Looking to hone your comics making skills? Want to get some tips and tricks from real comics professionals? Then you’re in luck, because we’ve got five fun and informative workshops for you!

All workshops are being held in the Writers Room, on the 3rd floor of the Toronto Reference Library. Each one has room for about 20 people, so come early!

Saturday May 13th

  • 12:00pm – What They Don’t Tell You About Creating a Graphic Novel – Ron Kasman is a former school teacher who has been published in comics about 85 times. He also recently completed a 216 page graphic novel, published with Caliber Entertainment, called The Tower of the Comic Book Freaks. In this workshop, Ron will discuss writing, drawing, finding a publisher and distribution. Participants can learn from his mistakes instead of making similar ones themselves.
  • 2:00pm – Watercolour and Comics – Julia Bax is an illustrator based in São Paulo, Brazil. She has been drawing comics for the majority of her career, and has been published in the United States, France, and of course, Brazil. In 2015 her book Princesse Caraboo (story by Ozanam) was published by Le Lombard in France. In this album the pages were illustrated using watercolor, and that is the theme of this workshop. Julia will explain her process from layout to completed page, and demonstrate the technique she used in Princesse Caraboo. If you have a love for traditional media and isn’t afraid of getting your hands dirty, this is the workshop for you!

Sunday May 14th

  • 10:30am –Book Shrinking – Make a miniature version of your favourite zine/comic book/artist book! Bring: A book you’d like to shrink and drawing supplies (preferably dry media, i.e., markers, coloured pencils, pens, scissors and transparent tape/double sided tape). This workshop is being facilitated by Keren Katz (The Academic Hour).
  • 12:30pm – Comics Workbook : Composing a Spread – This workshop is about visual storytelling. Learn essentials of generating ideas, building a page, editing, and refining a functional comic spread layout. This workshop is PERFECT for beginners, or anyone more seasoned who wants to try a different approach to bringing their ideas to the page This workshop is being facilitated by Tyler Landry (Comics Workbook Member, Santoro Correspondence Course Alumnus, Cartoonist, Art Director, Head of the Charlottetown Comics Club)
  • 2:30pm – Editing Comics – Have you been staring at that comic script for weeks? Not sure what direction to take it in, let alone how to polish it or submit it to publishers or collaborating artists? Have burning questions about the comic publishing industry that a Google search just can’t satisfy? Indie comics editor Sam Beiko of ChiZine/ChiGraphic is on hand for a workshop that will show you the basics of making your script shine, as well as to provide you with some insight into the wide and deliciously variant world of comics publishing, indie and professional. This will be a fairly laid back lecture-style workshop with some handouts, and a devoted discussion period in the latter half. Feel free to bring a page or two of what you’re working on so we can identify some common sticking points on that project!

If you just can’t get enough of comics workshops, be sure to also check out the schedule for Word Balloon Academy. For info on all of our panels and programs, visit the listings on the info page: Link.

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