Hello everyone! Still very very busy and only in town for a couple days, but check out this week’s new series below. A few of us will be at at San Diego Comic Con (myself included) so say hello is you see us! See you at the bottom…
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.
To sign up, go here:
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.
Archie Meets Batman 66 #1
Two iconic comic book characters meet up for the FIRST TIME in this historic crossover mini-series! A battle in Gotham City extends its reach into Riverdale-with Mr. Lodge becoming enemy #1 of the dynamic duo! Now it’s up to Veronica to recruit some help and place a call… to the Batcave!
The kick-off of a NEW SERIES! Like the demented stepchild of Game of Thrones, Braveheart and Mark Millar’s Kick Ass, Sean Lewis (BETROTHED, The Few, Coyotes) brings readers into an ancient Ireland filled with clans, mystics, warriors and monsters of mythic proportion! Finola has a problem-her father is losing his mind. All the old king cares about is power…and Finola thinks power is stupid. Finola thinks her vicious older sisters are stupid. Finola thinks the royal court is stupid, and above all she thinks the clans across the country are stupid. So she makes a plan with her good friend Cillian: Let’s kill all the clans. And then, we go for dad. Filled with countless twist and turns, CLANKILLERS promises to be a wild ride! From writer Sean Lewis (BETROTHED, The Few) and artist Antonio Fuso (James Bond, G.I.Joe) comes a revenge thriller that HAD to be told at AfterShock
Dead Life #1
THE WORLDWIDE ZOMBIE EPIDEMIC HAS ARRIVED! WHEN STEVEN UNKNOWINGLY DRINKS FROM A CURSED CHALICE HE FINDS IN HIS GRANDPARENTS’ ATTIC, HE HAS NO IDEA THAT HIS ACTIONS WILL HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCES… TURNING THE WORLD INTO AN UNDEAD NIGHTMARE!
Death is like outer space-a seemingly unknowable, terrifying blackness that yields beautiful discoveries and truths-if only you’ve got the right kind of rocketship. Thalia Rosewood has had a lifelong obsession with death, keeping her from living her life to the fullest. Mercy Wolfe has a brain tumor the size of a billiard ball, and a need for a new recruit before her next journey begins. Inigo Hanover is a reluctant tether to the world beyond, seeking to continue a cycle that exploration would halt. Go toward the light. Then go beyond. EUTHANAUTS.
Injustice vs Masters of the Universe #1
Believing He-man and the Masters of the Universe defeated, a robotic impostor has seized control of Eternia-but not for long! After freeing his kingdom from this strongman’s rule, Prince Adam learns not everyone is pleased to see the pretender deposed-but Adam knows the value of freedom. So when heroes from another dimension ask his aid in deposing a super-hero turned dictator, he agrees. Teaming up with Batman against the Superman of the Injustice Universe, He-man and his new allies face dangerous and familiar enemies in a battle where no world is safe!
The Life of Captain Marvel #1
THE DEFINITIVE ORIGIN OF CAPTAIN MARVEL!
Carol Danvers was just a girl from the Boston suburbs who loved science and the Red Sox until a chance encounter with a Kree hero gave her incredible super-powers. Now, she’s a leader in the Avengers and the commander of Alpha Flight. But what if there were more to the story? When crippling anxiety attacks put her on the sidelines in the middle of a fight, Carol finds herself reliving memories of a life she thought was far behind her. You can’t outrun where you’re from – and sometimes, you HAVE to go home again. But there are skeletons in Captain Marvel’s closet – and what she discovers will change her entire world. Written by best-selling author Margaret Stohl and drawn by fan-favorite comics veteran Carlos Pacheco, this is the true origin of Captain Marvel.
The Mall #1
Fresh from Free Comic Book Day, The Mall is set in everyone’s favorite decade, the 1980’s. This coming of age crime story takes place in a small Florida town at the height of the popularity of indoor malls. When the head of the Cardini Mob Family mysteriously dies, his three illegitimate children each inherit a store in the mall. While the stores front as legal businesses, the real money is in the illegal businesses. The kids are thrust into a world of crime, all the while just trying to survive normal high school life. It’s like a John Hughes Godfather movie. Co-written by History Channel’s Knightfall writer Don Handfield and Solar Flare‘s James Haick III.