On Friday, May 11, Josh Bayer conducted a presentation and workshop about comics and cartooning to a small but enthusiastic group of attendees in the MPS Art Therapy Department’s 3rd floor studio. Josh discussed his work and approaches to making and teaching comics, including the importance of grids, basic transitions, use of perspective and distortion, overhead shots and point of view, and the use of appropriated work. He showed work made by his students, gave a watercolor demo, and ended the workshop with an activity where participants made comics using cut-up Dick Tracy comic strips.
Josh has been publishing comics since 1988. He is the editor of Suspect Device, the author of The Fighter, Bike Rider, ROM, Raw Power for Retrofit Comics, and has appeared in anthologies including Future Tense, Lazer Zine, Komicaze, Secret Prison, and Rub The Blood. In 2012 he will contribute work to Henry & Glen 2, YETI, and Mad Magazine on the Cartoon Network. He recently presented his work at the New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium at Columbia University.
In addition to his writing and art, Josh has been teaching comics and visual art to both children and adults in NYC since 2007 at The Educational Alliance, 92nd Street Y, and Brooklyn’s 3rd Ward. Since 2009, he has been a guest instructor at the Pride Site One Drug Rehabilitation Facility, where he teaches students to use comics as a way of documenting their recovery.