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Clubs team up to transform comics ‘from one form of art to another’

Art Club and Comic Book Club collaborate for comic book button-making and collage event
Jan Melara, president of the Art Club, and Julie Stainkamp, president of the Comic Book Club, discuss their recent collaboration.
Carl Corry
Art Club and Comic Book Club members design buttons, collages and crafts on Feb. 28, 2024. (Compass News/Carl Corry)

More than 20 people joined an Art Club and Comic Book Club team up on Feb. 28 to make buttons and collages out of comic books in the Babylon Student Center.

The collaboration was a result of ongoing conversations between the current president of the Art Club, Jan Melara, and Comic Book Club President Julie Stainkamp, 18, a sociology major from Massapequa Park.

Some students made collages, while others drew sketches and others made buttons of superheroes such as “Superman” and “Wolverine” comics.

“We cut out comics and transfer them from one form of art to another,” said Melara, 20, a visual arts major from Ridge.

“Jan is a past member of the Comic Book Club from our  fall semester and of course because he’s president [of the Art Club] and because of Common Hour we run club at the same time, so we thought it would be a great idea to collaborate and have some fun – bring the team all back together with Jan and Comic Book Club and get some arts and crafts in.”

Carl Corry is an assistant journalism professor and adviser to the Comic Book Club.

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