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Students Offered Glimpse Into World of Comic Book Artistry

Kaitlyn Troyer with Mr. GustovichOn November 6-7, comic book artist Mike Gustovich did a two-day residency with Highland Middle School 8th grade art students. Made possible through a Martha Holden Jennings Foundation grant via the Cliffside Artists Collaborative in Hinckley, Mr. Gustovich is an Ohio artist known for his comic book art in the 1980's and early 1990's. He created the superhero team "Justice Machine" in 1981, which went onto be featured in the comics from several publishers and also inked most of the1990's Milestone Media series "Icon." Specializing primarily in inking, he produced art for dozens of series from various publishers including Marvell Comics, DC Comics, First Comics, Comico and Eclipse Comics. During his residency, he demonstrated how pages are designed with quick gestures and taught students basic visual storytelling and a formula on how to draw the superhero form. Students were enthusiastic as they had the opportunity to try some of the new techniques during class time. Mr. Gustovich will return to HMS for a second residency in February.





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