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Zine/Comic Workshop with Claudio Ghirardo

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Calling all teens and comic enthusiasts!

Students will create a zine/comic that they can take home. This workshop will teach the basics of creating a comic/zine: character designs, creating a story, how to tell a story using sequential images, and how to create a cover. Students will also learn the business side of comics: costs, attending comic cons, publishing and more.

Need: Some supplies provided - 8.5x11 sheets of paper (Curry’s does carry professional comic book pages to draw on but that will be up to the various students if they wish to buy it),  pencils, erasers, rulers.

Students are asked to bring a sketchbook, ink pen: pigma micron 05. Optional: acrylic brush #2 and black waterproof ink and their imagination!

Outline - Talk about the various genres in comics (super heroes, sci-fi, fantasy, manga, etc.) and give a little history on comics. Recommend books by Scott McCloud and Will Eisner. Will be creating a comic/zine that they will take home. Start developing the story: what is the story about, how to tell it, who are the characters, what is the setting, figure out dialogue, and what is the genre. Design the characters and quick breakdown of anatomy.  Talk about panel layouts: how to set up the panels page by page. Talk about telling a story, how to tell the story: close ups, medium shots, long distance, etc. Pacing of story. Leave room for dialogue/text. Start with thumbnails and go to finished pencils.

Have someone read the pencil comic. Start putting in text and inking. Start talking about a cover (including title of comic and look of logo) and penciling it out.

 Finishing off the comic/zine. Talk about colour. Then talk about cons, webcomics, and the business side of comics.

Cost of the workshop is $100.00 + hst paid via cheque made to Pixie Blue Studio Ltd. or e-transfer to pixiebluestudio@gmail.com.  Space is limited to 6 students. Please call the studio at (905) 990-7494 or e-mail pixiebluestudio@gmail.com to book.

Earlier Event: January 28
Studio / Gallery Hours - 12pm - 5pm
Later Event: February 3
Mindful Movement