Are you someone with amazing ideas for stories or characters? Do you experience awesome or funny things everyday but need an outlet to tell people about them? Or are you an artist looking for a medium to show off your work? Well, this is something you may want to check out. The California College Of The Arts is offering a free course on comic books. The course, titled “Comics: Art In Relationships,” offers the first steps needed to creating your own comic book series. This could be what you need to kickstart your career in comics or get some help in a field you’ve been struggling in.

To get a better grasp on things, here is a cool video on the kinds of experiences you may have once you enroll.

The cool thing about these kinds of classes is that they are a great resource. Whether its the content being taught or the other people in your class, these sessions can offer an angle to your work that you may not have thought of on your own. In addition, you may meet someone that could complement your work in the best of ways. For example, as a writer, you may find an artist who understands you and can help shape your words into image, and vice-versa.

If you feel you’re lacking in the art department, don’t fret. This is Cardboard-Crack. It’s a comic about Magic: The Gathering that uses stick figures. And it’s awesome.

cardboard crack example
So how does it all work? The class is being offered through the online platform Kadenze. It’s basically a virtual meeting room. Also, here is what the syllabus looks like for this semester:

Comics are one of the most popular and exciting ways to tell a story. This course offers a look at the fundamental building blocks of the comic book medium. Exploring panel to panel transitions, text to image relationships, and the intricacies of page layouts, students will examine new and innovative ways to bring their stories to life.

This course is designed for both beginning and advanced visual artists. Whether students have tried their hand at comics before or are simply interested in investigating how comics work, this course will provide insights to help storytellers make the most of every page.

Session 1: Defining Comics

Identify key relationships in sample texts & demonstrate the use various camera angles on a comics page

Session 2: Comics Relationships

Create Text-Image and Image-Image Panels

Session 3: Time And Space

One Second, One Hour, One Day Comics Challenge

Session 4: Layout And Grid Design

Apply multiple panel grids to provided script

Session 5: Thumbnails

Create thumbnail sketches of a multipage scene

If you’re interested in signing up for this FREE course, then check things out right here. And to learn more about how Kadenze works, you can read about it here.

Sign up soon because classes start in February.

Source: io9

Category: Comics