UPCOMING CLASSES: September – October 2017

HOW TO WRITE COMICS Part One

LOCATION:  392 Spadina Avenue Second Floor, Toronto Ontario

DATES:  TUESDAYS 7 – 10pm, September 5 – October 17 2017

FEES:  $360 Payment accepted by cash, cheque ,  or PayPal or interac transfer (There will be a fee for NSF cheques).

REGISTRATION/INQUIRIES:  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.

PREREQUISITES: none.

MATERIALS:  bring what you need for taking notes; laptop, paper, pencils, pens, etc.

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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HOW TO DRAW COMICS
(previously known as “Layout for Comics” and “Pencilling the Page”)

DATES: Wednesdays 7-10pm September 6 – October 18 2017

FEES:  $360 Payment accepted by cash, cheque , PayPal or Interac transfer (There will be a fee for NSF cheques).

REGISTRATION/INQUIRIES:  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.

PREREQUISITES:  none, although some knowledge/experience of drawing would be helpful.

MATERIALS:  Bring paper or a sketchbook, pencils and erasers. If you prefer to use a laptop for notes, bring that. 

This is 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.

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.

A personal guarantee: Artist’s block will become a thing of the past.

Drawing skills are helpful, but NOT REQUIRED for this layout and penciling course. Anyone can learn to tell stories visually, and comic writers are especially encouraged to take this workshop, so that they’ll understand the more visual aspects of this medium.

Bring plenty of paper, pencils and erasers. I will supply some of the layout paper.

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