Learn the edges of storytelling

How far can you push the medium? Let's try new things to come to a new understanding of ourselves as creators and artists. We'll create formally unique comics, explore the edges of visual metaphor and create from the body to make powerful comics.  

Course curriculum

  • 01
    00 - Video Introduction
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    • Video Introduction to Comics Frontiers
  • 02
    01 - Reading Order Unravelled
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    • Introduction
    • Polyominos.pdf
  • 03
    02 - Voice and Tone in Narration
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    • Voice Introduction
    • Literary Narration and Point of View - Video Version
    • Narrative Voices Exercise - PDF Format Version
  • 04
    03 - You Can't Do This in the Movies
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    • You Can't Do This in the Movies Introduction and Exercise
    • You Can't Do This in the Movies VIDEO PRESENTATION
    • You Can't Do This in the Movies PDF PRESENTATION
    • BONUS: Osamu Tezuka Kirihito Examples
  • 05
    04 - Photos, Photo-Comics and Collage
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    • Photo Comics, Photo Collage, Fotonovelas and Fumetti - Video and Exercise
    • Photonovels PDF
    • The Photo Essay: Country Doctor from Life Magazine 1948
    • BONUS VIDEOS: Photo adaptations of Film and TV
    • BONUS Fumetti: Mutant Monster Beach Party from Punk Magazine featuring Debbie Harry, Joey Ramone and more.
    • BONUS: SAW Fumetti: All Tomorow's Nightmayers
  • 06
    05 - Discord and Rhyme
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    • Discord and Rhyme Info and Exercise 1
    • Chris Ware - I Guess PDF
    • Discord and Rhyme Info and Exercise 2
    • McCloud Chapter 6 Show and Tell
    • VIDEO: David B - Epileptic and the Dragon Metaphor
  • 07
    06 - Explore Your Format and 6th Week Assignment
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    • Explore Your Formats
    • Assignment for Session 3 - Hand Held, Two-Track, Finished Comic.
  • Tom Hart

    Instructor Bio:


    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