Instead of focusing on doing a short comics story like in the Making Comics class, this eight-week class focuses on writing a detailed outline for a graphic novel, a miniseries, or the first story arc of an ongoing series. Any subject matter, any genre, even non-fiction. The story is workshopped in detail, the structure is analyzed, and the writer makes final decisions about what’s in and out, all with the aid of the group, finishing with a scene by scene outline. There will be lots of discussion of the different facets of the comics market, and where best to pitch the project when it’s ready, as well as how to find artists. Students finish the class by writing a one-page pitch and a five-page proposal/outline ready to pair up with art and send out to publishers.
The class is $450 and will be online via Zoom for eight Thursdays.
The workshop is led by Jim Higgins, who’s been a writer and editor in the comics business for 25 years. He’s worked as a screenwriter and been a comics consultant for films and TV. He was an editor and assistant editor at DC Comics in their eclectic Paradox Press division and is the editor and publisher of New Thing, an international anthology of short comics stories. He taught cinema studies at The City University of New York. He has taught classes on writing and drawing comics at The School of Visual Arts, CalArts, UCLA Extension, Cal State Northridge, at Otis College of Art and Design, and others. He created the long-running comic book writing and drawing program Meltdown University at Meltdown Comics. His show on drawing comics, “Crafting Comics with Jim Higgins” was produced by Nerdist and is available on Amazon Prime.
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