As I gave a lecture and presentation to about 100 students at the Kubert School in Dover, New Jersey, I felt I was speaking to the future of comic art, both men and women.
Right from the time I arrived at the school, after taking the NJ Transit train from New York’s Penn Station, I knew the expectations were high. The atmosphere was that of a warm welcome. I met a student outside the building who welcomed me and asked if I was the one who was giving the lecture. Unknown to him, I had dashed into the Kubert Art Store at the side of the school building earlier to replenish my art supplies.
Meeting old comic art friends such as Michael Chen, Kim Demulder, Fernando Ruiz, Mike Kraiger and the first family of comics, brothers Adam and Andy Kubert who now run the school, was just awesome. Legendary comic book artist Joe Kubert and his wife Muriel, who he founded the school with, are no longer with us, but I felt their presence that day in the school.
An impressive and attentive group of students took in my lecture and presentation. I noticed how the school is now made up of more international students ,who make up 20 percent of total student population, coming from Asian, Europe and South America. Works of students adorned the walls of the school like a gallery, something that’s happen since I attended.
I was the first African and Nigerian to attend the school and first joint international student, along with Bjorn Ousland from Norway. The Kubert School has come a long way and has evolved through the years, embracing digital art and more. The future of comics and other forms of illustrations and art lies with present group of students training to become professionals. My lecture and PowerPoint presentation had everything…advice, works, humour, questions and answers and video.