Meltdown University with Jim Higgins @ Meltdown Comics
Start Time: 7:30PM End Time: 9:30PM
Join this weekly workshop where you can accomplish your goals as a comic book writer, artist or both. In the class, participants bring in their work, exchange useful and honest criticism, and share ideas while being led and instructed by an experienced, passionate comics professional. Honest feedback is encouraged as well as support and a focus on what the participant is doing well. The most desired critiques are specific and detailed without being cruel or unnecessarily negative.
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 a writer. 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. Artists will be given tips, instruction about technique, and examples of work by great masters, new and old, to help with visual storytelling, composition, light and dark, figure work, and other drawing skills. The goal for writer/artists is to have a finished eight-page minicomic at the end of the classes. The goal for writers is to have completed scripts for two 8-10-page short comics stories. The students have fun and learn at the same time.
There are two ongoing classes that open up at different times. We initially started with just one class on Monday nights. When the demand for more classes came we started another miniseries class on Wednesdays two month later. The benefit now is that people interested in taking a class don’t have to wait 13 weeks a new miniseries opens up about every two months.
The workshop is led by Jim Higgins, who has been a writer and editor in the comics business for 15 years. He was an editor and assistant editor at DC Comics in the Paradox Press division (The Big Book of Grimm, Hoaxes, and the ’70s, plus the graphic novels A History of Violence, Road to Perdition, and Stuck Rubber Baby)and is the editor and publisher of New Thing, an international anthology of short comics stories. He taught comic book storytelling for eight years at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and cinema studies at The City University of New York for four and a half. He is presently teaching Graphic Novel Development at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and Otis College of Art and Design.
7522 Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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