Thien Pham is an artist and educator at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. His brand new book, Sumo, released on 12.12.12, is a graphic novel about an aspiring Sumo wrestler. Graphic novels are narrative stories that are accompanied by sequential artwork. The term “graphic novel” is broad and encompasses many different styles and formats.

Thien Pham has also worked as an illustrator on publications such as the graphic novel Level Up, and his food review comic strip called I Like Eating was featured in the East Bay Express. We dropped by his classroom to learn more about his art career and new book, and were treated to a hands-on lesson in how to draw four-panel comic strips, as well as ideas about how to develop characters.

Check out Thien’s interview and video lessons, then get out those Sharpie pens and draw your own comics! We’d love to see how this moment of inspiration with one of the Bay Area’s most famous comic artists inspires projects in your classroom.

Graphic Novels with Thien Pham 21 December,2012Kristin Farr


Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.

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