The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) at Porterville College
Is proud to present a special event featuring
Comic and Graphic Novel Artist
Cross-Cultural Storytelling in Comics
Friday, November 17th, 2017
Porterville College Theater
Book signing to follow in Student Center
Brent Anderson, whose work in comics spans over forty years, will talk about his love of comics and the challenges of creating characters outside his personal and cultural experience. He will discuss his latest project, El Jaguár, the graphic novel about a shaman from Southern Mexico he is creating with his wife Shirley Johnston. “Finding that piece of myself allowing me to identify with a horrid water demon from South Mexico has been particularly challenging!” he says.
Brent Anderson was born in San Jose, California. His favorite comics were Archie, Stumbo the Giant, Hot Stuff, and Dennis the Menace. Inspired by Marvel Comics, Brent began writing and drawing his own comics on school binder paper. He became a professional comics artist in 1979 with the series Ka-zar the Savage followed by the classic Marvel Graphic Novel collaboration with Chris Claremont X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (upon which X2: X-Men United, the second X-Men feature film, was based); the innovative cinematic comic, Somerset Holmes; the heroic space-opera, Strikeforce: Morituri, and the award-winning series with Kurt Busiek, Astro City, now published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.
Brent's work is well known for its focus on character. "My greatest joy in drawing comics comes when I've added nuance to a character with just the right expression. When the characters come to life I feel alive. That's why I've dedicated my life to creating comics."
Copies of Brent Anderson’s books will be available for purchase in the PC Bookstore; the bookstore will open at the end of the talk as well
CHAP events are FREE and OPEN to the public – ALL are welcome
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Out of respect to our presenter and audience, doors will be closed approximately 10 minutes after the start of the event OR when the theater has reached capacity. Due to safety regulations, once the theater is full no additional people can be admitted.