The rumors are true!
Brian Michael Bendis will be teaching a class at Portland University this coming winter (MW 2-4, for those in the know). The class is by instructor approval only…but damn, wouldn’t it be cool? Here are the details, from Bendis’ Jinxworld Forums:
WR 399: the Graphic Novel
Brian Michael Bendis
The graphic novel features the unique marriage of words and pictures that has seeped into every facet of popular culture. This course will focus on all the storytelling elements that create the written word of this unique visual medium. Students will study the form and its influences, discover and create original works for both print and digital platforms, and be put through a classroom version of the editorial process. Throughout the term, there will also be a smattering of comic book professional guest lecturers.
Texts will include:
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert Mckee
Comics & Sequential Art by Will Eisner
On Writing by Stephen King
Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner
Sounds like a class we all wish we could take, right?