Cartoons, graphic novels, and graphic memoirs play an important role in ELA and visual arts classrooms. In this master class, Roz Chast, a master artist, will discuss her work as a cartoonist for The New Yorker and as a writer and illustrator of graphic memoirs. Teachers will learn how illustrated narratives are created, then explore three recent illustrated books—Derf Backderf's My Friend Dahmer, Keiler Roberts’ My Begging Chart, and Adrian Tomine’s Killing and Dying—to deepen their understanding of illustrated narratives and discover how a great artist “reads” a graphic text.
Roz Chast’s work has appeared in numerous magazines through the years, including The Village Voice, National Lampoon, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones, but she is most closely associated with The New Yorker. Chast attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied painting. After graduating in 1977, she returned to New York City, where she quickly established her cartooning career. In addition to collections of her New Yorker cartoons, Chast has written and illustrated a range of books. Her latest, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York, is a personalized travel guide to New York City that began as a going-away present to her youngest child, who was moving from the family’s home in Connecticut to attend SVA. Her first memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? won a National Book Critics Circle Award and was shortlisted for a National Book Award.