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 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. 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, Dec. 2.

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

  • 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