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Creating Comics! by Paul Gulacy, Spencer Drate, Judith Salavetz

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Creative Process
I was born thirty years too late. I spent my formative years listening
solely to oldies music and watching Nick at Nite TV shows from every
other decade but my own. (No parental influence there: I’ve always
been just about as clean and straight-edged as they come, and I
enjoy surrounding myself with anything that is as simple and positive
as I am.)
So it’s no surprise that I’m not a fan of this Internet generation.
From cell phones to emails, there’s no privacy anymore, and not
much time to slow down to appreciate life as it passes us by on the
“information superhighway.”
I decided to vent all my frustration—ironically enough—on the
Internet, in the form of my latest webcomic, Stalker Boy! Everyone
today has the power to become a stalker—from the social networks
of Facebook and MySpace, to watching embarrassing clips on
YouTube, to Googling the name of a person of interest, it’s quite
easy to get information on just about anyone and his pet.
Stalker Boy! is a strip that I was inspired to create from my own
history of personal Internet stalkers, and the generally creepy guys
that have crossed my path. It’s a way of poking fun at anything that I
want to about the technological age that we live in and how people
are changing to accommodate it all. As the world changes, I’m hop-
ing that the consistency of this strip will help keep me on the path of
sanity and reason.
My greatest passion in art is creating one- or multipanel comic
strips. I think in terms of panels; my life is one open Bristol board,
and the people I know are the characters. Gag comics are the most
fun to create and to complete because they are just a quick visual
joke with a caption.
N
ative New Yorker Chari Pere graduated valedic-
torian from the School of Visual Arts in 2007 with
a B.F.A. in cartooning. She was the first female
cartoonist speaker to represent the SVA undergraduates at
the Radio City Music Hall commencement exercises.
Pere’s numerous awards and scholarships include the Visual
Arts Foundation Scholarship, the Charles and Marie Egnasko
Scholarship, and the Archie Goodwin Memorial Scholarship.
Title: Stalker Boy!
Media: Pen on paper, Photoshop
A current project, The Ultimate Unboring Jewish Calendar!,
has earned her an SVA Alumni Scholarship and an Emerg-
ing Jewish Artists Fellowship from NYU’s Bronfman Center. A
former MAD Magazine intern, Pere sold them an article that
was printed in the July 2007 issue.
She has completed two coloring books for the website
www.learningaboutdiabetes.org, and has had her work
published in the Friends of Lulu’s anthology, The Girls’ Guide
to Guys’ Stuff. She has cochaired monthly Cartoonists’ Round-
table meetings at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
since July 2004.
Chari Pere
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