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Happy Harbor Comics' Workshops for Aspiring Comics Creators

Melding words and pictures, comics have a unique power to harness the imagination's creative storytelling potential.
Happy Harbor Comics' Drawn to Write Workshops will lead participants into this fantastic world of comics creation.

For Ages 9+

July 11-13, 2018
8:30AM - 4:00PM

For Ages 13+

July 25-27, 2018
8:30AM - 4:00PM

For Ages 15+

July 4, 11, 18, 25 - 2018
6:00PM - 9:00PM

* Please note that this fee includes a $35 non-refundable fee. No refunds will be made if an applicant is accepted into the camp but cancels his/her registration after the application deadline. However, a full refund will be made in the event the applicant is not accepted into the program. This tuition includes instruction, art supplies, a daily snack, a printed anthology of the comics created at the camp, and a launch party for the final anthology project.

** Please note that no refunds will be made if an applicant is accepted into any workshop but cancels their registration after the application deadline. A full refund will be made if the applicant is not accepted into the program.

Session Curriculum(s)

In the Beginning:
Participants will be taken step by step through the process of creating a comic, as well as enjoying fun comic-related activities that will enhance the participants' understanding and appreciation of the comics medium. By the end of the camp, they will have each created a 1-page comic.

To Be Continued:
Participants will be taken through advanced techniques in graphic storytelling, idea creation and development, and learn more about the business side of comic book creation. By the end of the camp, they will have each created a 1-page comic which will be published in an anthology.

Each Youth Camp(s) participant will receive a basic comic art kit as part of their camp experience, which is included in the camp fee. The kit will include the following supplies†, provided by Delta Art and Drafting Supply:

  • Sketchbook
  • White Vinyl Eraser
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Fine-Line Marker, Black
  • Ultra-Fine Tip Marker, Black
  • Tote Bag (courtesy of YouthWrite)

Drawn to Write is supported by:

  The YouthWrite Society
  Delta Art and Drafting Supply

Participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies if they have materials they would prefer to use and/or would like to augment their work with materials not included in the kit provided.

Participants are expected to bring their own lunches to each day of the Youth Camps (In the Beginning & To Be Continued). A group snack will be provided each day for all participants of the Youth Camps, and is included in the camp fee. There will be a vegetarian option. Please notify us of any food allergies or sensitivities.

In order to give Drawn-to-Writers the full experience of publishing a comic, they are strongly encouraged to attend the anthology launch party, where they will sign comics for the crowds that turn up to buy the book.

Wednesday Workshops

  1. July 4th - Visual Storytelling
  2. Comics are a medium with an incredible breadth of unique storytelling techniques – there's way more to a page than just what's drawn on it! In this workshop, participants will learn how to lay out pages to maximize clarity and lead the reader's eye through the story. Topics covered include panel layout, page design, establishing shots, and setting tone and mood.

  3. July 11th - Juxtaposition and Geography on the Comic Page
  4. This workshop will focus on storytelling challenges and techniques unique to the comics medium: the juxtaposition and spatial relations of image and text. Participants will learn how to construct a comic page as a series of ideas interacting with each other to create the desired narrative effect. Practical considerations of the format, like maximizing reader ease through word balloon placement and maintaining a workable balance of information inside individual panels, will also be examined.

  5. July 18th - Writing Scripts for Comics
  6. The blank page with “page one, panel one” at the top is one of the most daunting sights in comic creation. There are several methods of comic scripting which will be explored in this workshop, with emphasis on finding what works for you and the necessity of clear communication to the artist. Page/panel, direction and dialogue, and visual script formats will be covered, as well as elements unique to a comic script like page turns and visualizing the page to write it. Whether you're an aspiring writer, or an artist looking for more insight into interpreting scripts, this is the class for you!

  7. July 25th - Getting Your Comic Print Ready
  8. For many, drawing the comic is the easy part – how do you get it in print and into people's hands? It all starts with file preparation, and understanding what a printer needs from you to produce the best book possible. Topics covered include page formats and their effect on printing and price, finding a printer, putting together a book layout file, and possibly the most important factor – how do you sell your books once they're printed!?

the Instructors

Our fully insured instructors and supervisors are knowledgeable comics creators, curators, and enthusiasts. Each is a devoted member of Happy Harbor's artist community, and includes past participants of Happy Harbor's Artist-in-Residence Program!

Jeff MartinSabrina O'DonnellDaniel Schneider
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Collectively, the Happy Harbor Comics team is committed to developing a strong local community that enriches and engages youth with the comics medium and industry, promoting continued learning through multi-disciplinary approaches.