Respected Comic Book Artist Volunteers at South Jersey Elementary School

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Students at Downe Township Elementary School are getting the opportunity to learn something new from a respected comic book artist who has decided to take his success and use it to give back to the community.

Pam Schumacher, the Learning and Language Disabilities teacher at the school, says she saw Glenn Fisher's artwork before, but didn't believe it was his.

“Last year, I saw a couple of Mr. Fisher’s sketches," said Schumacher. "I was told he’s a comic book artist. I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’ But then I saw some more and it was wonderful. So, I happened to see Mr. Fisher, said, ‘Would you like to come in and do a couple [of] art lessons with my class?’ and he said, 'Sure!’"

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Since January, Fisher has been volunteering during Mrs. Schumacher's class, teaching artwork once a week.

“They’ve learned horizon, perspective, vanishing point," said Schumacher. "They’ve learned that when they’re drawing, not to draw so heavily, because they’re probably going to have to erased, and just working together and listening to another adult."

After working in The Department of Corrections for 25 years, Fisher decided to follow his dream and pursue his artwork.

He worked on many small press books, worked with Image Comics on Shadowhawk, and produced some designs for Marvel Comics, one of the most well-known comic book publishers in the world.

“It’s a form of expression and in an art class, it’s more about effort, it’s more about trying to accomplish something as opposed to what your actual result is," said Fisher.

"And in no where else in life is that really applicable. But in art class, at least when I was in school, it was the one place where even the kids that couldn’t draw, could still get a good grade because they tried as hard as they could.”

Fisher's grandson attends Downe Township Elementary, so he thought getting involved with the school would give him the opportunity to become more involved in his grandson's life.

Fisher said getting to experience this after not having the chance to with his own kids is something very special to him. He said that if students get to learn something new on top of that, then that's just an added bonus.

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