Comics Classes with Jim Higgins

 Comics Class for Kids w/ Jim Higgins
 July 7th, July 14th, July 28th, and Aug 4th at the Culver store
Does your kid love to draw? Do they like comics? Then they’d love this class for kids all about making comics. They’ll learn the fundamentals of telling a story in comics form, plus basic drawing tips, information on how to write good stories, and fun activities that will help them learn all these skills. Cost: $120 total, payable at the first session. Parents MUST provide their email address and phone numbers. For more info: email the instructor, Jim Higgins, at Jim has been working in comics and teaching classes for 25 years.

Making Comics with Jim Higgins
Making Comics is a 12-session class that focuses on the fundamental skills of creating comics.  The class is for both writers and artists.  In it, you’ll learn the most important aspect of writing — how to structure a story as it relates to the medium of comics and graphic novels. Cartoonists will often take art classes to improve their drawing, but not enough take the time to hone their skills as writers. In this workshop, writers and cartoonists learn the essential knowledge needed to write a story with interesting characters, an engaging plot, and a satisfying ending. The artists will be given drawing tips, instruction about technique, and examples of work by great masters, new and old, to help with visual storytelling, composition, light and dark, figure work, and other drawing skills. Writers will be given example of the best formats for comics scripts, examples of pro scripts, and info on how to find and work with artists.
The goal for the artists is to have a finished 8 to 10-page mini-comic that is a complete, self-contained story at the end of the classes. The goal for writers is to have a completed script for a self-contained, 14 to 15-page short comics story.
PS You may be forced to read some great comics for homework.
The class costs $350.
To sign up, e-mail Jim Higgins at or just show up on the 21st!
Getting Into Comics – A Workshop For Writers and Artists

In this one-day workshop, you’ll get information on submitting, how to prepare samples, and how to put together a pitch for a series or graphic novel. There will be an overview of various publishers, both those who cater to the comic book store market, and those who sell mostly in book stores. You’ll find out what editors are looking for, what they expect, and what they DON’T want to see. You’ll learn what skills you need for whichever part of the comics market you want to wind up in. Well also go over a list of important resources and facts about self-publishing and crowd funding.

Date: Sunday, May 13 from 1 to 6pm.

The price is $75 payable at the register the day of the workshop.

Both are taught by Jim Higgins. He’s a former DC Comics editor, small alternative comics publisher, and has taught comics classes and workshops for 20 years at The School of Visual Arts in NYC, CalArts, UCLA Extension, Meltdown Comics, and The Society of Illustrators LA in Los Angeles. He’s appeared as an expert on comics on ABC News Nightline, BBC Radio, Storage Wars (!) and had his own show called, “Crafting Comics With Jim Higgins,” on Nerdist’s online Alpha channel.
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