Hi there! I’m Bob Pendarvis and this is my second attempt to raise funds to publish and promote copies of the first book in my new graphic novel series, A GIRL CALLED ANA TEACHES KITTENS HOW TO DRAW. With all the other kickstarter projects out there, why should you feel obliged to possibly pledge money for this book? Well, let me see if I can convince you.
Over 20 years ago, I created and taught the first Comic Book and Animation Illustration electives at the Savannah College of Art and Design, going on to develop their Sequential BFA and MFA degree programs. My many successful former students have gone on to work for comic book publishers like MARVEL COMICS, DC COMICS, DARK HORSE COMICS, ONI PRESS, ARCHIE, AVATAR, ARCHAIA, BOOM!, IMAGE, VERTIGO, TOKYOPOP and FANTAGRAPHICS. Others now work in the animated cartoon field, working on projects like KUNG-FU PANDA, ARCHER, WORD GIRL, AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE, and THE VENTURE BROTHERS. Still more create artwork for video game companies like BIOWARE, LEAP FROG, KONAMI, and ROCKSTAR GAMES. My Kickstarter Rewards list is packed with donations from two dozen professional artists, animators, illustrators and designers who used to be my students (plus a bonus friend or two).
In addition to being proud of knowing that the visual storytelling program I created for SCAD still thrives to this day, with more and more students finding their way professionally, I remain particularly happy that I worked hard to make sure that my classes were female-friendly, fighting against decades of ingrained sexism in the comics industry. Since parting ways from SCAD in 2009, I have edited and published three volumes of SUGAR NINJAS, an all-female sequential art anthology series. To date, we've featured work from almost 200 contributors from around the world, including many of my former students. If you're interested in becoming a Sugar Ninja, or if you know a girl who might, please contact us at http://sugarninjas.net.
I’ve also been hard at work creating STORYDRAWINGSCHOOL.COM an online alternative, or portfolio-building prelude, to vastly more expensive traditional art colleges. This new, non-degree granting program, focuses on helping aspiring artists who want to create comic books, web comics, children’s picture books, animated cartoons, and video games. Classes are student-centered and specifically geared towards honing the skills and insights needed to improve the storytelling elements in their artwork. The fun starts in January, 2013. For more info, please go to http://storydrawingschool.com.
Finally, I’ve been writing and drawing a series of graphic novels starring Ana, a young girl who teaches the basics of drawing and sequential art to a class of enthusiastic young girl kittens (and a somewhat antagonistic robot named Jimmy). More than simple textbooks, the Ana graphic novels contain entertaining stories suitable for all-ages and are meant to demonstrate just how underrated the study of sequential art still is today, and how the twin concepts of writing and drawing should be taught together to young kids right at the start of their formal education. Hoping to inspire and encourage future generations of Sugar Ninjas and female artist/storytellers in general, the Ana books are unapologetically aimed primarily at young girls, while hopefully still attracting readers of any age.
This is my second attempt at a successful kickstarter project for my first ANA book. By pledging whatever amount you can, you’ll be helping me afford to print up extra copies of the ANA books, which I plan to send out to potential publishers and reviewers. If, like me, you think that teaching young girls how to utilize the inherent power and magic of sequential art is a pretty worthwhile goal, I hope you’ll help me out by sharing this link and maybe making a pledge yourself.
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