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A class for skilled young artists and beginners who are interested in creating their own cartoon illustrations. Participants will learn drawing techniques that will allow them to create original superheroes, manga characters, and humorous cartoons. Participants will also learn communication techniques for comics and cartooning (lettering, speech bubbles, backgrounds, lay-out and graphics, etc.) and storytelling through sequential art--creating a comic strip!

Alexander Shapiro is a cartoonist, writer, and teaching artist whose clients have included The Central Park Conservancy, The Museum of the City of New York, Queens Museum, KQED-TV San Francisco, and ABC-TV. He is a long-time teaching artist at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

This program is intended for teens.

Culture Pass is a program for cardholding patrons of New York City’s public libraries, the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library. Support for Culture Pass is provided by The New York Community Trust, Charles H. Revson Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. To learn more, visit

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