To Draw The Hammer

The Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design program prepares its students to take on all kinds of challenges — even screaming fans at the San Diego Comic-Con International!

  • Kara Taylor

Chad Lewis, a graduate student in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University, is busy hammering out his version of Thor’s origin story for an upcoming Marvel  comic.

“I learned about winning while I was grading student work for one of the classes I teach in the Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design,” Lewis said. “When I heard, I called my wife and my family. Then, I hugged my dog.” Lewis says being able to work on a comic with Adobe and Marvel is a big deal because they lead the industry in their respective fields and are helping to explore the creative process.

“I went after this opportunity because I’ve always loved Marvel comics, and I use Adobe products every day,” Lewis said. “The chance to make a comic with these two companies is a dream.”

Student Chad Lewis (third from left) signs copies of his Marvel x Adobe Students comic book unveiled at Comic-Con 2015.

Chad Lewis (3rd fr. left) signs copies of his Marvel/Adobe comic unveiled at Comic-Con 2015.

While working with Marvel, Lewis is getting the chance to work with writers and editors he has enjoyed since childhood. With Adobe he receives the opportunity to work with technical experts who are masters at Adobe’s Creative Cloud and mobile applications.

When I heard, I called my wife and my family. Then, I hugged my dog.

Lewis hasn’t forgotten how he has learned this craft.

“As I create my comic, I’ll be depending on the foundations I’ve learned from the brilliant professors in Kent State’s VCD program,” Lewis said. “The materials I submitted for this contest are ones I’ve created throughout my graduate experience at Kent State, in classes like Character Design and Editorial Illustration. I just hope my involvement in a contest like this helps to spread the word about this amazing program.”

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I just hope my involvement in a contest like this helps to spread the word about this amazing program.