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Too busy to think up creative titles today in the Land of Bootcamp. Trying to plan out the schedule for the next couple of months…

January-February classes started last week. There are still a couple of spaces available in HOW TO INK COMICS; if you’re interested and let us know pretty much RIGHT NOW! Ty can catch you up on what you missed last week, and you can start in on the second class this Thursday. comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com

FRIDAY JANUARY 30, 7 – 10pm, COMIC BOOK CREATORS ASSEMBLE!!

We had our first Bootcamp get-together a couple of months back and had a loud raucous fun gathering. Bootcamper Shane Kirshenblatt offered up his event space, BACK SPACE TORONTO, for future gatherings (until the end of April, when it closes). As it’s a much larger space, we’ve opened up the gatherings to anyone in the Toronto comics community who would like to join us. Come meet other creators, pro and just-getting-started… network, share stories, check out each other’s work. Ty will be doing portfolio reviews during this event so feel free to bring yours. Reviews will be done publicly for all to see, as watching someone else’s review can be as much of a learning experience as having your own done.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7, 11AM – 11PM, 12 HOUR TORONTO COMIC BOOK MARATHON

I will be hosting a twelve hour comics marathon at the BACK SPACE TORONTO (again, with much thanks to Shane Kirshenblatt for donating use of the space). The event is open to anyone who wishes to participate, but I do need to know how many chairs I’ll need (in case I have to import more) so PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE! Sorry for shouting, but I wanted to get your attention! Email me, Keiren, at comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com. You can work solo or as part of a team.

This is a relaxed easy-going gathering; come hang out, work on a comic… do an analog comic, plan a book, work on a webcomic. Work with whatever media you like; we’ve had people work digitally, with collages (soooooooo cool, Mr. Ricky Lima!), with ink-stamped letters, and more. Bring whatever materials you’d like to work with. There are some outlets in the room if you have devices which will need charging. If you’re planning to listen to music or shows whilst working, please bring headphones.

We will have a SMALL fridge available if you’d like to bring snacks. We’ll have coffee and tea available, and the neighbourhood is full of great restaurants and shops (grocery store only a couple of blocks away, Burrito Boyz just a few doors down!).

So, just email me if you’re planning to participate! comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com.

And! I’ve just posted the info on March and April’s classes, HOW TO WRITE COMICS PART ONE, and HOW TO DRAW HEADS, HANDS AND FACES. The writing class tends to fill very quickly (and I’ve had people asking about it for months) so let us know if you’d like to be in either or both of ‘em.

Keiren

Bootcampers in The Wild

A quick scroll through my social media shows Bootcampers are busy, creative people:

James Cooper is writing and directing his first feature film. His latest short film, Interview With a Time Traveler is available for viewing online.

cover_fullBootcampers Todd Sullivan, Christopher Bird, Nelson da Rocha, Stephany Lein, Oliver Ho, Brice Hall, BC Holmes, Greg Jensen, and Daniel Reynolds some of the creators involved in Toronto Comics Anthology, a book that sprang out of a casual suggestion by Ty Templeton. The cover was done by Adam Gorham. The creators and founders of TCA were so impressed with the enthusiasm of the participants and the readers that they are moving ahead with Volume Two. 

Adam Gorham has been a busy busy artist! As well as the cover for the first volume of Toronto Comics Anthology, he did a variant cover for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #2 (IDW), available this week at your LCS. Check Adam’s blog, A Princely Dreadful, to find out when his next TMNT/Ghostbusters covers (for #3 and #4) will be out.TMNT-Ghostbusters-02_RE-Gorham

While you’re at your LCS, check for a copy of Zero #12 (Image), written by Ales Kot, art by the one and only Adam Gorham!

Al’Rashad: City of Myths, a webcomic written by Christopher Bird is still ongoing; new page posted each week.

Meaghan Carter has completely finished her webcomic, Take Off! It is now available in three volumes.

(Bootcampers:  please email me at comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com if you have any work you’d like to promote–Keiren)

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November – December Workshops…

…are now posted. The second part of HOW TO WRITE COMICS will run Thursdays, November 6 to December 18. Ty’s unique take on learning anatomy, HOW TO DRAW THE HUMAN FIGURE (FROM YOUR HEAD) will be on Tuesdays, November 4 to December 16.

Keiren

Fall classes!

Yep, it’s still summer–and there’s lots to go, no worries! But we’ve had so many people asking when Ty would be teaching his intro classes, that we decided to post ‘em early. Starting September 9, Ty will be teaching HOW TO MAKE COMICS (previously known as COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP). HOW TO WRITE COMICS (formerly known as WRITING FOR COMICS) begins on Thursday September 11.

Check the page for all relevant details and let us know as soon as possible if you’re interested in either of these classes; these two fill up very quickly.

UPCOMING CLASSES SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2014

Keiren

 

July Classes

UPDATED:  The Cover Design class is rescheduled to start a week later, Tuesday July 22 and run for three weeks, ending August 5, 2014. At this point, we’ve had only a few inquiries about the Portfolio Review class. We’ll wait another week to see if anyone is interested and decide if it will run.

JUST got around to consulting with Ty to plan out July classes…he’s been busybusybusy with conventions (Moncton and Denver), fundraising (Tackle Cancer for Ryan) and Batman 66 Meets The Green Hornet.

Last year, many students told us they weren’t interested in taking classes in August. To that end, we’re not scheduling any full seven week workshops. Ty will be doing his Cover Design workshop (brand new last year), and will plan to schedule at least one Portfolio Review workshop (based on interest). He had hoped to put together a new Environments class but is too busy with his own comics workload at this time; potentially, it will be ready for late fall.

Read the course descriptions and email us at comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com if you’re interested; space in the class is limited. Let us know if you would like to take the Portfolio Review class and which Thursday will work for you.

And if you have any suggestions for potential classes, feel free to drop us an email… (at this time, we’re not planning to run any classes with digital components, such as colouring or lettering).

Keiren

May – July Workshops

The next classes will still be seven weeks but are starting later in the month than usual which means we will go until the first week of July. Ty has a busy month in May with various commitments and it was necessary to have a late start rather than postpone for several weeks in the middle of a session.

WRITING FOR COMICS (AND OTHER THINGS) PART TWO will start on Tuesday May 27 and run on Tuesdays until the end of June. Because of the July 1 holiday, the final class is scheduled for the following THURSDAY July 3.

The art class this session is PENCILING THE PAGE:  The language of storytelling with pictures. I was just at a party this past weekend, attended by a lot of editors who were asking about comic books and graphic novels. Comics creators Ronn Sutton, Janet Hetherington and I were trying to explain the importance of storytelling and layouts. The quick explanation we agreed on was that storytelling/layouts is the cinematography of comic books. This class will teach you everything Ty Templeton knows about just that.

Click HERE for descriptions and details for each course. Classes will fill quickly, let us know as soon as possible if you would like to join us.

AND…

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we are often asked if Ty will ever teach any of his classes anywhere but in Toronto and the answer has always been “sorry no”…until now! We will be going to Moncton NB in May to attend the East Coast Comic Expo. The week before, Wednesday May 14 to Friday May 16, 10-4pm, Ty will be teaching a special version of PENCILING THE PAGE:  The language of storytelling with pictures. The class will take place at McKenzie College, which is co-sponsoring it with the East Coast Comic Expo. If you are on the east coast and are able to attend a class in Moncton, please click HERE for further information, and to register.

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Keiren

March-April Workshops: Update

With a month to go, WRITING FOR COMICS PART ONE is full. We have two spaces left for HEADS HANDS AND FACES, so let us know as soon as possible if you’re interested.

Keiren