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Last week Chris Arrant covered former Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Professor Bob Pendarvis’ Kickstarter effort to fund A Girl Called Ana Teaches Kittens How To Draw. In today’s email interview, Pendarvis discusses his aim with the book, as well as Sugar Ninjas, the all-female sequential art anthology series aimed at drawing a spotlight on female creators. My thanks to Pendarvis for his time, and Tom Feister for putting me in contact with Pendarvis. His Kickstarter site gives more background on Pendarvis, including that he “created and taught the first comic book illustration classes at the Savannah College of Art & Design, going on to co-found their comics-based BFA and MFA degree programs (along with writer Mark Kneece and artist Bo Hampton).” If you are interested in helping Pendarvis with his Kickstarter effort, please act now–as there are less than 20 days left to meet the $15,000 goal.
Tim O’Shea: How soon after leaving SCAD did you realize you wanted to develop Sugar Ninjas?
Bob Pendarvis: Sugar Ninjas was originally a project I came up with to showcase the amazing variety of female artists in my classes. In the summer of 2009, as my official association with SCAD was coming to an end (on mutually acceptable terms), I decided to expand the concept of the Sugar Ninjas to include not only SCAD students, but also female artists and storytellers from around the world. All material in the book is copyrighted exclusively to the creators and the books are printed at lulu.com, each one priced at printing costs only—I don’t make a penny from any copy sold (although I encourage the ninjas to add sketches and charge a few dollars more). Volumes 1 and 2 are available right now, and a revised edition of Volume 1 will be back in early 2012.
For over 18 years, Bob Pendarvis taught comics and sequential art at the Savannah College of Art & Design, or SCAD. And now he’s looking to take his teaching into bookstores and the laps of even younger would-be cartoonists.
A Girl Called Ana Teaches Kittens How To Draw is a graphic novel by Pendarvis is, as he says, “meant to provide inspiration for the next generation of young sequential artists and storytellers.” The 200+ page hardcover book shows the young girl attempting to teach cats how to draw. Pendarvis’ goal is to use Kickstarter to fund the production of a limited edition run of these books to to send to readers, libraries, and even potential publishers for a larger run.
To fund this project, Pendarvis has set a $15,000 goal with 1/5th of the money already raised. In addition to prints from the book as a reward, a number of talented friends and former students of his has contributed art as rewards for higher-level donors.