Comedy art clinic aimed at giving girls a higher pop culture profile

By George Warren

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KOVR) — A well-known Folsom comic book artist led a clinic Saturday to show a group of local Girl Scouts what it takes to create comic books and graphic novels. Justin Greenwood says comic book art is a lot harder than it looks.

“Having had a bunch of jobs in art – in a general sense – comics is by far the most time-consuming of the bunch,” he said.

Greenwood is perhaps best known for illustrating the Stumptown comics and is one of the creative forces behind the ABC television series of the same name. The event at Empires Comics in Sacramento was hosted by Heroic Girls, an organization that tries to make comics — and pop culture in general — more inclusive for girls and young women.

Heroic Girls found father of two daughters John Marcotte says most comics feature men and boys in lead roles.

“It seems very commonplace,” he says. “But that’s how children learn what the world is like. If we keep showing them that men and boys matter more than women and girls, that’s the lesson they’re going to learn, whether they realize it or not.

Greenwood says his kids are just getting to the age where they’re interested in comics, and he was happy to lead the three-hour clinic.

“I think it would be great for them to get involved in something like that,” he said.

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Daniel K. Denny