Gustav Carlson

Mentor Bio:
Initially hailing from a goat farm deep in the Ozarks, Gustav Carlson now lives in Fayetteville as a full-time comic creator and freelance illustrator. He has written and illustrated  two comics, Eve of the Ozarks and Backwood Folk, set in and around a fictionalized version of the Ozarks. Now he creates a universe spanning sci-fi comic called Tourist Unknown. His work can also be found animated in the documentaries Natural State of America and the Night the Blackbirds Fell. He'd tell you what he's up to when he's not drawing monsters of some sort or another, but he's found there really isn't any other kind of time.


Eve of the Ozarks-Girl and Goat Download Link

Tourist Unknown: Travelogue Issue 1 Download Link


Session Dates and Locations:

Each Weekly Session Runs Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

  • Jul 30 - Aug 3 (Springdale)
    • Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 Main St, Springdale, AR 72764

Age Range:
9 - 15

Session Description:
When words and pictures collides it can become a man with superhuman powers saving the city from some impossible robot menace. Or it can be the tales of survivors hiding from hordes of hungry zombies slinking among the graveyard. It can even be just the story of your everyday girl with her everyday problems. From the mundane to the fantastically unreal the only limit to what a comic can be is what you want to make!

During this session students will get to experience every step of making a comic book, from character design to writing and drawing. And by the end of the session each student will be able to own their comics in the form of an electronic anthology of their combined work.

Parent Description:
What an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity to create a comic book with an actual professional comic book creator. Gustav will work through the entire process of what it takes to make a comic book. They will touch on both hand drawn art, as well as, digital art all in a fun incredible atmosphere where kids can be free to wow and amaze.



Nerdies Summer Sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm. Lunch not provided.

A NON-REFUNDABLE payment is required to hold your spot for Nerdies Summer Sessions.  In the event your child is unable to attend the payment can be applied to future Nerdies offerings.

Minimum of 5 students required, maximum of 12 students total

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