Teaching College Students How to Make Comics

Cal State Fullerton has honored me with a job teaching their students something about making comics (this in addition to teaching Life Drawing and Animal Anatomy & Wildlife Drawing--fun!). We've got a whole 15 weeks to do a deep-dive on this subject; three weeks in and already the students are cranking out the pages. I've been keeping a running tab on our progress over at the venerable T.A.G. Blog, where I'm posting details of my lesson plans. I'm counting on my T.A.G. friends and fellow comic-makers (all with much more experience than me) to chime in with suggestions/ridicule (the combo is working great so far). You can read Week 1 or Weeks 2 & 3 and be sure to let me know what you hate!

One of the concepts we've hit is how time can work in sequential art--I'm using the great Scott McCloud book, "Understanding Comics" as our guide. I created this panel to illustrate the wonderfully comic-specific concept of elapsed time as it (can) happen within a single comic book panel.

 I was going for a mock "Tomb of Dracula" look...what was I thinking? It started as a quick doodle to illustrate the point and then got all kinds of outta hand....

I was going for a mock "Tomb of Dracula" look...what was I thinking? It started as a quick doodle to illustrate the point and then got all kinds of outta hand....