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

Bootcampers and Holmes Inc. creators at FAN EXPO CANADA 2012

Deadpool by Gibson Quarter

Four days of FanExpo Canada 2012 is a lot to deal with–after, we want to put our feet up and take a few days off, but we immediately have to get back to deadlines and getting tables for the classroom. Which is why it’s taken this long to talk about all the Bootcampers and Holmes Inc. creators we saw at the con. Manystopped by the table to say hi to Ty, and catch up, and Ty and I were pleased to see how many were there as artists exhibiting at the show. Always great to see someone getting a chance to do the thing that makes them happy (–and to make money off of it as well!)

We didn’t get a chance to go ’round and see everyone–Ty was either glued to the table area signing books, doing sketches, and looking at portfolios. I was showing off some of my own work, promoting the school, selling Ty’s sketchbooks etc., or acting as a “runner” trying to find the shortest line to stand in to get a can of cold Coke. Next year–we’re definitely packing a cooler with ice packs! (Only did it one day this year and forgot to take it home for refills!)

Garrus Vakarian by Selena Goulding

Selena Goulding who was there sharing a table with Meghan Carter to sell prints of their art (we heard that Selena couldn’t keep prints of Garrus in her booth, they were selling so fast!).

I’m kicking myself that I didn’t stop by Meaghan’s table to get a copy of this–one of my faves!

Daniel Wong and Gerard de la Costa were both there with Spent Pencils. We were sitting beside Bootcamper Gibson Quarter who was selling prints, copies of his latest comic Undertow #2, and showing off pages from his upcoming Heroes of the North story (Daniel Wong’s 12-pager for HoTN, The Canadian:  The Man I Think I Am, written by Ty,  had gone live the first day of the con!).

Poison Ivy print by Daniel Wong

Harley Quinn print by Gerard de la Costa

 

Adam Gorham was sharing a table with his Teuton writer/creator Fred Kennedy. They were both thrilled to be sitting beside Tony Moore (The Walking Dead) who they reported was the nicest, most helpful creator, giving them lots of advice on the industry.

Grant Howarth had a table in Artists Alley for the first time, and shared a portion of it with fellow Holmes Inc. alum Adira Rotstein. Rachael Wells had a table at March’s Toronto Comicon, but this was her first time at “the big one”.

Christopher Yao was at the show, spending some of his time at the booth for The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery/TCW promoting his upcoming classes. Although that kept him busy, he still found time to head over to the AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro booth and drew on their Cintiq monitor. Christopher ended up doing several sketches in the booth; an entranced audience asked for prints from the Epson printers AutoDesk had in their booth, and got him to sign their copies.

Ty was watching Christopher draw this; if you look closely, you can still see a bit of the “Hi Ty!” Christopher wrote at the bottom to get Ty’s attention.

But all in all, we hope it was a great convention for everyone! Lots of fans, friends and family to talk to, a chance to mix with the comic book community.

Keiren

Check out the ALUMNI list for other Bootcampers and what they’ve been working on…(it’s constantly being update; if you’re a Bootcamper, and you’ve got some work we haven’t listed yet, send us an email at comicbookbootcamp AT gmail DOT com.)

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!