Comics Mastermind™ is delighted to roll out the Summer season in its 2017 Masterclass and Short Course Program. There are three options available for aspiring and emerging comics creators, as well as authors and illustrators who want to cross mediums and learn more about writing comic books, graphic novels and comic strips.
THE MECHANICS OF VISUAL STORYTELLING™: Mastering the Comic Book and Graphic Novel
Script Presenter: Jason Franks
Wednesday 1 February 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm (Online)
There is a steep learning curve for the beginning writer of comics and graphic novels. Publishers and artists will rarely read a script if it is laid out poorly and does not provide clear storytelling across the pages and panels appropriate to the format of the book. This masterclass provides beginner practitioners with the skills to write full scripts correctly and to employ the tools of visual storytelling to serve the narrative, character and story structure.
COMICS STRIPPED BARE™ SERIES – Swamp
Presenter: Gary Clark
Saturday 18 February 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm (Online)
Multi-award winning cartoonist Gary Clark talks about his daily comic strip Swamp, which has been syndicated across Australia and Europe since the 1980s. In this masterclass he will dissect 12 hand-picked comic strips – panel by panel – from a 35 strip serial he produced as an experiment in form. Gary will discuss the creative decision-making process behind the serial, and compare and contrast it with his self-contained, stand alone gag strips. He will not only focus on WHAT has been written and illustrated in each panel, but WHY, paying special attention to scripting, his cast of characters within the Swamp universe (The Aviators, Swamp Dwellers, Fringe Dwellers, and The Establishment), art style, colour palette, layouts and panel points of view (AKA shots), gags and pay offs, emotional resonance, and more.
Comics Mastermind™ will also host a FREE online BREAKOUT SESSION with founder and CEO Julie Ditrich on 25 January 2017 from 6:30 to 7:30pm (Online). A breakout session helps aspiring and emerging comics creators discover ways they can utilise the Comics Mastermind™ professional development services to help them move towards achieving their publishing ambitions and goals.
For more information: http://www.comicsmastermind.com/about/breakout-sessions/
SCBWI is a partner organisation, and members qualify for a special discount of $77 off the masterclasses, which is a saving of $20 off the full fee.
For more information on Comics Mastermind™ please visit: http://www.comicsmastermind.com/