Comics: The Art of Storytelling

An 8-week intensive course developing a story idea and learning how to get it published

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Course Overview

Learn how to develop a story and publish it

This course is designed to be an intensive introduction to comics and narrative, from the very first stage to having the comic printed. We will begin by looking at comics and storytelling, then create storyboards and compose our comic pages. We will go over techniques for inking, coloring, and even lighting and special FX. In the last week, we will also talk about how to promote your work and show your project to a publisher!

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Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop (or equivalent), Graphic tablet/Cintiq (or equivalent). You will need to have from 4 to 8 pages of comic script in order to perform the exercises. If you don't have them, the instructor will provide materials.
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Storyboarding for Animation and strong drawing foundation

Comics: The Art of Storytelling WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Introduction: What´s a comic? | Brief history of comics and storytelling | The most important comic authors and comics | Reading and understanding the script
Breaking the script into pieces | Frames/sequences/scenes | Understanding what is essential in every comic case | Narrative rules and how to break them | Building the primary storyboard
Developing the storyboard | Searching for reference | Character and location design | Concept and style research | Building the secondary storyboard
Shape, number, and frame location | Comparison between European/American/Japanese narrative | Symmetry, rhythm, and narrative | Aesthetics of a comic page
Reference research, objects/locations | Building your comic universe | Basics of drawing: perspective, proportion, and style
Black and white | Clean lines, masses of black | Inking composition
Creating the character color cards | Applying flat colors | Basics of color and light | Tone/hue/saturation | Opposites: warm/cold, positive/negative | Complementary colors, different color schemes
Sound FX and lighting | Photoshop effects (overlay, multiply, etc.) | Kinetic/movement lines: how to apply them | Getting pages ready for the printing | Showing your project to a publisher | Understanding and use of the social media to promote your work
Instructor

Bringing out the best in talent

New Jersey native Reilly Brown is a fan-favorite comic book artist and writer for Marvel and DC Comics, known for bringing a sense of character and personality to the projects that he works on, balancing a combination of light-hearted humor, with fast paced superhero action. These talents have been on full display in the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, INCREDIBLE HERCULES, LOBO, and many other comics, perhaps most notably DEADPOOL, Marvel's infamous, rapid-healing, merc-with-a-mouth! He is also a pioneer in digital storytelling, utilizing new ways of making comics for tablets and smart phones with his creator-owned series POWER PLAY, as well as several stories for Marvel, including DEADPOOL: THE GAUNTLET, SLAPSTICK and several others. Reilly currently works with Fabian Nicieza on their creator-owned series OUTRAGE which can be found on Line Webtoon.

COURSE BEGINS

April 23rd!

summer TERM Registration

May 6, 2019 - Jul 22, 2019

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$699

COURSE BEGINS

April 23rd!

Pricing & Schedule

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

These Finance Options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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Benefits

What makes this learning experience unique?

Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

Flexible Learning

Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

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