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 2014 workshops

The next session of classes will start March 11, yep during March Break for grade school kids and after Toronto Comic Con 2014. Ty will be teaching WRITING FOR COMICS PART ONE on Tuesdays, and HEADS, HANDS AND FACES on Wednesdays.

Ty’s Writing class fills quite quickly–it’s so popular and so highly-praised that his last writing classes, Part One and Part Two, included a student who drove up from Rochester New York every Wednesday to take it! So if you’re interested send us an email as soon as possible in order to get in; generally, we don’t keep a waiting list.

The HEADS, HANDS AND FACES class was brand new last year–this is a class jam-packed with the instruction you need to learn to do these body parts…and to make interesting and unique faces for all your characters.

Read up on the classes here and then email us at comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com for more information.

Keiren

JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2014 CLASSES

After doing a quick unscientific survey of his Penciling the Page students, Ty has decided to run INKING FOR COMICS in the new year. For new students or those who want to brush up on their comic-making skills, he will also be teaching COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP PART ONE.

Take a quick look at all the information about these two workshops (including, time, dates, location, etc.) and let us know as soon as possible if you would like to join these classes. If you wish to register, or ask any questions, email us at comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com.

KEIREN

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November-December Classes

Been studying the calendar with Ty, planning out the next set of classes. At the moment, we’re scheduling WRITING FOR COMICS (and graphic novels, and webcomics, and short films, and short stories and…) PART TWO for Tuesdays (November 5 – December 17), and PENCILING THE PAGE for Wednesdays (November 6 – December 18). (Click for all the details)

We’re discussing adding other classes by other teachers; as soon as we finalise those plans, we’ll post the information. These are the only classes Ty Templeton will be teaching during this time period.

Ty wants to point out that PENCILING THE PAGE is much more than just drawing and, in fact, “drawing skills are helpful but not necessary”. This class is good for both writers and artists–it’s about telling the story through the pictures, leading the eye across the page, reinforcing the words themselves.

“After seven weeks, the students will understand the rules of panel to panel flow, information streams, page design, close-ups, establishing shots and action panels (and when to use them), character turnarounds, story bibles and so much more! From knife fights aboard an exploding helicopter to romantic conversations over the breakfast table, a step-by-step approach to the how and why of page composition is explored in depth.”

Check outthe class descriptions and email us at

comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com.

You can also email us if you’d like to be added to our email list to be notified of future classes.

Keiren

WORKSHOPS FOR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013

Seems odd to be planning out a return to school on such a beautiful summer day in July…but we’ve had to plan out the rest of our year in order to accomodate classes, holidays, convention appearances and more.

Go HERE to read up on September’s workshops–and for the first time ever, Ty will be teaching a workshop on a weekend! Starting Sunday September 22, Ty will teach COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP PART ONE. Check the link for details.

Keiren

 

Summer Classes

We’ve been taking a look at the calendar, planning out the next session of classes. We’ve decided not to run any full seven-week classes; some of the feedback we’ve had from students (current and potential) is that comic fans are saving their dollars for FanExpo. But, there are a lot who are hoping to be at FanExpo and other summer conventions with their own books to sell, or with portfolios to show editors. To that end, we’ve decided to tailor our summer offerings to helping students with those needs.

PORTFOLIO HOW-TO AND REVIEW
How to put together the best possible portfolio to show an editor

DATE:  Thursday 7-10 pm. July 4 2013

MATERIALS:  Students should bring the art they are planning to show an editor; drawings, pinups, sequential pages. They don’t have to be in a “proper” portfolio book for this class (but do plan to buy one).

PRICE:    $30

Payment accepted by cash, cheque or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques).

REGISTRATION/INQUIRES:  email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com or call us at 905-822-2961 to book a space, and to make payment arrangements. Please note that spaces are limited for each class; registration is on a first-come first-reserved basis.

First up, a PORTFOLIO HOW-TO AND REVIEW workshop. This will be one three-hour session. Ty will spend the first half-hour or so, explaining what skills and examples editors look for in a portfolio, how your portfolio should be put together and arranged, and what pages you should have in it to best show off your abilities to any potential client.

Immediately following, Ty will spend time reviewing each student’s portfolio/art samples, giving highly specific critiques and notes for the work in front of him.

Students are welcome to leave after their own review but are advised that it’s in their best interest to stay and watch everyone go through the process.  Much will be learned with every example.

Because of the time involved in that process, the class will be limited to ten students. If more than ten students are interested in this class, we will add on additional workshops in subsequent weeks.

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COVER DESIGN, COMPOSITION and EXECUTION

PREREQUISITE:  none, although knowledge/experience of drawing is helpful.

DATE:  Tuesdays 7-10pm July 2 – July 16, 2013

MATERIALS:  paper for drawing (loose sheets or sketchbooks), pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener, paper and pens for taking notes

PRICE:  $125

Payment accepted by cash, cheque or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques).

REGISTRATION/INQUIRES:  email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com or call us at 905-822-2961 to book a space, and to make payment arrangements. Please note that spaces are limited for each class; registration is on a first-come first-reserved basis.

A cover is not simply a drawing, it’s a conversation with your potential reader.  It’s one-part advertising, one-part introduction, and a whole mess of parts involving content, composition, style, and the needs of the readers and retailers.

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Arguably, the cover is the single most important element of a comic book business, and is often the most overlooked.  This new course is a greatly expanded version of the 90 minute cover lecture Ty has given in his Bootcamp Level 1, class, including elements and lessons never taught at the Bootcamp before!!

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As always, classes are first-come first served…so email us asap to reserve a space.

comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com