Kick Your Comics Practice Into Gear

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!

I've been there a million times!

It's ok to have bad days, creaky joints, and "bad ideas" !

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.

You'll join the exclusive Comics FLOW Group in our Mighty Network

What is Included

  • 18 Videos

  • 16 Texts

  • 67 PDFs

  • 1 Audio

  • 1 Download

  • 2 Presentations

  • 50 Hours

Want a Sample?

Click Here to download the free booklet 5 Exercises to Stay Unstuck Forever.

Course curriculum

  • 01
    0. Introduction to this Course
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    • About this Course
    • Comics FLOW Group Community Link
  • 02
    1 - Introductions
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    • Introduction to the group
    • 5 Exercises to Stay Unstuck - PDF
  • 03
    2 - Silent Storytelling
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    • Silent Storytelling Introduction
    • Some Silent Stories
    • Some Silent Stories - PDF
  • 04
    3 - Voice
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    • Voice Introduction
    • Narrative Voices Video 1 of 3
    • Narrative Voice Video 2 of 3
    • Narrative Voices Video 3 of 3
    • Narrative Voices Exercise PDF Format
  • 05
    4 - Drawing the Head and Body
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    • 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
    • Designing Characters
  • 06
    5 - More About Storytelling
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    • Introduction to Show and Tell
    • Scott McCloud - Chapter 6 Show and Tell
    • 01 - Why Comics?
    • 01 - Why Comics? - My Story
    • 04 - Finding a Visual Style
    • 04 - Finding a Visual Style - My Story
    • 05 - Getting Started
    • 07 - Visual Language
    • Comics Kuleshov
    • Copy of David Mamet On Directing Film Excerpt
  • 07
    6 - Composition of the Panel
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    • 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
    • Body Language PDF
    • Silhouettes PDF
  • 08
    7- Some Resources about Writing
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    • Stan Lee on "the Marvel Method"
    • Stan Lee on "The Marvel Method", 1966 - AUDIO
  • 09
    8 - More Drawing Resources
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    • Video: Using Reference
    • Video: Some Principles of Comics
    • Coloring from Tom Hart's Comic Strips Book
    • Page Compositions Part 1
    • Page Compositions Part 2
    • Using References - VIDEO
    • Squash and Stretch!
    • A lexicon of emanata
  • 10
    9 - Visual Metaphor and Motif
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    • Introduction to Visual Metaphor and Motif
    • Sampling of Visual Metaphors
    • Gestural Text PDF
  • 11
    10 - Other Readings and Exercises
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    • 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
    • Osamu Tezuka - Ode to Kirohito Examples
    • Biography Comics
    • The full SAW READING DROPBOX FOLDER
    • Reproduction Guide from Jordan Crane, Ron Rege, Brian Ralph and more.
  • 12
    11 - A Walk Through Comix 2000
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    • A Walk Through Comix 2000 - VIDEOS
  • 13
    99 - Grids and Other Resources
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    • Why grids?
    • 4-Panel Grid
    • 6-Panel Grid
    • Balloons, Panels and Bubbles - Common Comics Language
    • Fold-out mini-comic template psd format
    • Fold-Out Mini-Comic Template

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!)
I’ll be listening to your feedback and will provide different exercises and discussions depending on what themes or issues surface.

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!


Sliding Scale: Paying what you can afford helps others pay what they can afford...

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!

Testimonials

“Tom brings everything I could have wanted to his role as mentor and impresario in the SAW graphic memoir group—enthusiasm, a sharp and critical eye, an intuitive grasp of visual and linear storytelling, and perhaps the world’s most exhaustive and affectionate knowledge of comics history. He loves what he does, and he exudes a genuine desire to help his students become the best comics artists possible.”

Student

Elizabeth Kadetsky

“I loved Tom Hart's course and being able to share with other members and ask for & give feedback about the work on a daily basis. Everyone is super willing to share and is generous with their time and ideas and helps to move your story along or call out things that may not work, or need to be clarified. Tom gives great insight as well, and he gives a plethora of great materials from pdf of comics and readings of everything form starting to visual style and storytelling through comics. Highly recommended!”

Student

Lynsey Erin Hirth

“This course helped me to clarify my concept for my graphic memoir, to get valuable feedback from Tom and classmates about my plan, and to workshop various ideas through the excellent exercises Tom provided. There was TONNES of material provided, more than I could actually sift through, but what I looked at was so helpful in so many ways. I loved the camaraderie and creative exchange in our group. I now feel more confident and knowledgeable about the graphic memoir genre, drawing the face and body, page composition, and voice, and ready to really start my memoir in earnest. Great to know also that the new course will allow me to come back in to get support when I need it. Thanks Tom!”

Student

Madeline Walker

F.A.Q.

So there are two URLs for this course?

Yes, the course materials, are here:

https://learn.sawcomics.org/courses/comics-flow-group/

and the conversation is on our MIGHTY NETWORK Community You will be given a link to the priv 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?

I will try to guide us in the way that makes the most sense to us as a group. I will sometimes be directing your attention to the enormous archive of information, examples and exercises in the archives. Other times I may try something completely new...


Is there a free trial?

Yep!


Is a copy of the Storytelling Flow PDF in there?

Yep!


What if I don't subscribe next month? 

You have access to the materials AND the MIGHTY NETWORK 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 private community 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! 


Does Tom Hart really post and comment in the group? 

Yes, this is me! And this group is one of the main social media in my life. I love being in here and watching people hit new heights and have new revelations. I post and comment in this group frequently, and to some degree the rest of our Mighty Network as much as I can be...  I have no time for other social media!


Any more questions? 

Feel free to ask  tom@sequentialartistsworkshop.org 

  • Instructor(s)

    Instructor Bio:

    STAY INSPIRED

    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.

    His website is http://www.tomhart.net

    Tom Hart

    Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop

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