The Comic Arts Workshop

Now offering a 30-day Free Trial on the information and support you need to make comics and graphic novels.

About the Workshop

A community of creators learning and working together through classes, co-working sessions, critiques/feedback and support. Members will have access to all educational content, publishing opportunities and special events.

Lessons are pre-recorded so you can proceed at your own pace and replay the lesson as often as you need to. After the completion of each lesson, a new one will be made available to you after 7 days. Tackle each new lesson at on your own time. Each lesson comes with an exercise which you can share for feedback at any following live class meeting. There is no schedule to keep up with. Just a sequence of videos you can take whenever you want to and work you can get critiqued whenever you're ready.

Work can be posted on the community wall on this website for comments and feedback.

Weekly live classes will be held for members to get feedback on their assignments. Virtual co-working session will also be held for those who want to work in the company of other creators. These  are great opportunities to share experience, advice and build relationships with each other.

The lesson topics  are below:

THE IDEA
Idea generation
Story structures
Characters
The Outline 

WRITING
The script
Dialogue
Show don’t tell
Pacing 

STORY 
Intrigue/Suspense
Fore shadowing
Cutaways/Metaphors
 Names, names, names

COLLABORATING
Finding a partner
Money
Contracts
Tips

ART
Character design
Art styles
Sketchlines & inking
Digital vs traditional 

LAYOUT
Thumbnails & blocking
Camera positions
Character directions
Leading the eye

COLOR
Flat vs modeled
Using as focus L
ocal vs theme
Digital vs traditional 

THE COVER
Logo title
Cover design
Back matter
Getting attention

PRODUCTION
Lettering
Page order
Book format
Printing 

DISTRIBUTION
Online
Comic Cons
Comic Shops  
Kickstarter

THE BUSINESS
Online
Self Publishing
Anthologies
Publishers

LEGAL
Copyrights
Partnerships
Contracts
Ownership

MARKETING
Networking
Blog/newsletter
Social Media
Press/Awards 

POSITIONING
Your message
Motivation
The three mandatories
Career Tips

ATTITUDE
Gratitude
Responsibility
Focus
Track record 

Ramon Gil

Artist, Writer, Teacher. Ramon teaches art and design at SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology and the College at Old Westbury. He is the organizer of Diversity Comic Con. His credits include Black Stories Matter, The Whiz Kids from DARPA, The Hard Code, Truer Than Trousedale, Senturies, The Scifies Anthologies and most recently, Everybody Has a Hero - a middle school graphic novel from Benchmark Press.

Course Pricing

  • The Workshop Community
  • $39 USD

    per month

    A growing and supportive group of aspiring comic and graphic novel creators working and learning together.

    Join us
  • Support and feedback from pros and other aspiring creators
  • Weekly bite-sized lessons and exercises
  • Access to all pro interviews, blog articles and other content
  • Regular virtual bullpen (co-working) sessions
  • Exclusive invites to special events and opportunities
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