603 N. Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78703 512-472-5050 Open 9AM - 11PM The largest independent bookstore in Texas!
Whether you're a beginning cartoonist or a longtime comics creator hoping to be published, this workshop will help guide you from creation (drawing exercises and storytelling techniques), to production (craft and practical skills to create your first zine or mini comic), and finally to self promotion and distribution (applying to comic arts & zine fests and getting your work out to shops around the globe). This 6 week course is a general overview of the process a lot of cartoonists embark on to be published and have their work read by a wider range of people. The course is designed for ages 16 and up.
This course will meet on Mondays from 5pm-7pm: February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 20
Required text: Syllabus by Lynda Barry (order separately)
About the Instructor:
Danithan Mejia is the Programming Coordinator for Small Press Expo, America's Premiere Independent Cartooning and Comics Arts Festival. He has been active in Austin's literary arts scene since his move here 8 years ago. A comics enthusiast and an avid supporter of small press, he is perhaps best known as the editor and founder of Foxing Quarterly, a local literary and comics journal. Through Foxing he has published many notable cartoonists such as Box Brown (Andre the Giant: Life and Legend), Luke Pearson (Creator of the Hilda Books), and Michael DeForge (Ant Colony and character designer on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time series). Danithan has also taught comics workshops and a summer camp for Austin Bat Cave, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides children and teenagers (ages 6-18) with opportunities to develop their creative and expository writing skills.