College hosts The Suffers’ Kam Franklin for special event

02.22.2019 | By Andrea Vasquez

San Jacinto College students enjoyed a first-hand look into critical thinking and creative processes at the annual Lyceum Committee event on Feb. 5 at the San Jacinto College South Campus.

“Game Changers and Box Breakers: Critical Thinking in Our World” gave students a chance to hear from Kam Franklin, lead singer for the internationally acclaimed Gulf Coast soul band, The Suffers, and Kris Pierce, director of promotional video at Dallas-based anime distribution company, Funimation Entertainment. Both Franklin and Pierce described their creative processes along with demonstrations on how their art ultimately comes to fruition.

“I like to start with whatever is in my heart that day,” said Franklin. “Whatever is making my heart smile, whatever is making me frustrated, whatever is causing me to lose sleep- that’s where I begin. For example, today it’s Houston traffic.” As the crowd laughed, Franklin along with longtime friend and local Houston musician Sugar Joiko (Joi Keeling) on the keyboard, started out with a simple rhythm. Franklin began asking the audience questions to the beat which quickly turned into harmonized answers, which were then lyrics.

Pierce discussed the animation process behind one of Funimation’s digital ads. He walked the audience through phases of the process from sketch concepts, storyboarding, and even creating some of the featured pieces by hand in the office’s studio. Pierce’s presentation showed that some fields have more than one avenue to become successful.

“I think it’s important for students to really explore as many facets of their chosen career field as possible,” he said. “In graphic design alone there are so many more aspects to this field that many people don’t realize. Be curious, ask questions, and dig deeper. Chances are that you’ll find something you love to do that you never knew was out there.”

To round out the event, Franklin also gave a special performance, and Pierce screened one of Funimation’s newest films, “Your Name.”


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.

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