Yayyy!!

FINALLY!!

We officially have the keys to our location!! The Comic Book Embassy members are all planning their moves into the building, and Comic Book Bootcamp is buying up chairs and tables and looking at the calendar to plan a mural-painting party for that oh-so-boring white wall! Can’t have a comic book school in a white room without putting something up on the walls! That would be like putting a piece of paper in front of an artist and telling them not to doodle!

It’s a busy month for Toronto comic book folk–the biggest comic convention in Canada, FAN EXPO CANADA 2012 starts NEXT Thursday August 23 and runs through until Sunday August 26. So, at the moment, we’re just holding onto the keys and making plans…an official opening party will be coming up. When we decide on the date YOU will be the first to know.

Spaces are still available in both of our FIRST classes in this new location…  Check ’em out and let us know if you’d like to reserve one.

WORKSHOPS

From a former student…

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Everyone expects as Ty’s wife-like person that I will automatically say wondrous and glowing things about him so my opinion can’t possibly be valid! But Ty and I are notoriously honest and plain-spoken, and tend to speak our minds (yes, a few fights, why do you ask?). When I took a Writing for Comics class last year, I was hopeful that it would be good–I’d heard so much positive feedback from various people, but I wanted to see for myself. By the end of the first class I was in awe; not only how thoroughly Ty explained everything, how well he got everyone to participate, how much he was able to coax even the shyest person to contribute, but also how he created an atmosphere so energetic and inspiring, that you could see visibly that people were leaving practically bouncing, eager to go off and write. (One student told Ty that he almost hated him because after a writing class he went home so filled with inspiration and an urge to write that it was hard to wind down to go to sleep.)

Class ran over (there’s always so much to pack in, and people are encouraged to ask all the questions they need) and yet students still hung out, eager to talk and share ideas with Ty. When Ty and I left some ten minutes after sending the last stragglers out the door, we discovered a cluster of students still standing out in front of the building, talking about what they learned and sharing their writing plans.

The next week, as we arrived early at the doors, I was surprised to see several students already there. It turned out that, although they had been complete strangers at the start of the first class, by the end of it, they felt such a sense of camaraderie that they had agreed to meet early, review what they had written during the week and critique each other’s work.

None of that is uncommon for Ty’s classes. As he’s said elsewhere, students from his current Holmes Inc workshop have so bonded, that four of them have rented a studio space together (which is where Bootcamp will be based), and many others have asked to be a part of it. I said jokingly that everyone is hoping for a clubhouse to be a part of it, and several agreed with me that this was exactly the feeling they wanted…said they, “We want a way to keep that Wednesday night class feeling going on all the other days.” And a couple said that Wednesday nights were their favourite night of the week and were loathe to see the class meetings end.

I asked around to see if Ty’s former students might give him an endorsement for his upcoming classes…and I think from some of the comments, you can tell that I am not exaggerating about students’ reactions.

Daniel Wong is a member of Spent Pencils, a studio of Toronto-based comic artists. A  former-professional engineer turned artist, “[his] work ranges from comic book pencils and inks to freelance illustration, from fan art to pin-ups, and from web programming to web design.” He’s  currently finishing up the colours over his pencils/inks on a twelve page Heroes of the North story (written by Ty).

Daniel wrote,

`”The best classes I’ve taken on any subject were the intense weeks I spent learning about comic book creation from Ty Templeton. Hands down, he’s the best teacher I’ve ever had.”

“I had self published a comic prior to taking Ty’s Comic Book Bootcamp, but decided to take his course based on a friend’s recommendation.  Class after class, I was totally blown away by how much knowledge Ty imparted.  Not only did he cover every aspect of comic creation, he did it with such a great teaching style that it was easy to learn and put them into practice.  I now use what I’ve learned every time I put pencil to paper.”

Harley sketch

“I was an illustrator that had some self-publishing experience in comic books.  I limited myself to only the drawing side of things, because of my inability to write.  Having taken Ty’s courses, I now feel that writing my own stories isn’t beyond reach.  Not only that, it has drastically improved my ability to convey a story through the art alone.  In a word, Ty’s classes are simply “empowering”.”

So…that’s it for today. I’ll be posting more in the coming weeks.

Keiren

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Let me teach you a thing or two…

I`m going to brag, just for a minute.  I`ll be humble when you meet me, later.

I`ve been making comic books for over twenty-five years, earning a few Eisner and Shuster Awards for my efforts along the way, and being fortunate enough to work with such legendary characters and publications as Batman, Spider-Man, the Simpsons, Superman, The Avengers, Star Trek, Bugs Bunny, Mad Magazine, the Spirit, and so many others.

If there`s one thing I`ve learned, it`s that there`s no part of my job that requires talent.  It`s all skills, knowledge and practice.  Anything to do with art, writing and craft is teachable, and the notion that some people are `born with it` is nonsense.   It`s all SKILLS.  And YOU can learn it.

For the last five years, I`ve been teaching these skills to the next generation of Comic Book superstars in my famous Comic Book Bootcamp classes in different locations all over the city of Toronto.  Finally, I have a PERMANENT location (392 Spadina Avenue, 2nd Floor at the Comic Book Embassy), and the learning is just getting started.  I can`t wait for you to join us.

If you`re interested in making comics, webcomics or graphic novels, or you just want to learn to write and draw, my Comic Book Bootcamp is quite simply, the best place in Toronto to learn how.   Ask around.

Ty Templeton

So, with that out of the way, here are the first two classes I will be teaching in September:

Writing for Comics.  ( Part One)

Tuesdays 7-10pm, September 11–October 23 2012

OPENING SPECIAL:  $325 $300 (for students who have taken this class before, and would like to repeat it, the price is $250)      Payment accepted by cash, cheque or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques). 

UPDATE:  Please note that spaces are limited for each class; registration is on a first-come first-reserved basis.

Plot, tale, character, dialogue, set pieces, scenes  and act structure —this class covers it all.  Seven intensive workshops will teach you the basic language of fiction, with an emphasis on comics and graphic novels as a script form.  This is a writing class like no other writing class you`ve ever had.

Students are expected to create stories, plots, pitches and scenes in the workshops.  Bring a pencil (with a healthy eraser) and a willingness to dig in and write, write, write!

Most of my industry awards were for my many years writing for Batman.  As a result, this course is my favourite to teach, and a favourite with students.  Class may fill up quickly, be warned.

(This course is followed by  Writing for Comics Part Two, which focuses on world building, continuing series, genre, comedy, tragedy, and a study of classical story forms.)

REGISTRATION/INQUIRES:  email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com to book a space, and to make payment arrangements.

 

Drawing the Human Figure From Your Head

Wednesdays 7-10pm, September 12-October 24

OPENING SPECIAL:  $325 $300 (for students who have taken this class before, and would like to repeat it, the price is $250)     Payment accepted by cash, cheque or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques).

UPDATE:  Please note that spaces are limited for each class; registration is on a first-come first-reserved basis.

One of the handouts I will give out in class–I explain it all, I promise!

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.

REGISTRATION/INQUIRES:  email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com to book a space, and to make payment arrangements.

Ty Templeton