Stephen Marek Bennett
Marek's discovery-based Comics Workshops give artists of all ages a chance to explore their own unique style of graphic storytelling in a supportive, industrious workshop environment. Participants combine original characters, actions, texts, and settings, then fashion them into comic strips, comic books, and other multi-panel graphic narratives. Marek's approach emphasizes creativity, clarity, graphic design, and personal discovery in the production process. Workshops typically culminate with publication and sharing, usually in the form of an anthology or a "boxed set" of comics, sometimes with a Mini-Comics Convention for the community. By directing their own projects in a supportive environment and assuming production responsibilities for the culminating event, students develop their unique talents and exercise their skills of literacy, visual arts, drama, creative writing, print production, and more.
Marek's 2013 graphic novel “Slovakia: Fall in the Heart of Europe” details one rabbit's adventures in the hidden past and surprising present of Eastern Europe. He currently draws the webcomic, “Live Free and Draw,” detailing local history stories found during his travels around NH. He also plays mid-19th century banjo with the historical band “The Hardtacks.” Marek holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (K-8), and has taught as a classroom teacher at all elementary and middle-school levels.
offered: Comics Workshop (Basics of Comics and Publishing), Local History Comics, Comics in World Histories & Cultures (Manga: Japanese History & Culture, World War II, Classic Maya Civilization), The Weeks Act (comics+music), International Comics Exchange, Family Comics, Teacher Training Workshops (Creativity & Multiple Intelligences in Comics Education)
served: All, with emphasis on grades K-8
all areas, any time
By arrangement ($300-400 per day)
93 Bennett Rd
Henniker, NH 03242
Alt. Phone: 603/428-7049