Unleash Your Inner Superhero at BAM's Comics Workshops 

Saturday, Nov. 12.

It may have started on the funny pages, but now the art of comics can portray almost any story. Deservedly, comics are recognized as a legitimate art form, both in a visual and literary sense. Comics like the graphic novel Spell Checkers from Oni Press represent this.

Spell Checkers is a collaboration between visual artists Joelle Jones and Nicolas Hitori De, and writer Jamie Rich. The volume follows snarky teenage witches, imparting a wealth of wit and humor with illustrations and dialogue that create a full-picture narrative. This type of evolution in the visual and written story is what Boise Art Museum's Comics at the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic Novel exhibit is all about.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, fans can enjoy a whole day of all things comics at BAM. There will be two workshops, the first from 10 a.m. to noon, for aspiring artists ages 9-16, which covers the basics. Professional artists will work with participants in developing intriguing characters and storylines, which will result in a finished product.

The second workshop, from 2-5 p.m., is about making comics a career, for ages 17 and older. The workshop will feature Jones and Rich sharing info about drawing, publishing and pursuing a career in comic arts. The two will also be on hand from noon to 1 p.m. for a meet-and-greet and book signing.

From 7-9 p.m., you can check out Thought Bubbles: A Conversation with the ACLU, which features Erik Henriksen, a comics writer and editor for the Portland Mercury, and a representative from the ACLU. They will dive into the history of comics and freedom of speech in conjunction with the exhibition.

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