4: Final Digital Collage
  • Assign: read Chapters 3-4 from “Understanding Comics”
  • Quiz next week

WEEK 8

Midterm grades due this week

Tues 10/8 (lecture)

Due today:

  • Read Chapters 3-4 from “Understanding Comics”
  • Comment sheets on Blog 4 if you didn’t finish them last class

In class:

Thurs 10/10 (lab)

Due today:

In class:

  • Illustrator for Project 2: Poster Comic
  • Work on “Getting Started” Illustrator tutorials
  • Assign: Chapters 5-6 from “Understanding Comics”
  • Assign: Meet in MASC at Holland-Terrell for next class and bring camera to take reference images

WEEK 9

Tues 10/15 (MASC visit: Bring camera/camera phone)

Due today:

In class:

Thurs 10/17 (lab)

Due today:

In class:

  • Illustrator
  • Assign: Read Chapters 7 and 9 from “Understanding Comics”
  • Assign: Meet in Fine Arts building for next class and bring camera to take reference images
  • Complete Quiz 3 by 11:59 PST (covers lecture material, MASC visit, “Understanding Comics” Chapters 3-6 and “Getting Started” Illustrator tutorials). The quiz is available on Blackboard, under the Content link in the left menu bar.

WEEK 10

Tues 10/22 (Meet in Fine Arts Center: Bring camera/camera phone)

Due today:

  • Meet at the WSU Art Museum Collection Study Center in Fine Arts Building 5092
  • Read Chapters 7 and 9 from “Understanding Comics”

In class:

  • Chapters 7 and 9 from “Understanding Comics”
  • Art Museum
  • Assign: Blog 7: Individual Voices and Illustrator tutorials (1-6 of “Drawing and Organizing Elements” and 1-6 of “More Drawing Tools”)
  • Quiz next class (Quiz 4 and 5 will be combined next week)

Thurs 10/24 (lab)

Due today:

In class:

WEEK 11

Tues 10/29 (lab)

Due today:

  • All Illustrator tutorials
  • Complete Quiz 4/5 by 11:59 PST (Understanding Comics Chapters 7 and 9 and all Illustrator Tutorials). The quiz is available on Blackboard, under the Content link in the left menu bar.

In class:

  • Project 2 final touches
  • Export as JPG, Save as PDF from Illustrator

Thurs 10/31 (lab)

Due today at beginning of class: Project 2

In class:

WEEK 12

Tues 11/5 (lecture)

Due today:

In class:

Thurs 11/7 (lecture)

Due today:

In class: