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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 email@example.com.
Making Comics With Jim Higgins
The class runs from Saturday, August 4th to October 13, 2018.
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, to help with visual storytelling, composition, 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.
The class costs $350, payable at the first session.
To sign up, e-mail Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up on the first day of class!
All of these classes 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 has his own show called, “Crafting Comics With Jim Higgins,” on Nerdist’s online Alpha channel (www.projectalpha.com)
Writing Horror Comics w/ Jim Higgins
July 7th, July 14th, July 28th, and Aug 4th at the Culver store
People have been telling scary stories for thousands of years. Some are cautionary tales, like Hansel and Gretel, some are monster stories, like Godzilla, some are apocalyptic, like The Walking Dead, and on and on. Many people find something viscerally attractive to the idea of being scared. There’s a feeling of having pushed their way past some real danger and a satisfaction that they survived. Horror tales bring us on a journey with people, often ordinary people just like us, who must fight a terror-inspiring foe in life or death situations. Perhaps it’s those real world characters and scenarios that have made the horror story such and enduring type of narrative.
In this seven-session online class, we’ll analyze various comics (and some films) in order to understand some of the tropes, methods, and techniques used to make great horror stories as well as the reasons behind our desire to be scared. We’ll look at different psychological issues and delve into the deeper aspects of the unconscious mind that inform these stories. We’ll discuss recurring themes that appear and resonate. And we’ll look at some of the metaphors that these stories deal in and how they relate to our lives.
Students taking the class will learn how to craft a great horror story using these themes and elements. Everyone will work toward finishing a scene-by-scene outline for their story, which can be short or longform. The class will meet live in an online platform TBA and will be recorded so that students can re-listen to it later or can listen for the first time if they can’t be in the class live.
When: Tuesday, July 24 to Tuesday September 4.
Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm Pacific Time.
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Want to buy the class as a gift? Pay for it and just e-mail me your confirmation and the name of who you’d like to give it to.
New & Noteworthy Comics
Click here for a full list of all of the week’s new releases.
Amazing Spider-Man #1
An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! But that’s far from all you’ll find here – a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (SECRET EMPIRE, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) and the Marvel debut of RYAN OTTLEY (Invincible)!
A bold new chapter for the greatest superhero of all time begins here as the superstar team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the all-new SUPERMAN! The fallout from the Man of Steel miniseries has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes… with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet back out of the Phantom Zone!
Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny in this new series by Mariko Tamaki (HULK, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER) and Juann Cabal (ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, ELEKTRA).
SERIES PREMIERE! Jedidiah Jenkins is a farmer-but his cash crop isn’t corn or soy. Jed grows fast-healing, plug-and-play human organs. Lose a finger? Need a new liver? He’s got you covered. Unfortunately, strange produce isn’t the only thing Jed’s got buried. Deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm, something dark has taken root, and it’s beginning to bloom. From ROB GUILLORY, Eisner-winning co-creator and artist of Image Comics’ CHEW, comes a new dark comedy about science gone sinister and agriculture gone apocalyptic. Nature is a Mother.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen The Tempest #1
After an epic twenty-year journey through the entirety of human culture, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, “The Tempest.” This six-issue miniseries is a celebration of everything comics were, are and could be. Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of ‘We’ on the devastated Earth of the year 2996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe. This is literally, and literarily, the story to end all stories. Here’s how it begins. This is literally, and literarily, the story to end all stories. Here’s how it begins.
Outpost Zero #1
SERIES PREMIERE! Welcome to Outpost Zero, the smallest town in the universe. The people there work the land, go to the fights every Friday night, and tuck their children into bed-but the Outpost is no place for dreams or aspirations. To survive is ambitious enough. As Alea and her friends graduate to adulthood on a frozen world never meant to support human life, something stirs. Something sees…Explore the mysteries and wonder of the Frost in this oversized debut issue by Eisner-winning writer SEAN KELLEY McKEEVER, artist ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI, and colorist JEAN-FRANCOIS BEAULIEU.
Writer/Artist Derek Laufman (Adventure Time Comics) brings his worldwide hit digital comics series to life at BOOM! Studios. Intrepid adventurers Pogo and Rex are on a quest for fame and fortune. Their discovery of a special map leads them on an epic journey through dangers, demons and old enemies. Just one problem-they’ve already lost the map. An all-ages comic about fun, friendship and screaming in the face of danger, perfect for fans of Adventure Time and Adventure Zone.
She Could Fly #1
In Chicago, an unknown woman appears flying at speeds of 120 miles per hour and at heights reaching 2,000 feet. Then she suddenly dies in a fiery explosion mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Luna, a disturbed 15-year-old girl becomes obsessed with learning everything about her while rumors and conspiracy theories roil. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman’s inner life lead to the liberation from her own troubled mind?
o Written by Christopher Cantwell, co-creator/showrunner of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.
o Martin Morazzo has worked on Nighthawk, Elektra, and the recently released creator-owned Ice Cream Man.
Graphic Novel Highlights
Abe Sapien The Drowning and Other Stories HC
In the early 1980’s, new B.P.R.D. agent Abe Sapien was set to retrieve the corpse of a powerful warlock off the coast of France. Abe quickly finds himself in a battle with a century old evil in the form of demonic monks. This mission, along with tales involving a haunted lake, South American vampires, and a mad scientist seeking out man’s missing link are collected here! Collects Abe Sapien Vol. 1, 2, and 9.
Cover Price: $34.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $24.49 (30% OFF)
Ex Machina Complete Series Omnibus HC
The acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning EX MACHINA is collected in an Omnibus edition at last! Meet Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America’s first superhero after a strange accident gives him super powers-but the adventure really begins when Mitchell runs for mayor of New York City… Collects EX MACHINA #1-50 and EX MACHINA SPECIAL #1-4.
Cover Price: $150
Pulp Fiction Price: $105 (30% OFF)