Comic Books: Getting Started

Comics are the most versatile narrative mediums; join us for this online class to develop your skills in comic storytelling, as you learn a variety of techniques, both technical and theoretical. We will cover the basics of comic bookmaking, from idea generation to the printed page. Discover different drawing and inking techniques as we experiment with processes. Workshop instructor, Pat Aulisio will also share examples of different comic styles from all over the world, and a brief history of the genres of comics. Whether you are just starting out, or if you need guided studio time to help mold and detail your own personal comic, this class will motivate you to create comics you didn’t even know you had in you!

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • Cover and page compositions

  • Inking techniques

  • Photoshop scanning and formatting

Required supplies:

  • Sketchbook

  • Pencil (s)/eraser(s)

  • Precision pens (Micron 01, 05, 08 recommended)

  • Bristol paper (14×17 and 11×14 recommended)

  • Brushes (watercolor brushes recommended), not needed immediately

  • Ink (Sumi ink recommended), not needed immediately

  • Triangle

  • Ruler

  • Masking tape