How to create polished, professional comics

This course details everything you know to making strong, personal and compelling comic strips. Funny or adventurous, from first notions to final publishing, this course will offer real-world advice and ideas about how to create and refine your strip for an audience.

Taught by a veteran cartoonist, teacher and strip artist, it even features an interview with a syndicate editor-in-chief about what he looks for in a new strip.

For any cartoonist interested in making their ideas come alive- on the page or on the web.

What's Included

  • 13 PDFs

About the instructor

Tom Hart
Tom Hart
Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop

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:
Daddy Lightning
Let’s Get Furious
The Sequential Artists Workshop Guide to Making Professional Comic Strips

His website is

Course curriculum

    1. Intro

    2. Technical Stuff

    3. Creating a Scenario

    4. Creating Characters

    5. Generating Years of Ideas

    6. Writing Jokes or Cliffhangers

    7. Drawing For Strips

    8. Inking Lettering and Coloring

    9. Break The Rules

    10. Selling a Strip

    11. Appendix 1 Page Creation

    12. Appendix II Strategy Cards

    13. Bibliography

About this course

  • $8.99
  • 13 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content