Sunday, January 14, 2007

MCAD gossip

ArtSchool's 2007 spring semester begins next week

From Anonymous student blogger, 2005:

"... My comics class has been getting more interesting, though I don't have a huge amount of faith in my teacher's ability to teach. It's more a case of being given tasks to complete and having the necessary resources to do the job. I don't remember now how much I had said about this class, but I'm too lazy to go back and check right now.

The teacher's name is Ryan Kelly, and he's a comics penciller and inker as well as a painter. The only regular publication I'm aware of that he works on is DC/Vertigo's "Lucifer" series, a spin-off of the "Sandman" series that's all about the Biggest Jerk in the Universe, Lucifer Morningstar. I don't know if he's depicted that way - I remember Gaiman presenting him as the "misunderstood rebel" type.

Anyway, the good part about that is that he knows the job, and his advice and critique are professional-level. It's a great opportunity. I guess I could find some kind of irony in the fact that I'm learning my trade with the desire to glorify God, being taught by a guy who makes a living drawing comics about Satan...but I think I've been in art school long enough to be unfazed by such things."

Ugh. If anyone can give me an award-winning answer as to why I still get into my car, drive over to Artschool and teach instead of DRAWING COMIC BOOKS ALL DAY IN MY PAJAMAS WHILE DRINKING A GLASS OF WINE AND LIVING MY LIFE will receive some free comics in the mail. Name what you want.


Blogger Kevin Melrose said...

Because you believe that children are our future?

9:38 AM  
Blogger Zap Rowsdower said...

Maybe you could engage your students by joining them in a game of hacky-sack, or something.

Honestly, you've got a rough job. And these kids are just channeling all of the pressure that their parents are putting on them out towards you. They really should just develop a drug habit to cope.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Parkas 4 Kids said...

While I should probably say something like, "It's for the betterment of mankind!" or, "Think of the children!", but I think you should keep doing it for the sole pleasure of giving snot-nosed little pricks like the worthless bastard you quoted a big fat 'F'.

Then, in the margins of their last assignment, you could add a nice little remark, something like, "How d'you like me now!"

Oh, and I, too, am looking to possibly be a teacher. And I think I may be one of those people who will take pleasure in being given the opportunity to fail a student or two. After all, I'm only human.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why must you continue? Because you have not been in art school long enough to let such massive, emotional, spiritual conflicts leave you unfazed...

I would hate to have met this person BEFORE art school, probably spent 3 days in a dark closet after hearing his pop scream "Jesus F'n Christ" when the Vike's kicker blew it in 98

9:22 PM  
Blogger No Ears said...

well...look at it this way, it's a constant paying job that allows you to do freelance jobs on the side.

12:23 AM  
Blogger RKelly said...

hmm, not bad... Kevin, you get one comic, but I pick it out.
Everyone else I owe comics.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Kevin Melrose said...


5:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know I use to be art-edu major for the first part of my college career. They spend more time educating you on; how to teach someone ie:verbally visually ect ect, organization skills, speaking skills, understanding the human development, and the political workings of the school rather than the actual subject matter that you were teaching. Which I thought was messed up so I changed majors. Those kids don't know what they are talking about I would rather have a real artist who has real life experience teaching me something than some person who isn't involved but can spoon feed passed down information. So who cares if they think your teaching skills suck because being just a teacher sucks I think the only good thing about it is the steady pay, being an artist is cooler and more rewarding that's just my view on the subject...anyway :( i thought you were a great teacher.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Naava said...

ugh, what a horrible little kid. It must be really frustrating to have to confront that kind of privileged apathy on a daily basis.

I once swore death before teaching, so I'm not sure what the motive might be. Unless, of course, your work brings you in touch with a few students that justify your time- that you can see them really growing into artistry, with yourself as part of the process. Does it?

10:31 AM  
Blogger RKelly said...

Oh, what can I say.

When I was a student, I was humble, eager to learn, open-minded, and showed some humility to the world because I knew there were a lot better artists out in the market than me and If I want to get anywhere, I should shut up, listen to what others have to say, no matter what their religious association is.

As a student, I also had no choice but to refuse to put anything before the improvement of my art. Least of all, video games, chearleading for war and gossiping.

Some students are better than me and they know it and nothing will knock them down from their meteoric power and wisdom.

Sometimes, life is just too good for you, and you don't need to come to class...It's 2005 and the man you love is President. The war you want is in full bloom and speeding along nicely. You are going to heaven. Life is good , and to heck with everyone else.

6:50 AM  

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