Coffee and Comics: Comics-Making Workshops

Create your own comics or refine your sequential art skills while enjoying free Rising Star coffee! These events are free and open to participants of all skill levels. Both workshops will be held at Rising Star Coffee Roasters, 3617 Walton Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113.


Making Comics with Cleveland’s John G., Creator of The Lake Erie Monster

Book jacket of a monster standing behind a manJohn G. is an illustrator, comics creator, and head of Cleveland-based Shiner Comics, Inc. He has done posters for Melt Bar and Grilled, Cleveland Cinemas, and Scene magazine. With Jake Kelly, he created and published The Lake Erie Monster, a Rust Belt-centered horror anthology comic. He co-founded and continues to run Genghis Con. In 2015, TurnStyle Films debuted Draw Hard, a documentary about his work that was later selected for the 2016 Cleveland International Film Festival. Draw Hard won the Jury Award for Best Ohio Short Film.
Saturday, July 14 from 10am–11:30am


Making Comics with Cleveland’s Mike San Giacomo, Creator of Phantom Jack

Book jacket of a man who looks like a lizard in sunglassesMike San Giacomo has been a reporter at The Plain Dealer since 1989. In 1993, he began the first column dedicated to comic books in a major newspaper. He is the author of several comic books and graphic novels, including Tales of the Starlight Drive-In (Image Comics), which was voted the Best Graphic Novel of the Year in the 2009 Comics Buyers Guide annual fan poll. His other series, Phantom Jack, is the story of a newspaper reporter who can turn invisible. The series has been collected by Atomic Pop Art Entertainment. San Giacomo’s latest work is a religious-horror graphic novel called Chalk.
Saturday, July 28 from 10am–11:30am