Comics and Graphic Novels

Graphic narratives are generally told using words and images, ranging from strips like Calvin and Hobbes, to traditional comic series like Watchmen and Wonder Woman, to book-length novels and memoirs like Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, and John Lewis’s March.

Together, we will explore how comics work, focusing mainly on the fundamentals of visual storytelling. We’ll discuss technical aspects of cartooning, such as pacing, point of view, character design, and dialogue—as well as the comics process from start to finish, from storyboarding and penciling to inking and coloring. We’ll also explore how comics and graphic novels help writers and artists tell stories in new and compelling ways. No artistic background required.

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The course is a very informative and illustrative combination of understanding the structures and philosophies of graphic novels and comics, and learning about the nuts-and-bolts practicalities of the industry.
Kristina Boylan

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Comics and Graphic Novels

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Place & Price

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The Zoom Intensives are taught via the Zoom videoconference platform.

Comics and Graphic Novels Intensive topics include: conceiving and writing stories in an illustrated medium, how artists utilize such techniques as penciling/inking/coloring/lettering, getting published.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a Zoom Intensive one time.

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Teacher
Upcoming dates to be announced.

Comics and Graphic Novels

One-day Intensive

Place & Price

  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The NYC One-day Intensives are taught in-person.

Comics and Graphic Novels Intensive topics include: conceiving and writing stories in an illustrated medium, how artists utilize such techniques as penciling/inking/coloring/lettering, getting published.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher
Upcoming dates to be announced.