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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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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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.

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.”

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

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