As a visual artist, I am very excited about the resurgence of visual storytelling. Graphic novels and comics have made their way back toward the forefront of our media, and are now influencing films, television, and application design. Designers are now using the same tools in information design, and many of those same techniques are used to create TED videos. So, it was a pleasure to meet Andrew Perry after hearing students at RIT rave about his graphic novels class. I was excited to hear Andrew talk about his affinity for Chris Ware’s work, which has been featured on This American Life, and in a variety of other media. In this talk, Andrew walks us through the history of comics and their potential influence on the future of communication.
Andrew has worked at Rochester Institute of Technology for the last eleven years, where he is the Associate Director of the Writing Center in R.I.T.’s newly formed University Writing Program. He regularly teaches Writing Seminar, a Graphic Novel course, and occasionally a Native American Literature course. Andrew also teaches writing in R.I.T.’s College Restoration Program, in the Higher Educational Opportunity Program, and oversees the Online Writing Lab (OWL). He has presented numerous papers at professional conferences and has been nominated three times for R.I.T.’s prestigious Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.