Call their work comics if you must, but for students in Keith Mayerson’s Art 312 course, their final projects are also “tear-stained masterpieces” that culminated from a semester spent apart. “We had wonderful, in-depth critiques [over Zoom] and they were able to annotate and ‘draw over’ the pages that everyone could see at the same time,” says Mayerson, chair of painting, drawing and printmaking at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
He usually celebrates the end of his course with a mini comics fair where students sell printed copies. So, during the pandemic, making a digital version and having comics available to download or read online made a lot of sense, he says. The result is Indoor Ink, an anthology that showcases the Fall 2020 class’s work on the web. From adventures in ancient Rome to robot clashes in the future, students could develop meaningful visual stories in any style or genre they wanted.
“4D” by Isabella Melendez
“The Tragedy of Marko Maverick” by Knox Lopez
For more student comics, stop by Comic Sams Comics, an anthology of the Spring 2021 class’s original work.