Above, is a comic book created by Kia Lorentzen and left inset shows sampling of comic books displayed at the ZED comic book convention on January 24. Photo by Gretta Becay
By Gretta Becay
It was comic book convention day at the Zumbro Education District south campus in Byron Jan 24.
The assembly room was decorated with colorful newspaper comic pages, "Star Wars" music was played, and cookies and punch soon disappeared. Some students and teachers were dressed as super heros, sporting capes and masks.
Art teacher Jess Frantzen and about 35 art students have worked on the art and techniques of drawing comic books for the past few months. A grant from the nonprofit Starry Night Collective allowed Frantzen to bring in guest artist Aaron Gillespie to work with the students for a week earlier in the school year.
Gillespie is a cartoonist published by Dynamite Publishing. He writes the comic book series, The Bionic Man; number 15 of which just came out Jan 19.
The Collective "...provides grants and support services for the arts to programs serving students with disabilities, including emotional/behavioral disorders, and on the autism spectrum."
Three judges, Gillespie, Mindy Schroeder, and Jane Vold, reviewed the students' comic books and completed critique sheets. The judges' panel and Frantzen selected the winners in three age categories; elementary, middle school, and high school.
The winners were: elementary level, Brennen Fowler and Aleah Sonnenberg; middle school level, Kobi Quick and Anthonee Busch; and high school level, Devin Boynton, Courtney Waters, and Skylar Lecy.
Dan Przybylski, head super hero and Coordinator at ZED, congratulated Frantzen and participants in the convention.