September Scheduling

Hey Bootcampers! At this point, HOW TO WRITE COMICS Part One** is full, and we have one space left for HOW TO MAKE COMICS. We are keeping a wait list for both classes though, if you’re still interested.

**However…if we get enough names on a wait list for HOW TO WRITE COMICS, Ty will teach the class on a second day–Wednesdays 7 – 10pm September 9 – October 21 2015. If you are interested, please email us at and let us know as soon as possible.

Information for both classes is HERE.


July Classes

UPDATED:  The Cover Design class is rescheduled to start a week later, Tuesday July 22 and run for three weeks, ending August 5, 2014. At this point, we’ve had only a few inquiries about the Portfolio Review class. We’ll wait another week to see if anyone is interested and decide if it will run.

JUST got around to consulting with Ty to plan out July classes…he’s been busybusybusy with conventions (Moncton and Denver), fundraising (Tackle Cancer for Ryan) and Batman 66 Meets The Green Hornet.

Last year, many students told us they weren’t interested in taking classes in August. To that end, we’re not scheduling any full seven week workshops. Ty will be doing his Cover Design workshop (brand new last year), and will plan to schedule at least one Portfolio Review workshop (based on interest). He had hoped to put together a new Environments class but is too busy with his own comics workload at this time; potentially, it will be ready for late fall.

Read the course descriptions and email us at if you’re interested; space in the class is limited. Let us know if you would like to take the Portfolio Review class and which Thursday will work for you.

And if you have any suggestions for potential classes, feel free to drop us an email… (at this time, we’re not planning to run any classes with digital components, such as colouring or lettering).


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.



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.




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

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


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.

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 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.



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 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.


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!!



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

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–only students who have taken classes with Ty will be considered.


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.


New Classes! March-April 2013

This week is Class #3 for the current session of workshops, so it’s time to plan the next set. After some planning sessions, here’s what Ty has decided on for his own classes (we’re still planning out classes to be taught by other teachers, including some aimed at kids and teenagers–keep an eye on the site for those):


Wednesdays 7-10pm, March 13-April 24 2013

FEES:  $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).

REGISTRATION/INQUIRES:  email 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.

Plot, tale, character, dialogue, set pieces, scenes  and act structure —we cover it all.  Seven intensive workshops, will teach you the basic language of fiction, with an emphasis on comic 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.  This class generally fills very quickly–so reserve a spot as soon as possible..

(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.)


Drawing the Human Figure From Your Head

Mondays 7-10pm, March 11 – April 22 2013

FEES:  $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).

REGISTRATION/INQUIRES:  email 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.



Tuesdays 7-10pm, March 12-April 23 2013

FEES:  $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).

REGISTRATION/INQUIRES:  email 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.

For students who have completed COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP PART ONE, the layout/scripting/anatomy lessons continue, with a new emphasis on dialogue, character, pencilling and inking the final page, facial features, cover design, body language, expressions and “acting” with a pencil.  Students will write and draw their own short comic story by the end of the seven week course.

Bring paper or a sketchbook, pencils and erasers for drawing lessons; a notebook or laptop or whatever you need to write down lessons.



Ty will do his best to help students catch up on any lessons missed if they miss a class; a makeup class won’t be the full three hours (as in-class instruction includes class participation, exercises, etc.) but will include all knowledge passed on.


…ENDURANCE CONTEST OF WILLS is now over and we’re in recovery mode over here!

24 hour comic day logo_header

logo designed by COMIC BOOK EMBASSY’S Brice Hall

On Saturday, January 5 2013, more than thirty creators showed up at The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery and Guerilla Printing for an event hosted by us (Comic Book Bootcamp!), and our studio-mates,Comic Book Embassy.

And So It Begins...JoePhoto

(photo by Kevin Boyd) This was from the first few minutes; people continued to stream in over that first hour. A couple turned up in the late afternoon!

Our event was inspired obviously as a take off on Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comic Day, which was held back on October 20. As Ty said over on ART LAND!!, at that time, we were still getting our class space organised, and there were still many comics-related events taking place, keeping a lot of creators fairly busy. So, we decided to run our own in January as a great start to the new year–a chance for one last fun holiday event before everyone is “officially” back at work and school, a chance to jump in and do the comic book you’ve always wanted to do.


(photo by Tyrone McCarthy)

I said in an email to participants,

“The original intention of Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comic was to win a bet with a fellow creator and show him that it was possible for a single person to make a comic, from start to finish, in a single 24 hour period. My hope for this event was a little different–I wanted everyone to find out that it was possible for ANYONE to make a comic if they wanted.”

The participants’ list for the event fluctuated quite a bit–we kept it restricted to 30 figuring people would turn up at the last minute hoping to join in. So, even though three people didn’t turn up and three more cancelled, we still ended up with 34 people participating during the entire event…although that number is low as there were some who came in throughout the 24 hours and sat down and joined in for anywhere from thirty minutes to several hours. A couple creators had to leave unexpectedly, and a few came in knowing that they wouldn’t be able to stay the entire time-period but still wanting to participate–one actually finished her 24 page comic in the first seven hours, having carefully planned it out at the beginning of the day. But all in all, we were pretty amazed to see the turnout–with creators from all across the GTA, from as far afield as Hamilton, St. Catherines, and Barrie.

Ty at 24comicjam_Joephoto

(photo by Kevin Boyd) Ty turned up to join the participants, “to show solidarity” said he. He finished pencilling and inking that day’s Bun Toon, then headed for home to digitally colour and post it.

We’re listing as many of the participants here as we can, with a link to where you can find them online. I’ll put asterisks by those who have posted their comics online. (If they post their finished comic on a different site, we’ll post that link as well.) We had originally hoped to have everyone work on the same size paper and to scan the all so we could post ALL the finished work–but the success of the event quickly put an end to that idea.

Last Stand

(photo by Darwin Santos) Many people finished their pages but left earlier. This was the crew that decided they were hanging in for the full 24 hours no matter what! Even after having finished his 24 pages AND a cover for SAD ROBOT, Chris Yao had been valiantly sketching just before time was called.

We were thrilled to host this event…and to see the comics that came out of it. I hope everyone who participated came away feeling inspired and ready to create comics–after a good night’s sleep, of course.


           **work in progress:  GIMP

Aaron Feldman (worked as a team with Rebecca Slack)Isn’t it Aaronic?

           **finished comic:  UNTITLED


            **work in progress:  UNTITLED

Adira Rotstein– Adira Rotstein

Ali Morbi (worked as a team with Shane Kirshenblatt) Morbi Design

Anthony Smerek–anthony smerek’s DEVIOUS DRAWINGS

             **finished comic: UNTITLED

Brian Evinou–Brian Evinou Comics!


            **finished comic:  TWO HAPLESS CHAPS

Christopher Yao (worked as a team with writer James Cooper)— yaoza graphics studio!

             **finished comic:  SAD ROBOT

Daniel Reynolds– THE SAME PAGE

Dylan Kloepfer– Dyl’s Blog for iPod

James Cooper (worked as a team with artist Christopher Yao)— JAMES COOPER. write. direct. create.

              **finished comic:  SAD ROBOT

Jason Roussel

              **finished comic:  My 24 Hour Comic Book (on Facebook)

(also posted on deviantART) My 24 Hour Comic Book

Jeff Longstreet–Black Dot Comics

        **finished comic: BLACK DOT ISSUE 000


Jessika Koeslag

Joe Kilmartin

Kawai Shen– cute juice comics

**finished comic:  LEGACIES

Mansoor Siddiqui

Mark Paraiso– southpaw dragon 

         **finished comic:  UNTITLED (on Facebook)

Megan Kearney– the quietly:  the secret online home of Megan Kearney

Pierce Desrochers-O’Sullivan

Rachael Wells– Rachael Wells

**Rachael joined us to work in solidarity with her fellow creators (many fellow Bootcampers/Holmes Inc. contributors), but worked on her upcoming book STEAMPUNK VIXENS. Keep an eye out for news on it’s publication.


Rain Infinity– Studio Octan

**finished comic:  ALLOY

Rebecca Slack (worked as a team with Aaron Feldman)Rebecca Slack’s Illustration

                    **finished comic:  UNTITLED

Ricky Lima– KingKRule

                    **finished comic:  HUMA AM

Rob Oakman–


                **finished comic:  THE LAST DAY

Sam Noir–

Sanya Anwar– art by sanya

 **Sanya was working on a story that she thinks will end up as a prequel of sorts to an ongoing comic. Keep an eye on her site for information about future publication.

Savannah MacIntosh– Savannah MacIntosh

Sari Kirshenblatt (Sari accompanied her husband Shane, but soon produced TWO different flipbooks which she then animated!)

Shane Kirshenblatt (worked as a team with Ali Morbi)

**Shane and Ali’s comic is being lettered, and undergoing production. When it’s available for reading, he’ll let us know!

Ty Templeton– Ty Templeton’s ART LAND!!

**Ty stopped in for a couple hours to work, in solidarity, with the creators. He pencilled/inked his Bun Toon, then went home to digitally colour and post it:  New Years Bun Toons. YAY!!

Tyrone McCarthy– Tyrone McCarthy’s ART BLOG



Me at 3am

(photo by Kevin Boyd) Me, attempting to fake consciousness while Debra Shelly does her best to keep me upright…



This illustration was completely coloured with markers!


Saturday December 15 1-4pm

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

email us at and save yourself a spot in this class!

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


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.


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 and save yourself a spot in this class!

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


Art and colours by Megan Hendriks


Bootcampers Assemble!

It’s a busy day for some Bootcampers

The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery is hosting an UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 LAUNCH PARTY today, 12-9pm. Owner Kevin Boyd writes, “The first customers who purchase the book will receive a limited edition print and other goodies, and there will be other surprises and bonuses for those who try out the new book.”

To help launch the book, Kevin and Lounge manager Joe Kilmartin are hosting a mini Artists Alley. Ty will be there 3ish-6:30ish. There’s an impressive list of Bootcampers scheduled to sketch as well…

Swamp Thing by David J. Cutler

David J. Cutler (The Northern Guard, Heroes of the North), Christopher Yao (Heroes of the North, Holmes Incorporated, The Adventures of Y Guy),

Con sketch by Christopher Yao








Rachael Wells gathered up the stories she drew for all three Holmes Inc. and put them out as a collected issue.

Rachael Wells (Holmes Incorporated, Steampunk Vixens),

Selena Goulding (Cobble Hill),

Cover for the upcoming Cobble Hill mini-series, published by 215Ink, by Selena Goulding









from Megan Kearney’s webcomic adaptation of Beauty and The Beast

Megan Kearney (Holmes Incorporated, Megan Kearney’s Beauty and The Beastwebcomic),

and Brice Hall (Holmes Incorporated, The Adventures of Adam Brochu).

A comic by Brice Hall










Stop by and check out the Launch Party!!