2018 - 2019 CLASSES

UPCOMING CLASS

FINAL CLASS SESSION FOR 2019
IN WRITING
Getting your plot or script right before you begin is probably the most important component in the whole process.  Unlike other writing classes this one will be visually focused because we are about crafting stories combining words and pictures.

We'll get the basics of how to build the bones of a story, how to figure out what is a really good idea and what needs time to grow, how to develop good and realistic characters, how to keep your readers guessing and what is the best way to tell YOUR story.

8 Weeks
Starts the middle of November 2019

OFFICE HOURS
One on one each week after several of the sessions above, email Andy about arranging personal meetings to discuss your own progress.
 
2020 Classes (In the Works)...

CREATING EYE CATCHING COVERS, POSTERS and MERCHANDISE
Creators can't live by comics alone-- creating covers is the most overlooked part of the process and is often an afterthought.  That's a YUGE mistake as Trumpy would say.  Comics companies in the 50s and 60s new the cover sells the book, and would often do the covers first and create stories to go with them second, while that's outdated today, we can learn from it. 

This class will examine hundreds of covers from decades past to the current day and try to find what is striking and what is a strike out.   While we're at it, we'll see about designing some of those covers as posters and look at where to get them printed and into the hands of fans.  We'll examine creating a store for merchandise and see how you can have a shop up and running with minimal expense (under $50).
8wks

THE EVOLUTION OF THE COMICS INDUSTRY AS ART
This short Summer class will take us through the era's of the comics industry and you'll get to read and learn about some rare creators and comics from 1938 to the present.  It's a good way to see how to shape your own comics when you see what has gone before you.
I provide all the comics as PDF files.
4wks

STORYTELLING AND LAYOUTS
How simple tweaks make your storytelling better, how you can change panels to influence the way a reader "feels" your work and how you can go beyond what can just be written in words.  This class will focus solely on doing the roughs from your plots-- a totally different and productively sound way of developing your ideas into the first stages of publication.
8 Weeks


HOW FILM INFLUENCES COMICS, HOW COMICS INFLUENCE FILM
Yup, it's a movie watchin' class-- because we can learn SOO much from film-- it's comics closest cousin.  From Silent Films to Foreign films to obscure American films we'll have a weekly film with questions and then a lively discussion each week in the live class portion.  We'll learn how to plot, pace and effectively END your story through watching these films.
I'll provide the films as MP4 files each week.
8wks

















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