We're Here to Help You Stop Dreaming & Start Making Comics
SAW is a Non-Profit Comics School and Creative Community Led by Award-Winning Cartoonists
SAW offers 6-month and year-long intensives, short courses, vibrant memberships that are always enrolling and free resources to get you started.
Spend 6 months building the confidence to finish the project that is biting, begging, tearing at you to be made. You Are Ready This is your time to find the focus and tools to say, 'Yes! I am ready. I am here to bring my Graphic Novel to life.'
Want to dig into comics for the first or next real time ? Sarah Maloney will guide you through the first fun basics!
We're honored to have Austin Kleon talk to our students on April 11. Come with your questions!
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Our Exclusive Membership and Mentoring Groups will help you find your own path
Always Enrolling. SAW's Exclusive membership community for going deeper into our practice, and we publish an anthology twice a year. Includes in-course mentoring, four self-guided courses and a masterclass of material.
$9.99 / month with 14 day free trial
Always Enrolling. Shine a light on your ideas and memories in this intensive interactive working class in creating your graphic memoir. Sliding scale monthly pricing.
$30 / month with 14 day free trial
Every Saturday, we work together on an hour of practice that bring awareness to the body, creative expression informed by body awareness, and community through sharing our experiences.
$35 / month
A private space for diary cartoonists to grow their practice, share work, and get support!
$25 / month with 7 day free trial
Work with Derek on your own projects. Monthly! Work with Derek to on your own comics and storyboarding projects!
$150 / month
Comics with Josh Bayer! Need we say more!
$199 / month
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That's right! Free! Free Workshops! Free Community! Free E-Books!
Free Friday Night Workshops, continuing the tradition created by The Believer. Hosted on ZOOM by The Sequential Artists Workshop.
SAW's (evergrowing) free library of hints, tricks, techniques and inspirations. Sign in and browse around!
A free course in understanding comics through the graphic novel, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan
FREE E-BOOK! Get moving with Tom Hart's opus on freeing your creative self. A book about creativity, comics, writing with pictures, & staying engaged with your medium.
“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.”
And we regularly publish student and faculty work
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.”