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 comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com and let us know as soon as possible.

Information for both classes is HERE.

Keiren

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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 comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com 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).

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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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.

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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

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):

WRITING FOR COMICS (PART ONE)

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 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.

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.)

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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 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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COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP PART TWO

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 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.

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.

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PLEASE NOTE:

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.

Upcoming classes for January-February session

Haven’t been posting here much as we’ve been so busy running the school and the classes! Midway through a successful second session with WRITING FOR COMICS PART TWO, INKING FOR COMICS, and LAYOUT FOR COMICS. It’s been incredibly satisfying for Ty to see people leaving class genuinely eager to go home and practice the skills they’ve learned that day (some time ago a student complained that the only problem he had with any of Ty’s Bootcamp classes was that he would get home at 11pm, and stay up for hours trying to work out all the creative ideas the classes had inspired).

We will be sending copies of the latest flyer off to stores in the GTA in the next few days, now that Ty has finalised the design and the courses (I will be posting a page with official descriptions later today). Classes will start the second full week of January…  the first few days of the new year, we will be with family celebrating a late Christmas (known for various reasons as The Holiday That Shall Not Be Named). Saturday January 5th we will be hosting a 24 HOUR COMIC DAY at The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery/Guerilla Printing community space. The Comic-creation-apalooza will start at 10am (I’ll confirm that later) and continue to 10 am Sunday morning. We will be co-hosting and co-presenting this event with our studio-mates Comic Book Embassy–several of them will be participating as well.

The following week, Ty will run makeup classes for students who miss the final day(s) of the November-December session. We are waiting to see just how many students that is, and what classes are affected to finalise the days–the time will be the same as for regular classes.

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And then–the following Monday, January 14, Ty will start an absolutely brand-spanking new class, HEADS, HANDS AND FACES. Many an artist has worked hard to get all of the anatomy just right on a figure–then ruins it with a poorly rendered hand or a bland generic face. You may have even made fun of an artist who seems to have one face they draw–maybe even one expression. THIS class will save you from that fate! In seven weeks, Ty will “[cover] the skeletal forms, muscles, movements, lighting and expressions of these often difficult body parts!”

We’ve had a lot of requests for this course, so we’re expecting it to fill quickly. If you’re interested, please send us an email as soon as possible to reserve your space. Class size is absolutely limited  (to maximise learning for each student).

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Tuesdays will see the return of Ty’s LEGENDARY COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP. Yep, the class the entire school is now named for is BACK! This is Comic Book Bootcamp Part One, and will give you the basics you need to plot, script, layout, pencil, and dialogue your own comic, graphic novel and/or webcomic! The workshop includes anatomy lessons and cover design.

This class is for both artists and writers. Drawing skill is helpful but is not required–Ty recommends this class even for someone who only sees themselves as a writer. An ability to thumbnail your story or even draw simple layouts is incredibly helpful for a writer.

HANDS, HEADS AND FACES

Mondays 7-10pm January 14-February 25 2013  $300

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COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP PART ONE*

Tuesdays 7-10pm January 15-February 26 2012 $300

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(*If enough people are interested, we may end up running a second version of Comic Book Bootcamp Part One at the same time)

Send us an email at comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com, or call at 905-822-2961 to reserve a space.

Keiren