2017 Workshop Syllabi

Comics 101

Comics 101 is a one day course is designed to teach you
where comics came from, and how the industry has changed. We’ll explore The first comics, critics, graphic novels, censorship, local history, and we’ll make our own comic strips.

Taught by Jenny Blenk.

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Comic Origins

Like any superhero, comics has a thrilling origin story. This workshop is a one-day course designed to explore how “comics” came to be. We’ll travel through history and around the world to see if we can make sense of what makes comics comics. We’ll pay special attention to the editorial cartoons, newspaper strips, and comics books from before the 1980s that laid the foundation for the artists and texts you love.

Taught by Andréa Gilroy.

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Writing Comics

This one day, 3 hour workshop is designed with your story in mind. We’ll explore what a narrative is, ways to express your narrative, who your characters are, what the action and story arc are, how to keep track of the details, and you’ll learn how to write a comic script, connecting text with image. We’ll be writing, brainstorming, workshopping, sharing, and experimenting.

Taught by Kristine Evans.

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Character Development

This one day course is designed to help you learn how to create your own characters and build your own world! We’ll explore the many aspects of character design, the various ways to communicate personality through visual cues, as well as creating a sense of place and perspective with your character’s surroundings.

Taught by Liz Yerby.

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Comic Layouts

This one day course is designed to help you understand and design layouts for your comics. We’ll explore how your narrative and images support one another, short writing exercises, various ways to design a layout, types of panels and pages, and how to control time.

Taught by Kristine Evans

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Lettering

This one day, 3 hour course will marry the words with your pictures. We’ll look at a variety of ways that professional comic artists add text to their works. The beauty of your own handwriting, carefully rendering lettering using different types of pens, and computer generated fonts will all be explored, as well as placement, size, and legibility. It is recommended that participants bring layouts or ideas of the tone, theme, aesthetic of the fonts they want to try. Maybe a sentence or two to practice with!

Taught by Anna Vo.

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FREE COMIC BOOK FONTS

FREE FONTS AND TITLES: DA FONT
FREE FONTS AND TITLES: 1001 FREE FONTS

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BEGINNER LESSONS ON PHOTOSHOP

Inking + Coloring

This one day course is designed to help you learn how to ink your own comics with a dynamic and unique flair! We’ll explore the many methods of inking comic panels, the various ways to communicate depth through marks and lines, as well as the various methods and media that can be used to create inks.

Taught by Melanie Stevens and Kelly Fitzpatrick.

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WATCH THIS COOL VIDEO ON COLORING FOR COMICS!!!

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Post Production

This one day course is designed to help you learn how to edit and get your comics ready for print or online publishing! We’ll explore the many methods of color correction, resolution and resizing, the various file formats and their uses, as well as how and where to save your comic files for future use.

Taught by Kelly Fitzpatrick and Melanie Stevens.

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HOW TO SCAN YOUR INK DRAWINGS

HOW TO DIGITALLY SEPARATE THE LINES ON A SCANNED INK DRAWING