Transform Your Practice, Grow Your Skills, Wisdom and Confidence
Don’t know what to do with those characters and ideas?
Want some help figuring out next steps?
Want to learn the amazing medium of comics in a fun, expert-led environment?
Do you want feedback, tricks, and guidance?
Permission. Guidance. Focus.
Welcome to our Comics Flow Intensive Working Group!
If you want to tone and stretch your imagination, this is the place to be.
I'm here to help you find your material, find your voice, with an audience of like-minded readers/creators.
I’m a #1 NY Times bestselling graphic novelist and I love to teach comics. I love to play comics games, I love to encourage and see what you come up with.
This ongoing group is based on our Graphic Memoir Intensive group which has been AMAZING...
There's plenty of room for you!
It's ok to have bad days, creaky joints, and "bad ideas" !
I've been there a million times!
But this group is like going to the gym!
You’ll love working with prompts, exercises and encouragement.
In this group, you'll play around, test ideas and create images and stories. You'll hear and read amazing stories, tell your own, work on storytelling, get lots of great group feedback as well as lots of input from me, along with guided exercises and examples and wisdom.
Jump in now!
You can learn to make your comics practice soar.
Jump in anytime, subscribe for one month or 20, and learn from a master teacher and a cohort of like-minded writer/artists.
A Masterclass of Material
Every week is a little different. Potential topics and exercises are all bundled in the curriculum below, and it's always growing! We'll pull from these materials as needed during class time, but you're always welcome to dive in and look around.
This is a process course. Lots of playing, lots of trying new things, lots of seeing what’s developing. Some types of techniques and ideas we’ll play with:
- new characters
- personal material gathering
- general structure
- different tones of voice
- visual metaphor
- in-depth ways we can be compelling on the page
- playful combinations
- new visual languages
- in-depth emotional content
- and much much much more (I'm always surprised myself!)
Past students of mine know that I’m quick to tailor exercises and discussions according to the needs of the group or even individuals.
It may be that some people need guided exercises and others want discussions and feedback. Both are always accommodated.
Want to see what real people are like? Want to see real people telling their stories? Want to tell your own?
Want to make your comics come alive?
This group will free and inspire you. Let's make your story happen!
What others have been saying about this course:
May I just say that I'm pinching myself that this is actually happening? So stoked to be doing this! I love how all these prompts really get the synapses firing! I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with…
I am astounded by the crazy story ideas I get from this method. It is amazing to see how my brain connects all these seemingly unrelated things and begins putting them together. My brain just comes alive, and it's so exciting!
--Sarah Joyce Bryant
Nothing else has worked to flesh out the ideas that are swirling around in my head (not even an MFA degree.)
It's like a spectrum of choices to me, from freewheeling to some regimented choices. Tom is making us into creators living independent of process, rather than shackled by it.
Like a lot of my classes, I'm offering it sliding scale. Paying what you can afford helps others pay what they can afford, thanks!
Want to pay something other than the below? Contact me at email@example.com
Sliding Scale: Paying what you can afford helps others pay what they can afford...
- Introduction to Drawing Bodies and Heads
- Drawing the Figure - Famous Artists Cartoon Course
- Drawing the Head - Famous Artists Cartoon Course
- Cartooning the Head in Detail - Famous Artists Cartoon Course
- Cartooning the Figure in Detail - Famous Artists Cartoon Course
- Drawing Children, Adults and Teens
- Emotions PDF
- Random Bodies and Stuff
- Introduction to Composition in the Panel
- Molly Bang - How Pictures Work - brief PDF introduction
- Video: Staging Characters in the Panel
- Disney's Basics of Composition PDF
- Storyboarding the Simpsons Way - Composition PDF
- Panel Composition by Kali Ceisemier
- Drawing for Comics from Tom Hart's Comic Strips Book
- Wally Wood's 22 Panels "That Always Work"
- How To Read (and make) a Single-Panel Cartoon - by Tom Hart
- Silhouettes PDF
- Storytelling Flow Full PDF
- Storytelling Flow Before and After Sheet
- Ongoing list of links to online articles and books
- Carol Tyler's Red Ribbons
- Carol Tyler - Character Intros and Symbols
- Carol Tyler and Tom Hart speaking at Society of Illustrators - VIDEO
- Images That Sing - PDF from How To Say Everything
- Diary Comics
- Chester Brown - The Playboy Narrative Guide
- Lettering! Title and Display
- Twisted Sisters PDF
- I Remember (excerpt) by Joe Brainard
- The Aquatic Uncle by Italo Calvino from Cosmicomics - TEXT
- The Aquatic Uncle, by Italo Calvino from Cosmicomics - AUDIO
- Lettering Video Presentation
- WOMEN IN COMICS An Introductory Guide by Trina Robbins PDF
So there are two URLs for this course?
Yes, the course materials, are here:
and the conversation is on Google+. You will be given a link to that when you enroll!
It looks like a ton of material there. How do we go through it?
Yes, there is lots!
We'll excavate slowly!
You can browse at any time you feel like a particular topic is what you need. You can always ask about anything in the class, but more common is that I will point to particular materials there, and have some or all of you take a look and work on the topics therein.
And I will introduce a topic or idea each week to play around with. You can choose to play along, listen in or do your own thing.
Is there overlap with the Storytelling Flow course?
This course comes from the same principles, that your ideas and stories are lying there waiting for you.
This group and course is a more spread out, playful, long-term examination of those stories and ideas!
Every week, we'll try something new, or something old, or look at something that works and try our own version.
Is there overlap with How To Say Everything?
A little, yeah! But we'll try lots of stuff not in that book too!
What if we're all at different levels or stages of our practice? How does that work?
It works great! I find this is a lot like a dojo; the experienced students get to deepen their understanding by guiding and assisting others, and those in beginning stages learn from a lot of collective wisdom!
What will you have us be doing?
the way that makes the most sense to us. My aim is to guide you that way.
Is there a free trial?
Is a copy of the Storytelling Flow PDF in there?
What if I don't subscribe next month?
You have access to the materials AND the GOOGLE+ Community by continuing to be a subscriber.
The price always be sliding scale. And you can change what you pay any month.
You will be removed from the Google+ when you're not subscribed; but you can rejoin and still have all your old posts available...
Sliding Scale? What Does That Mean?
It means you pay what you can afford. You have the same access as everyone else. Thanks for paying what you can afford!
Any more questions?
Feel free to ask firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for being on your comics adventure with me!
Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop
About the instructor
Tom Hart is a cartoonist has been the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a school and arts organization in Gainesville, Florida since 2012.
His 2016 memoir, Rosalie Lightning, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was featured on many Best-Of-2016 lists.
His Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, were nominated for all the major industry awards. His The Collected Hutch Owenwas nominated for best graphic novel in 2000. 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. He 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. His daily Hutch Owen comic strip ran for 2 years in newspapers in New York and Boston, and his “Ali’s House”, co-created with Margo Dabaie was picked up by King Features Syndicate.
He was a core instructor at New York City’s School of Visual Arts for 10 years, teaching cartooning to undergraduates, working adults and teens alike. Among his students were Dash Shaw, Sarah Glidden Box Brown and other published cartoonists like Leslie Stein, Jessica Fink,Josh Bayer, Brendan Leachand many others. He has taught comix and sequential art at schools and institutions all around New York City for more than 10 years, and has conducted week-long workshops from Maine to Hawaii. He also teaches sequential art in the School of Art and Art History at UF.
A couple other recent books:
Let’s Get Furious
The Sequential Artists Workshop Guide to Making Professional Comic Strips
His website is http://www.tomhart.net