TEGUCIGALPA – Hundreds of eager comic book fans lined up on November 22 and 23 to receive free hand drawn pictures of their favorite superheroes, as part of the U.S. Embassy’s participation in the annual Megacon in Honduras. Ambassador James Nealon welcomed two professional comic book artists, Tom Lyle and Rashad Doucet from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to the comic book/video game tradeshow. Along with these prized drawings, hundreds of the more than 5,000 attendees left with copies of Trace Effects, the State Department’s video game for English language learning.
Along with the artists, SCAD admission directors answered questions about attending the institution and helped more than 30 applicants apply for admission. Lyle, a professor, and Doucet, a career counselor and former student of Lyle’s, shared their experiences of managing a career in art and promoted SCAD and its various art degree programs during a week-long program in Tegucigalpa. Known for his work drawing some of Marvel’s most famous characters including Spiderman, Venom, and The Punisher as well as D.C. Comics iconic Batman and Robin, Lyle spoke to audiences of the challenges he faced earlier in his career and highlighted the linkages of a formal education in art to success in an art career.
Doucet, who writes, inks, and draws his own comic book, My Dog is a Super Hero, spoke at length of how the education he received assisted him to further his career after graduation through networking with other SCAD alumni. SCAD is a premier private art institution located in Savannah, Georgia and with campuses in Atlanta, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong.