Make A Mini-Comic Workshop Dec 11!

December 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Events, Workshops and Events

This coming Saturday, December 11 I will be leading a 3-hour workshop on how to make your own mini-comic!

Why make mini-comics? What if you’re sitting on a terrific idea for a graphic novel that will take the world by storm? Given that making graphic novels can sometimes be a long undertaking full of emotional highs and lows, many of us cartoonists learn to play little psychological tricks on ourselves to keep our morale high during the process. Jumping straight into making graphic novels is especially tricky for a beginning cartoonist, as you learn a lot about drawing and storytelling as you go, so the work will evolve and grow throughout the project, and this can tempt the creator to go back and revise older pages to make them consistent with the latest ones.

Making mini-comics solves both of the problems above, and is therefore one of the best ways for beginners to get involved in comics storytelling. A four- to eight-page mini-comic can be completed in an afternoon, so you have the satisfaction of having a finished work that you can turn around and share with relatively less effort. A few weeks of perseverance, and a cartoonist can amass quite a collection of self-published works, which is a mighty morale booster when working on that long graphic novel. Also, a shorter mini-comic means that the inevitable artistic development will occur between projects, so there’s no need to go back and revise to make the work consistent. By making a series of quick and simple mini-comics, you gain the experience and skills necessary to create that consistent and fluid graphic novel you’ve been kicking around.

I did this myself back when I was self-publishing in the 1990s. I created a series of sci-fi mini-comics called The Black Hole Equation that I published along side of my more ambitious comics projects. I set myself a time limit of just a few hours to complete a 4-page story, after which I was ready to head to the copy center to print. I learned a lot about storytelling while working on those comics, and I had a constant stream of new books to take to conventions to sell. It was immensely satisfying and fun.

I hope you’ll join me for the class at the Ann Arbor Art Center this weekend! Registration is required and seats are limited, so sign up now!

Interested in finding out more about mini-comics in the meantime? Here are some great places to start:

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