WE TRANSFORM LIVES BY GIVING INDIVIDUALS THE TOOLS TO TELL THEIR OWN STORIES

“SAW gave me the confidence to become the artist I wanted to be. I am very grateful for the time I spent learning, trying, studying comics, figuring out my own style, letting myself struggle, succeed and fail, working in many different mediums and learning from all the different mentors and guest speakers. The community was a big part of why this worked for me. I felt very supported by my classmates/friends when it came to the work and figuring things out… I am so happy Tom started this school. It also gave me the momentum to keep up with the drawing and how to keep it going. It was so much better than I had ever imagined. I'll forever have fond memories of my time at SAW.” - Tamara Jong, scholarship recipient

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit artschool and creative community based in Gainesville, Florida with online programs providing comics instruction to people of all ages, all over the world.

Our Mission is to educate emerging visual storytellers and foster a community that celebrates creative investigation, exploration and excellence in cartooning and comic art.

We offer a diverse range of programs that create affordable learning opportunities for young, emerging, established and professional comics enthusiasts alike.

All donations are tax deductible.

Give the Gift of Opportunity

  • Support affordable classes for teens and adults

  • Provide scholarship opportunities for people who have been historically excluded from comics, arts and literary education

  • Cover the cost of materials and resources for workshops

  • Support free public events and exhibitions

  • Create new professional development opportunities for emerging, established and expert cartoonist

  • Keeps the lights on in our brick-and-mortar school in Gainesville and in the homes of our staff throughout the United States

  • And much, much more...

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