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Zine/Comic Workshop with Claudio Ghirardo (Week 1)

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Students will create a four page, plus cover, black and white comic that they can take home. This series of workshops 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. Plus students will 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!

Cost of the 4 week workshop is $100.00 + hst paid via cheque made to Pixie Blue Studio Ltd. or e-transfer to

Class is open to teens, young adults and comic enthusiasts - space is limited to 6 students. Please call the studio at (905) 990-7494 or e-mail to book.

Week 1: 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 4 page 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. 

Earlier Event: January 28
Studio / Gallery Hours - 12pm - 5pm
Later Event: February 3
The Art of Mandala with Meena Chopra