Apr. 18, 2014  

Comic artist comes to Miami to discuss the connection between art and news

Illustrating the News: gallery talk and hands-on art workshop with illustrator and comic artist Leela Corman

LeelaHeadshotCorman will talk about her background as a comic artist and illustrator and how her work has evolved from fine arts to autobiographical painting to the combination of historical and current comics that she’s currently producing. Corman will discuss the process of creating characters and stories, and the process that takes the real into the fictional. She gives participants a chance to give illustrating and comic-making a try. Many of her works will be on display at the art exhibit “Everyday Heartbreaks: Recent Work by Leela Corman” from 1 May – 1 June, 2014. Sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Chapter

Contact: Dina Weinstein – c: 786.246.0644

Where: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134 
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 3-5 p.m.
Leela paintingWho: Leela Corman studied painting, printmaking and illustration at Massachusetts College of Art.  Her book Queen’s Day earned her a Xeric Award in 1999 and was called “music to my eyes” by Scott McCloud.  She has created two more graphic novels including her latest, Unterzakhn, published by Schocken/Pantheon. She has illustrated books for major publishers on crafts, fashion, gardening, dating and other topics, and for clients such as The New York Times, New York Press, BUST Magazine, Thirteen/WNET, and many more.  She is also an accomplished bellydancer and bellydance instructor.  Corman and her husband, Tom Hart, are the founders of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prosperity and promotion of comic art and artists, offering instruction in comic art, graphic novels and visual storytelling in vibrant Gainesville, Florida, where she is also an adjunct instructor at University of Florida.  Her graphic novel Unterzakhn, published in 2012 by Schocken/Pantheon, has been nominated for the L.A. Times Book Award, The Eisner Award, and Le Prix Artemisia, and won Le Prix Millepages 2012.  
Cost: FREE

While in Miami, Corman will make a number of other appearances including:


– A presentation to Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) students, Miami, FL

– A Friday night (5/2/2014) open-to-the-public art exhibit opening of Corman’s work entitled: “Everyday Heartbreaks: Recent Work by Leela Corman” at Books & Books, Coral Gables,  265 Aragon Avenue | Coral Gables, Florida 33134 | a part of Coral Gables gallery night

– Sunday (5/4/2014) 10am – Corman will speak about her graphic novel Unterzakhn at the Sunday Salon at Temple Beth Am (Pinecrest, FL) – open to the public.

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