Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ed McKeogh’s “Comic Story Laboratory” Workshop at Fayette County Public Library Teaches Teens How to Create Their Own Comic Books

Comic book fans and aspiring cartoonists ages 12 to 18 will soon get the opportunity to have a close encounter with one of Fayette County’s up-and-coming talents in the comic book world. Ed McKeogh, a professional illustrator and prize-winning cartoonist who lives in Peachtree City, invites teens to enter his “Comic Story Laboratory” on Tuesday, June 10 at 3:00 p.m. at the Fayette County Public Library. The free two-hour workshop is part of the “Metamorphosis” summer reading program for teens.

If you are curious—or crazy—about comics, come inside the “Comic Story Laboratory.” If you are perplexed by panel placement, pacing, and perspective, plan to be present. Ed McKeogh will share tips and techniques for starting a simple story, developing a dynamic character, and establishing an engaging environment. Participants will also learn what makes the comic book medium unique and how to independently assemble their own mini-comics after the workshop to share with friends and family. The library will provide index cards and pencils for all who attend; students are welcome to bring any other personal drawing tools they are comfortable using.

Space is limited for this one-of-a-kind creative opportunity. Anyone interested in attending the “Comic Story Laboratory” should either call 770-461-8841 or stop by the Fayette County Public Library to register.

Ed McKeogh, a comic book fan since the age of 12, was a member of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society before moving to Peachtree City in 2006. Ed took third place in Dimestore Productions’ 2007 “Small Press Idol” contest—an online, international comic book competition that attracted 113 entries. Ed’s entry, “Translucent,” was printed by Dimestore Productions as a #0 issue.

The library will host a public exhibition of finished works that have their beginnings in the “Comic Story Laboratory.” Details on participating in the exhibition will be provided at the workshop.

The “Comic Story Laboratory” is hosted by the Fayette County Public Library, with financial support from the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library. The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administration complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841 or visit online at

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