Making Comics

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Making Comics

    Teacher Information

    Salgood Sam is a comic book artist and illustrator with over two decades of industry experience. In the early and mid 90's he worked for Marvel Comics on eight series including Dr. Strange, Nightbreed, Saint Sinner, Spider-Man and Ghost Rider 2099. Since then he's been organizing Comics Jams, founding Sequential (Canada's comics news metablog) and working as a freelancer on a variety of animation, comics and illustration projects including the Sam and Max animated series, the Ghostbusters and Terminator 3: Before the Rise comics and contributing to three Eisner winning anthologies! His personal projects, Dream Life, RevolveR and Therefore Repent!, have also garnered much critical acclaim.

    Course Outline

    Our 10-week Making Comics course will teach you all the basic aspects of creating comics, from idea to publication, by helping you develop your own three-page story with guidance from a professional comic book artist.

    Week 1 - Learn the basic elements, mechanics and terminology of comics; what defines the medium of sequential art, what makes for a good character design, an introduction to page design, and your tools!

    Week 2 - Understand the basics of how to build a story: an introduction to scripting conventions for comics, page layout & thumbnailing.

    Week 3 - Learn essential techniques for planning and penciling your comics pages. Receive an introduction to inking tools as well as different styles of finishing your art.

    Week 4 - Learn how to scan your pages, make "blue lines" for inking and how to hand-letter your comics while ensuring your text is readable. Acquire methods for balloon placement, working with the eye-line, advanced inking and more.

    Week 5 - Learn the power of using digital tools for lettering, colouring, and processing your art. You don’t have to be able to use a computer to make comics, but like most things, it helps a lot and can greatly empower your creativity.

    Week 6 - Comic Jam! An introduction to improv comics, collaborating and the comics community. You can make comics on your own, but it helps to team up for big projects, and community will be your greatest resource.

    Week 7 - Learn the business: an overview of the current state of the Art in self-publishing, social networking and building a brand. Continue working on your comic while receiving one-on-one feedback from the instructor.

    Week 8 - Receive an introduction to digital colouring and understanding of the role of colour in storytelling.

    Weeks 9 - 10 - Learn to apply the finishing touches and complete your comic with the professional guidance of the instructor.


    Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Date of first class: April 12th

    Duration: 10 weeks

    Language: English

    You can register at the bottom-left of this page.


    This course teaches all the basic aspects of Comics/BD/Manga storytelling. You will learn about character development, dramatic story structure, dialogue, easy-to-follow sequential artwork, eye-catching inking, lettering, and enhancing story through colour.

    Making comics is one of the most complex art forms that one person can do all on their own, but it doesn't have to be intimidating. By the end of this course, you will have had the opportunity to pick up or refine all the key tools you need to make your comics tick, turn pages, and kick ass!

    This course is well suited for complete beginners, as well as novices who’ve had limited experience making comics already. It is genre agnostic and all styles are welcome!


    No prerequisites. This course is well suited for complete beginners, as well as novices who’ve had limited experience making comics already.

    Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something).


    This is a popular class and may fill up well before the deadline. $430 $399.


    The Late Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 4th of April at 11:59 PM


    • Receive coaching from a professional comic book artist and make your own 3 page mini-comic that you can be proud of
    • Learn effective techniques for all major steps of the comic-book making process: layouts, penciling, inking, lettering and colouring
    • Learn a few tricks in Photoshop and Illustrator that will save you hours of work

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