Comics are Great by Jerzy Drozd
Ignite Great Lakes
Comics are Great
Jerzy Drozd (@Jerzy) is a cartoonist, which is to say, a person who writes stories visually in the medium of comics. He also teaches courses on how to make comics around the Southeast Michigan area and beyond, and in the first seven months of 2011 he has worked with nearly 2000 students. He is one of the founders of the Kids Read Comics Celebration, a yearly event held in Michigan featuring hands-on comics workshops for young people and professional development workshops for adults.
"Jerzy Drozd began his comics illustration career at 19, self-publishing his own comic books. He is the contributing editor of Sugary Serials, a comics anthology that specializes in all-ages comics serialized online and collected in print. In 2006 he completed his 197-page online graphic novel, The Front, a retelling of his first self-published story.
Drozd’s main passion has always been comics, and he enjoys sharing his enthusiasm with others. In 2005 he began performing workshops at schools and universities. He worked with ArtServe Michigan on their Literacy Arts Comic Book Project, teaching the comics art form to Detroit 3rd and 4th graders. In 2008 he lead a professional development workshop for teachers at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In June 2009 he began serving as the programming director for the annual Kids Read Comics celebration, an event he co-organized with teen librarian Edith Burney, DC Comics writer Dan Mishkin, and Green Brain Comics store owner Dan Merritt. He was recently selected as the Artist in Residence for the Chelsea District Library and the Chelsea Center for the Arts."