Jon Dorn is a filmmaker, cartoonist and educator whose work focuses on conventional storytelling forms like comics, narrative fiction film and music video. Through allegory, satire and visual representations of the imagination, his fictional work explores the inner lives of well-developed characters.
He has published hundreds of comics, political cartoons, and illustrations, including the comic Cartland. His cartoon work has been featured at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), South Shore Comic Con, regionally syndicated by Gatehouse Media, and exhibited at the Huret & Spector Gallery in Boston.
His film work includes music videos, sketch comedy, and commercial video, as well as cinematography and camera credits on independent shorts. His music videos have been screened at events like Rhode Island Comic Con, the SENE Film, Music and Art Festival, and the Silversonic Music Video Showcase.
He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Media Art from Emerson College, Boston, and a BA in psychology from Skidmore College. He is the owner of Four String Films, and has taught film/media production at Emerson College, Bridgewater State University and Cambridge Community Television; he works extensively in the eastern Massachusetts music community as the co-founder of Brewster Productions LLC.
Artist statement: My work is rooted in a lifelong fascination with psychology. Through storytelling, character study and social commentary, I seek to examine the inner lives of people through multidisciplinary work in conventional media like comics, narrative film, music video, mixed media collage and animation. Allegory, metaphor and satire are the chief constituents of this exploration. With characters at the center, my work takes an intertextual approach to subjective representations of the imagination, societal absurdities and the tenuous nature of interpersonal relationships, allowing for a colloquial mode of psychological inquiry.