Comics guru Jess Ruliffson guides you through making graphic novels

Do you love to draw? Come study with us this summer in an intensive comics class for high school students--all levels of experience are welcome. You will provide an original idea for a story or list of ideas and interests, and we will provide three weeks of mentorship, structure, and support for transforming your idea into an eight page comic or graphic narrative.

Required materials: A computer (ideally with Photoshop or similar software), a smartphone or tablet with a scanner app, and a quiet place to work. A list of additional cartooning tools will be sent to students on registration.

Class calls and structure

Exclusive course community, plus live calls:

  • Week 1 - Saturday July 2 2022, 12-2:30 pm Eastern
  • Week 2 - Saturday July 9, 12-2:30 pm Eastern
  • Week 3 - Saturday July 16, 12-2:30 pm Eastern
  • Week 4 - Saturday July 23, 12-2:30 pm Eastern

For live discussion and exercises. 

Class videos, audios, chats and transcripts will be saved and archived

Exclusive access to Jess's Mighty Network. This forum will be used to upload and share work for discussion during class times.

SAW Teen Classes

We've been doing this for years! 

Have a look at one of our first in-person teen workshops, from 2012!

And our 2012 Teen anthology from the cohort in the video-->

This class with Jess Rullifson is offered to be competitive with Rullifson's online classes at SVA.

We believe that everyone should have access to affordable, quality comics education. If you would like assistance in paying, please let us know with the MESSAGE US link below.

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About our instructor

Jess Ruliffson has been making graphic novels and teaching at School of Visual Arts for 15 years


Jess Ruliffson

Jess Ruliffson is and award-winning cartoonist currently interviewing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars for a full-length graphic novel. She’s given lectures and workshops at The Drawing Center, The Center for Cartoon Studies, and The Sequential Artist Workshop. She recently completed artwork for The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan by Bryan Doerries, available April 2016 from Pantheon Books. Other clients include The Boston Globe, Wilson Quarterly, Oxford American, E-Line Industries, Columbia University School of Journalism,, PEN America, The NYC Police Foundation, Symbolia Magazine, The Cartoon Picayune, and So What? Press.

Jess Ruliffson


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