- Posted by Johanna on June 11, 2008 at 7:48 am
- Category: Comic News
Here are the details:
4 weeks, June 16 – July 14
Instructor: David Seidman
This course will show you the entire comics-making process, from devising a proposal and writing word balloons to surviving Comic-Con International and handling Hollywood.
In this class, you will learn:
* The most popular genres, formats, and styles
* Techniques and mistakes of visual storytelling
* How the publishing companies’ decision-makers work
* What publishers do — and don’t — want
* The basics of comics contracts and partnerships
* The power and pain of self-publishing
* How to market to comics readers and the wider world
Four weeks doesn’t seem like much time to cover all of that material. I would think you could fill that time just with the marketing information alone! And the pitch, including a tagline that says “Work in a medium that publishers and studios love”, seems to promise a lot more success than can be guaranteed.
For most writers I know, “finding an artist” is the biggest challenge they face, something not mentioned here, but I guess if you’re mostly pitching to publishers, that’s less of a concern. And for a course focused on writing, I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on the unique needs and characteristics of comics (covered in the “visual storytelling” bullet above, I suspect) and less on Hollywood.