Summer 2018!

It’s currently summerlike weather in Toronto which means we’re thinking of the months ahead and to our actual summer… Ty will be teaching two classes this summer, How to MAKE Comics and How to Design Covers. The cover design workshop is only for four weeks, and Ty only runs it every couple of years. Click the link below to see the details for the class and email us at comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com if you’d like to sign up.

UPCOMING CLASSES:  July – August 2018

Bootcamp classes are best for those who are 16 years and up.

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UPCOMING CLASSES: May – June 2018

How To DRAW THE HUMAN FIGURE

LOCATION:  392 Spadina Avenue Second Floor, Toronto Ontario

DATES:  TUESDAYS 7 – 10 pm May 8 – June 19 2018 (seven weeks)

FEES:  $360 + HST (Payment accepted by cash, cheque, interac/email transfer or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques). Payment is due by the end of the first class.

PREREQUISITESnone.

MATERIALS:  Bring paper or a sketchbook, pencils and erasers for drawing. Paper, sketchbook, laptop for notes. 

REGISTRATION/INQUIRIES:  email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com 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.

Visualizing the human form in three-dimensional space is one of the basic skills needed to make comics, and our bootcamp class makes this often difficult skill surprisingly easy, with a unique geometric approach to skeletal and muscular systems.  In seven weeks, you’ll understand the movement  of the elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and hands, basic human proportions, the muscle system, and balance (yes, in just seven weeks!) without needing a model to see it in your head.   Previous drawing experience is not required, we can teach this method to anyone willing to learn.

Bring lots of paper and pencils, this is a class for drawing, not for listening to lectures.

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HOW TO WRITE FOR COMICS PART TWO

LOCATION:  392 Spadina Avenue Second Floor, Toronto Ontario

DATES:  WEDNESDAYS 7 – 10 pm May 9 – June 20 2018 (seven weeks)

FEES:  $360 + HST (Payment accepted by cash, cheque, interac/email transfer or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques). Payment is due by the end of the first class.

Because class space is limited, if you find that your schedule/plans change and you are unable to attend the class, please let us know as soon as possible so that another student can attend.

PREREQUISITESHow To Write For Comics Part One  or How To MAKE Comics

MATERIALS:  bring what you need for taking notes; laptop, paper, pencils, pens, etc.

How To Write For Comics Part One grounds the student in the rules of plot, character, dialog, scripting and storytelling forms, we step up to a master class on practical writing. The students will learn the standard applications of tropes and genres, the rules of pacing and scene work, the secrets of world building, character bibles, supporting casts, sub-plots, comedy writing, ongoing series and much more.

Like all our workshops, we’ll be creating scripts and stories in class under a deadline. This time around, we’ll expect a complete short story about half way through, and by week seven students be pitching their own original series or graphic novel to the group. Bring your brains, and have no fear.

You’ll need something to write on, paper or laptops, whatever you prefer to use, as long as you can make it legible to fellow students.

Fall/Winter 2016

Ty is not quite halfway teaching the fall classes (How to WRITE Comics Part One and How To DRAW Comics) so it’s time to put up the information for the next set. He’ll be teaching How To WRITE Comics Part Two and How to DRAW THE HUMAN FIGURE. Details here.

Because of a change in work deadlines (mostly prompted by a successful Kickstarter campaign for Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!), Ty won’t be doing his long-talked about Environments course at this time. As this is a brand new class, he needs to spend time researching and writing it. We’ve blocked out part of December to give Ty the time he needs to break it down into seven weeks. At the moment he thinks it’s closer to being a twenty week course!

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August class: COVER DESIGN

 

COVER DESIGN:  Composition and execution

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

DATE:  Wednesdays 7-10pm August 3 – August 24 2016 (four classes)

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

FEES:  $200 Payment accepted by cash, cheque, Interac transfer 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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Summer!

Sure summer’s not technically here for another month but the temperature is 29C outside and 35C in my house and my a/c is broken so I’m too hot to argue!

Summer (June – July 2016) classes are up. How To Write Comics Part One is almost full; if you’d like a spot let us know asap. There are still spaces available in How to MAKE Comics, Ty’s Bootcamp class which is a little bit of all the skills you need to get yourself making comics! Over seven weeks, you’ll learn to write a script, do layouts, ink, and even some basic anatomy lessons.

All the details, including dates and times are at the link HERE. You can email me at comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com to be put on an email list and get notifications when I put the next set of classes up.

Thanks!

Keiren

 

UPCOMING CLASSES APRIL-MAY

Coming up in the next session is HOW TO WRITE COMICS PART 2, and HOW TO DRAW COMICS (or how to pencil the page!)

HOW TO DRAW COMICS!

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From blank paper to a finished pencilled page, HOW TO DRAW COMICS takes you through each step of layout, composition, storytelling, rendering, character turnarounds, and environmental design you’ll need to create professional looking comic pages in no time.  All you need to start the course are pencils, paper and a willingness to learn.  Both beginners and skilled illustrators are welcome, and so is everyone in between.   Come learn why comics are better than films, prose novels, TV and plays.

LOCATION:  392 Spadina Avenue Second Floor, Toronto Ontario

DATES:  TUESDAYS 7 – 10pm,  April 19th- May 30th (seven weeks)

FEES:  $350 Payment accepted by cash, cheque or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques).

REGISTRATION/INQUIRIES:  email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com 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.

HOW TO WRITE COMICS PART TWO!

This course is open to any Bootcamp students who have taken EITHER of Ty’s level one writing classes (which includes HOW TO WRITE COMICS part 1, or HOW TO MAKE COMICS part 1).  Where level 1 teaches you how to write single stories, level 2 focuses on writing for longer form structures, such as continued stories, novels, screenplays, TV series, and graphic novels.  The course focuses on writing with genre, and how to create successful and commercial characters and stories.

By the end of this course, students are expected to create, pitch and write a full pilot script for a new series.  It’s a challenge, but it’s worth it.

LOCATION:  392 Spadina Avenue Second Floor, Toronto Ontario

DATES:  WEDNESDAYS 7 – 10pm, APRIL 20th-MAY 31st (seven weeks)

FEES:  $350 Payment accepted by cash, cheque or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques).

REGISTRATION/INQUIRIES:  email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com 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.

HOW TO DRAW THE FIGURE FROM YOUR HEAD and HOW TO WRITE COMICS part 1!

The NEW classes are on the schedule!

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HOW TO DRAW THE FIGURE FROM YOUR HEAD

A knowledge of human anatomy is one of those skill sets that seems frustratingly complicated to learn.  But it’s not, we promise.  Here at the bootcamp, you get step by step instructions on how to build a figure from the skeleton up, with muscles, joints, posture, and body language all explained with simple geometric shapes in a way that anyone can understand, whether you’re a beginner or an artist who’s been at it for a while.   Our method of construction makes drawing sophisticated figures in motion seem like a magic trick!    CLICK HERE to sign up for classes starting FEB 23!

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WRITING FOR COMICS part 1

Writing is often an “invisible” skill.  It’s easy to tell when you can or can’t draw, yet difficult to know when you can or cannot write.  But plotting, dialogue, character development, story arcs, five act structures and scene work are all simple to do when you simply know what you’re doing.  Come learn the skills from a multiple award winning writer with more than thirty years in the biz of making stories and getting paid for it.  And don’t worry if you’re interested in more than comics.  Our classes appeal to novelists, screenwriters, playwrights and poets.  Writing is writing, and here’s where you’ll learn to do it like a professional.   CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR CLASSES starting FEB 24!