Making Comics 101

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Making Comics

    Teacher Information

    Salgood Sam is a comics artist with over 25 years experience crafting sequential art for both love and money. He has worked as Work For Hire talent, in addition to serving as an editor, and in the art restoration of classic comics. In recent years, he has financed his independent graphic novels through grants and crowdfunding. He is personally familiar with nearly all aspects of the art form.

    Starting early in the 90s he was employed by Marvel and DC Comics as a freelancer on titles such as ‘Saint Sinner’, ‘Clive Barker's Nightbreed’, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Morbius: the Living Vampire’, ‘Ghost Rider 2099’, ‘Spider-Man 2099’, ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Terminator’.

    He’s best known today for his work on ‘Sea of Red’ (Image Comics) and the graphic novels ‘Therefore, Repent!’ (IDW/NMK) and ‘Dream Life | a late coming of age’ (Self Published/Kickstarter). He also lent a hand restoring Frank King’s classic comic strip Gasoline Alley for Drawn and Quarterly, and currently self-publishes his own comics anthology series ‘Revolver Quarterly’, showcasing a wide variety of drawing and narrative styles. As an independent publisher, he has run three successful crowdfunding campaigns.

    Additionally he helped found both the Monthly Toronto Comic Jam, the Monthly Montreal Comic Jam, the comics news site Sequential, and is the recipient of three grants in addition to serving on Peer Jury for the Canadian Council for the Arts, judging graphic novel grant applications. Salgood is also an experienced and popular teacher at Syn Studio.

    Course Outline

    Our 10-week Making Comics 101 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.


    Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Date of first class: July 11th

    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 they don’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 Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 5th of July 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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