Comic Books: Learning from the Masters

Drawing from the rich history of comics, class projects will explore a variety of genres. Drawing exercises will be based on the specific techniques used by comic artists throughout history. Covering a broad overview of the field, we’ll look at the golden age of comics of the 1930s and 1940s; the Silver Age Superhero Comics of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Wally Wood; Horror Comics; Marvel House Artists of the 1970s, along with the 1970s underground comics movement; European Sci-Fi and Japanese; RAW comics and some current trends.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • Knowledge of history of comics

  • General knowledge of what makes a “good” comic or a “bad” comic

  • Tools of the trade to get professional looking results

  • Techniques specific to artists and genre

  • How to spot techniques and understand terms in comic art

Required supplies:

  • Sketchbook

  • Pencils and erasers

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

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

  • Brushes (watercolor brushes recommended), not needed immediately

  • Ink (Sumi ink recommended), not needed immediately