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Creating Comics & Graphic Novels

An 8-week course on developing a story idea and turning it into a short- or long-form visual story

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Developing your original ideas into a visual story

During this course students will bring their own stories to life using images that will efficiently aide in creating a short or long-form visual story. The lectures and assignments will touch on all the major aspects of developing original story and imagery for comics or graphic novels: writing, character and world building integration, among many other topics. Most importantly, students will learn how to create comics or graphic novels that are relatable and emotional, with characters and stories that will resonate with audiences. By the end of the course, students will have completed the beginning pages of their comics or graphic novels, and will have a road map for going all the way to the finished product! The students will use and develop their own stories throughout the course. Note: This course is not an introduction to comics or graphic novels, and a script will not be provided. Participants are expected to come with their own ideas/story as well as solid drawing and digital painting skills.


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:   Adobe Photoshop or Clip Studio Paint, Scrivener (writing software)
Skills level:   Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisites:   Storyboarding for Animation, Comics: the Art of Storytelling, and a strong drawing foundation in both characters and environments; students must already have a long-from idea of what they would like to develop (or multiple ideas)

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What you'll learn

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What is your message? | Why are you writing this story? | What is your motive? | Clarify your "why"
Character designs: pull from your life | How can you write your characters so that they seem real? | The hero's journey
What is your world? Figuring out its past, present, and future | Building out the world for your story | Putting your characters into the world
The mystery in your first page | The last page: How will the story end? | Reviewing our message | Reviewing our character quirks | Discussion on writing styles: architect vs. gardener
Thinking of spreads instead of pages | Key scenes | Flesh out your art direction | Leading the eye and keeping the audience wanting to flip that page!
Conversations are messy! | Don't just say what you show, and vice versa | Breathing room for dialogue | Narration and prose | Adding dialogue after your pages are sketched out vs. before
Honing in on the style of the story so that it can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time | Figuring out what a finished page will look like to fit your characters and story arc | Color or no color? | Digital or traditional art and inks?
Finish your first 2-3 pages | Make your road map for going forward so that you can complete your journey | Setting up your daily and weekly goals | When to start showing the world your new baby

Igniting your imagination

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.


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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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