This and That…

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

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

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

The next set of classes will be…

starting up in May. To avoid Monday holidays (Victoria Day, this time out), we will be running classes Tuesdays to Thursdays.

Thursday May 1 will be the first meeting for HOLMES INCORPORATED #4. Interested students can email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com–only students who have taken classes with Ty will be considered.

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Starting Tuesday May 14, Ty will be teaching PENCILING THE PAGE. Previously called LAYOUT FOR COMICS, this classis the fundamental how-to course for creating comic art – from blank paper to finished page, through thumbnail sketches, layouts and pencils, this is everything you need to know about how stories are told visually, and how to make great pages come to life.”

WRITING FOR COMICS PART TWO will take place on Thursdays, starting May 16. Only students who have previously taken PART ONE (in any session) will be registered for this workshop.

Check the information under UPCOMING CLASSES for all the details on WRITING FOR COMICS PART TWO, and PENCILING THE PAGE. Check HOLMES INC. #4 for more information on the upcoming course.

Keiren

SPECIAL!!!! ***ONE DAY WORKSHOP!!!!

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This illustration was completely coloured with markers!

RENDERING WITH MARKERS

Saturday December 15 1-4pm

$65 (includes the cost of THREE Copics markers, and illustrations printed on art board)

email us at comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com and save yourself a spot in this class!

No materials required–all will be provided by the instructor.

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A member of Comic Book Embassy, animator/illustrator/webcomic artist Megan Kearney  will be running a one-day workshop on RENDERING WITH MARKERS. Megan has run similar workshops before, and has a lot of experience working with different brands and kinds of colouring markers in her work.

If you want to learn to colour pinups, comics, webcomics, manga, any kind of illustration–this is the class for you! Learn how markers can give you a variety of looks, and a depth and richness of colour you thought you could only do with paints or digital colouring.

The class will run Saturday December 15 1-4pm at our school. No matter what your level of drawing ability, you will be able to take this workshop and learn to colour! Megan will provide each student with illustrations (printed on art paper) to work from, and each student will receive THREE Copics markers, included in the price, to take home at the end of the workshop. She will also have a supply of other markers so that you have a variety of colours to work with for the class.

Meg will teach you how to colour, to shade, how to layer with the markers, how to build up colours, and how to mix to make new colours. This isn’t just basic colouring–she’ll show you how you can use Copics to mimic the look and effect of watercolours. You will be amazed at what you will be able to do by the end of the three hours!

Class size is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible–and make sure you specify which class you would like. Pre-registration is necessary so that Megan is able to provide supplies to each student.

RENDERING WITH MARKERS

Instructor:  Megan Kearney

Saturday December 15 1-4pm

$65 (includes the cost of THREE Copics markers, and illustrations printed on art board)

email us at comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com and save yourself a spot in this class!

No materials required–all will be provided by the instructor.

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Art and colours by Megan Hendriks

Keiren

New Classes for November Announced

THE NEW CLASSES ARE ANNOUNCED.

WRITING FOR COMICS – PART 2

LAYOUT AND STORY TELLING

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 CLICK THE UPCOMING CLASSES BUTTON (above), OR CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!

Please note–when we say that space is limited and so, we’re limiting the enrolment, we really do mean that! Part of the enjoyment of the classes is having students share their work and get feedback and reaction from classmates–classes are kept to a size which facilitates that.

From a former student…

Click HERE for WORKSHOPS info.

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.”

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“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

Click HERE for WORKSHOPS info.

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

We’re getting there!

Getting classroom space sorted out–the joy of doing this kind of thing during the summer months when everyone is going off to enjoy their vacation! Subscribe to this site for updates, or join the Facebook Fan Page, Ty Templeton’s COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP!!, or send an email to comicbookbootcamp at gmail dot com to be put on an email list.

Will let you know all the details as they fall into place!