Posts Tagged ‘comics’

Cartoons at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

February 24, 2017

Attention Annapolis! Learn the art of cartooning through two individual workshops or buy both workshops as a package.  Click here and sign up today!

Steven Fischer, a two-time Emmy® nominated filmmaker and cartoonist, takes us through his personal journey in cartoons that led to an award-winning career in the arts working on projects with such creative luminaries as Martin Scorsese, Brian Cox, Mariska Hargitay, and animation legend Bill Melendez. Fischer explores the philosophy and psychology of character creation, inspiration, creativity, and storytelling in ways that help aspiring storytellers effectively bring their characters and stories to life. Students may register for the Lecture/Q & A and Workshop separately or for both with the Cartooning Series Package.

Love Your Characters to Life: Lecture and Q & A
Wednesday, March 29 | 7-8 pm
Saturday, April 1 | 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Cartoon Class at Second City, begins April 5!

February 22, 2017

Many thanks to The Second City, Chicago, for offering Introduction to Cartoon Storytelling — 4 weeks of intense cartooning starting April 5. Get those pencils ready and sign up here.


Learn the art of cartoon storytelling, effective communication techniques, and develop personal expression. This course explores story breakdown, character development, page layout, and studies from life. Students will create original characters and an original story based on personal experiences. No previous drawing experience required—if you can create a stick figure, you can succeed in this course!3 hours, 4 weeks starting April 5, 2017.

About the instructor: Steven Fischer is a two-time Emmy nominated filmmaker and cartoonist. His credits include the Steve & Bluey cartoon series, the acclaimed animated documentary Freedom Dance (2007) with Mariska Hargitay, and Old School New School (2011) a personal study on creativity with celebrated actor Brian Cox and jazz legend McCoy Tyner among many other internationally acclaimed artists. Steven’s commissioned work includes projects for Maryland Public Television/PBS, TV Asia, Nextel, Bill Melendez Productions, and Screen Arts Animation. Steven is a Fulbright recipient and sought internationally to speak on creativity.


Cartoonist and animation filmmaker Steven Fischer presents Cartoon Storytelling at The Second City in Chicago. Photo by Alicia Haywood.

Harvard Medical School lecture — the healing power of cartoons

April 24, 2015

I was recently invited to speak at Harvard Medical School on how cartoon art contributes to a healing process. Many thanks to Dr. John Peteet for this honor. His course on Spirituality and Healing in Medicine, and his students, are a true delight. It’s great to see the school’s interest in the role the arts play in the healing process.

Many thanks for a wonderful evening!


Queen Mary 2 Lectures!

February 20, 2015

Watch Steven Fischer aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 talking about how writers bring characters to life and about nurturing creativity


Where in the World Was I? Round three.

February 19, 2015

The tour sailed on trying to catch a few new fans. We landed here, where these famous fishing nets caught our attention. Where in the world was I?


Where in the World Was I? Round two.

February 18, 2015

Round two of Where in the World Was I? now begins. Our promotional tour left the wilds of Dubai, and before we could say, “Get your copy of The Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony World of Steve & Bluey at“, we were here!

Where in the world was I? (Hint: Rihanna got in trouble at this place of worship.)

Post your answers in the comment section.


Where in the World Was I? Round One.

February 17, 2015

Hey, Folks. We’ve just completed a whirlwind world tour promoting the new Steve & Bluey book, The Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony World of Steve & Bluey. Over the next 7 days I’ll post a picture from 7 cities visited on the tour. Whoever correctly identifies all 7 wins an autographed copy of the book! (Although if you’d like to purchase one, we won’t object: )

No fair playing if you already knew our itinerary! Post your answers in the comment section.

Here we go. Where in the world was I? (Hint: The fountains are famous.)


Steve & Bluey on sale in Chicago!

September 4, 2014

For those in Chicagoland, The Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony World of Steve & Bluey is on sale at:
Chicago Comics
Alleycat Comics
Graham Crackers Comics
Comix Revolution

A big thank you to Seth, Shane, Joe, and Luke for your support and interest!

As always, read some pages at:


Try Your Hand at Cartooning with an Emmy Nominated Filmmaker

August 19, 2014

Join us at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Click here for tickets and registration.

No drawing experience is necessary for this unique creativity workshop! Pull out the stops and develop your original, personal story through drawing. Award-winning writer/producer/director/cartoonist/author Steven Fischer will help you generate ideas using a range of writing and drawing exercises as you develop characters, locations, environments and themes. Along the way, explore the philosophy and psychology of inspiration, cartoon art, creativity and storytelling. Tell your friends!

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sugar Grove Campus
Call to register: 630-466-2360

This workshops is for adults (ages 18 and up).

The Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony World of Steve & Bluey

June 24, 2014

A great summer read for young adult cartoon lovers. Ever wonder what life is like for a cartoon character trying to make it in animated show business? The Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony World of Steve & Bluey is a fun dream world trip into the world of cartoons combined with an insightful look at a life in the arts. Click here for sample pages and on-line ordering.