Comics and Graphic Novels I

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Get a comprehensive introduction to the craft of writing and creating comics, regardless of your drawing abilities and prior experience.


What you can learn.

  • Get insight into the history of comics and graphic novels and how they interact with the larger media landscape
  • Learn visual theory and critical thinking necessary for sequential storytelling
  • Take a version of your story from pitch to outline to completed script and visual work
  • Leave class with an 8-10 page comic story

About this course:

From big-budget superheroes to critically acclaimed dramas, many of pop culture’s most entertaining stories originated from comic books and graphic novels. Through their unique marriage of words and pictures, comics can be a magical yet accessible form of expression. This workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to the craft of writing and creating comics. We begin by focusing on visual theory and critical thinking about sequential storytelling. Students study the form and its influences, then experience a classroom version of the editorial process by taking a story of their own from pitch to outline to completed script to visual work, regardless of drawing abilities (stick figures work well!). All story genres are welcome. The goal of the workshop is for each student to complete and visually execute an 8-10-page comic story. Includes special guest speakers based on availability.

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