Learn about the art of comic books at ‘Superheroes of History’ day

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library will host a comic class that draws on historical figures. photo by Kreg Steppe via Flickr Creative Commons

Learn to design your own comic book this Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. at Superheroes of History Day hosted by the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids (1400 Inspiration Pl. S.W.).

Local artist and comic writer Jonathan Sims will teach the class, instructing attendees on how to write and design a superhero comic. Open to all ages and geared toward kids, the class will include a historical component, and students will be encouraged to draw inspiration for their superheroes from real heroes from the past.

“We’re hosting this event because we want to help kids find connections between their favorite superheroes and amazing people in history,” said Sara Jacobmeyer, director of programs at the museum. “We want kids to think about how they can make a difference in the world, while also learning a fun, creative skill.”

This is the first time the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library will host an event like this, Jacobmeyer adds.

“[Comics] draw you into the story in a way that traditional books don’t,” said Jacobmeyer. “They also often tell stories of the most fantastical people and their struggles. Reading comics is a cherished form of escapism.”

Superheroes of History is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about comic books and drawing.

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