APL PRESENTS #2
MARCH 3-APRIL 14, 2009
Jessica Degan, Rebecca Delano, James E., Kelly Farrar, Benjmin F.,
Cameron Gelder, Meliky (Sudru Vriki) Grant, (Sgt. Travis H.,
Dimitri K., Evan Mancini, Nicole Pepin, and Corey P.
SCRIPT AND ILLUSTRATION:
Pg. 1: Evan Mancini
(penciling) & Mike Jordan (inks);
Pgs. 2-3: Nicole Pepin;
Pgs. 4-5: Cameron
Gelder; Pgs. 6-7:
Kelly Farrar; Pgs. 8-9:
Pgs. 10-13: Mike
Jordan; Pgs. 14-15:
EDITOR AND CREATIVE
Jennifer Babineau Sally Holt Martha
LOGO DESIGN BY: Kazmyn Chance Trouant
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No. 2, Jun.
2009. Published twice a year, Winter
and Summer, by APL Press, a division of the Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring
Street, Auburn, ME. 04210-5981. President: Jonathan Kelley,
Publisher: Sally Holt. single issue cost is $3.00.
Subscriptions are not yet available. Copyright 2009 by APL Press and the
Auburn Public Library. No part of this publication or any character
likeness herein may be reproduced in any way without express permission of APL
Press or the individual artists. Any similarities between any of the
characters in this fictional work and any trade marked characters or anyone alive or dead is purely
coincidental and certainly not intentional. Printed in the U. S.
APL PRESENTS is a forum created by Mike Jordan and Sally Holt to
give the talented young people who attend the various workshops sponsored by
the Auburn Public Library a place to express themselves through the media of
writing and illustration. As such, the creative staff of this book will
rarely remain the same and most of the characters and story lines herein will
not be ongoing.
TOONWORLD is a concept created by Mike Jordan as an imaginary
place where all the illustrated characters, from animated features to comic
books to daily strips, live after their workday is over and is a place where
they can all freely interact on a level playing field. It is used here,
by APL Press, with express permission of Big Red A Press.
Mia the Meek created by Jessica Degan
and Leslie created by Kelly Farrar
Jecker created by Kelly Farrar and Keegan
(Ka Die) Kane
Velma, and Eddie
Van Havoc created by Cameron Gelder
Bode created by Evan Mancini
Shun created by Josh Pelletier
and Alean created by Nicole Pepin
The Secret Villain created by the whole
staff (based on the original idea by Cameron Gelder)
*plus a whole bevy of killer clowns,
robot ninjas, hungry
A COMIC BOOK IN EIGHT EASY LESSONS
(Or, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the
but Were Afraid to Ask)
THE COMIC BOOK IN EIGHT EASY LESSONS?
8 Easy Lessons was a
series of workshops hosted by the Auburn Middle School's Community
Learning Center (CLC), and presented by local artist, Mike Jordan,
designed to teach his students the skills for writing and illustrating a
professional comic book by giving them free rein to create their own. The
result is this book, the second issue of APL PRESENTS.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF THIS?
Other than Mr. Jordan as the guiding hand and editor; Lucille Merin,
the Administrator of After School Programs for AMS and her
assistant, Charlie Liu, provided the funding for the workshop and the
victims-er-students; Sally Holt, the Teen Librarian at Auburn Public
Library, not only provided the funding for the printing, but handled all of
the APL side arrangements, and had time to take pictures, as well;
Jennifer Babineau, also a local artist, and assistant teacher, Martha
Truscott (with a one time stand in by Bonita Morin) lent their
helping artistic hands; and, last but certainly not least, the primary members
of the staff, Jessica Degen, Rebecca Delano, James E.,
Kelly Farrar, Benjamin F., Cameron Gelder, Meliky Grant,
Travis H., Demitri K., Evan Mancini, Josh Pelletier,
Nicole Pepin, and Corey P.
WHEN AND WHERE DID ALL THIS TAKE PLACE?
The Workshop was held every Tuesday afternoon from 3 to about 4,
starting Feb. 24 and concluding Apr. 14, 2009 The first
installment was held in the AMS Cafeteria and the other seven were done
down in the Androscoggin Community Room at APL.
WHY WAS A LETTER SENT TO THE PRESIDENT?
After the second workshop (Mar. 3), it was unanimously decided that the
main story of the new book would take place in our nation's capital and would in
some capacity involve the President as a character. To instill the
proper way to do things in a professional comic book, Mr. Jordan prepared
a letter to the Whitehouse requesting Mr. Obama's permission to
use his name and likeness, which the kids all signed, and was sent the following
Tuesday. To date, no reply has been received.
DIDN'T I SEE AN ARTICLE ABOUT THAT?
At the 4th installment (Mar. 17) the staff was visited by Dan Hartill,
a journalist for the Lewiston Sun Journal, and photographer Jose Leiva,
who prepared a story for the paper about the workshop and our appeal to the
President. It appeared the following Monday (Mar. 23) on
the front page of the City section, with excerpts from the letter and a
photo of Mr. Jordan and Ms. Delano. See the full article at
JUST WHO IS THIS MIKE JORDAN PERSON?
Mr. Jordan is a local artist who owns and operates his own small comic
business, BIG RED A PRESS, which publishes his ongoing book, THE
PARVERIAN TALES in weekly installments online (www.bigredapress.com).
For the past four and a half years, he has been presenting art workshops for
young people through libraries and schools across the state. This is his
eighth program at APL.
WHAT EXACTLY IS APL PRESS?
APL Press is a division of Auburn Public Library that was created when
they took their first dip in the publishing pond over a year ago to produce the
first issue of APL PRESENTS. With John Kelley as the
Interim President and Sally Holt as Publisher, they hope to
continue bringing such exclusive and quality publishing to the area and the