We Offer A Variety of Ways to Help You Get Started

  • Free Resources and a Community of Fellow-Creators

  • Low-commitment Courses and Monthly Memberships

  • Intensive Courses in Making Comics

  • A Place to Come Together at our Brick-and-Mortar School

Courses in storytelling and drawing to help you find your story and your voice

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SAW offers 6-month and year-long intensives, short courses, vibrant memberships that are always enrolling and free resources to get you started.

COMMIT TO STAYING CONNECTED

We offer 4 monthly membership tiers that bring you together with other artists to develop your skills and share your work.

1. FREE TIER

Includes

  • Free access to the Mighty Network, where all of our students and mentors meet and share

  • How to Say Everything - Tom Hart's 180 page book on staying creative

  • Free Course: Storytelling with The Odyssey of Sgt. Jack Brennan, from the best-selling book

  • Dozens of PDF and video resources on drawing, panel compositions, page compositions and lettering

  • Dozens of PDF and video resources on storytelling, character and pacing

  • Access to almost 100 videos including our Friday Night Workshops, Inking Videos and Procreate Workshops

2. FLOW + PUBLISH

Includes EVERYTHING in FREE TIER plus...

  • Your work showcased in our twice-annual SAW anthologies

  • Direct interaction with our FLOW mentors, currently Jen Sandwich and Jess Ruliffson and moderators Karlo Antunes and Tom Hart

  • Access to the 300 GB Complete SAW Reading Dropbox

  • Live face-to-face attendance in our 6-times-a-year LIVE PRO CALLS with live Q+A, and the Pro-Call archives

  • Free course: 30 Day Prompt Bouquet

  • Free course: Get Seen Get Good

  • Free course: Inner Critic Recovery Program

  • Free course: Let's Make a Holy Book

  • Almost a hundred more presentations, videos, PDFs, curated by topic, used in many of our classes

  • Early access to new courses, events, and resources

  • Ability to create own events

3. FLIGHT

Includes EVERYTHING in FREE + FLOW TIER plus (see below)

4. FAMILY, FINESSE, + FREEDOM

And when you've been through some stuff...

Be Inspired by the SAW Instructors

“Tom Hart is the New York Times Bestselling author of Rosalie Lightning. He was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists, and has been on many best-of lists in the Comics Journal and other comix publications. Tom has been called “one of the great underrated cartoonists of our time” by Eddie Campbell and “one of my favorite cartoonists of the decade” by Scott McCloud. Before founding SAW, Tom was a core instructor at the School of Visual Arts in NYC for 10 years. Tom’s former students include award winning-cartoonists Dash Shaw, Sarah Glidden, Box Brown, Leslie Stein, and many others. ”

“Jess Ruliffson is an award-winning cartoonist who has lectured and taught workshops at The School of Visual Arts, The Drawing Center, and The Center for Cartoon Studies. In 2017, her work was shortlisted for Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize. Clients include Pantheon Books, BuzzFeed, Freeman's, The Boston Globe, The Gainesville Sun, The Oxford American, and Wilson Quarterly. Her forthcoming graphic novel, Where Eden Once Stood (Fantagraphics), collects interviews with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.”

“Elizabeth Trembley, Ph.D, is a Lamda Literary Award-winning mystery novelist (Whacked, pen name Josie Gordon), memoirist, and writing teacher of more than three decades. She trained in literature and in innovation and creativity in places as diverse as the University of Chicago and Disney University. Through her classes, hundreds of students have drafted their first novels, explored digital storytelling, crafted political and personal essays, reflected on their lives through memoir. In the early 2010s, she turned her attention to comics, studying at the Sequential Artists Workshop and the Center for Cartoon Studies before beginning to teach comics as well. Her Graphic Memoir, Look Again, is forthcoming through Street Noise Books.”

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Testimonials

Our Students Love SAW

“SAW changed, & continues to change, my life! When I tell people about the incredible comics community & classes I'm part of at SAW they're sure such an amazing place couldn't exist. I say 'psh! Here's the link!' 😛 I've never felt so supported to improve my craft & make my art. SAW 4 LYFE.”

“I'm still getting the hang of the range of "finished" in this kind of work and this piece feels kind of like a breakthrough to me - the result of the SAW courses I've been taking and finding this great community. You know, the kind of thing you look at a couple of days later and say to yourself, "Did I really make that?"”

“SAW gave me the confidence to become the artist I wanted to be. I am very grateful for the time I spent learning, trying, studying comics, figuring out my own style, letting myself struggle, succeed and fail, working in many different mediums and learning from all the different mentors and guest speakers. The community was a big part of why this worked for me. I felt very supported by my classmates/friends when it came to the work and figuring things out and also the weekly Zoom drawing time with Dante was so great to know we were all just drawing together and sharing if we wanted. I am so happy Tom started this school. It also gave me the momentum to keep up with the drawing and how to keep it going. It was so much better than I had ever imagined. I'll forever have fond memories of my time at SAW.”