Learn to control the medium

How do you and the reader connect? How does your story reach them? Through your control of the medium, and your understanding of how words and pictures work.

Course curriculum

    1. Introduction to Storytelling Video

    2. Bonus: Storytelling with The Odyssey of Sergeant Brennan Intro

    3. Bonus: Storytelling with the Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan PDF

    1. The Narrative Image

    2. The Narrative Image (10 minute video)

    3. The Narrative Image PDF Version

    4. How to Read a Single Panel Cartoon by Tom Hart

    5. Exercise: three narrative images

    6. For Conversation: Panels with more or less information...

    1. Silent Stories

    2. Some Silent Stories VIDEO PRESENTATION

    3. Some Silent Stories PDF PRESENTATION

    4. BONUS: A Walk Through Comix 2000 - Video Playlist

    5. Bonus: From the Western Comics Essentials: Go Deeper - Silent Graphic Novels from the early 20th Century

    6. Exercise: 3-panel silent diary comics

    1. Storytelling engages with the past and future. Two examples.

    2. Playing with Time - Introduction + Exercise

    3. Time Through the Panels WORKSHOP (18 minute video)

    4. Time Through The Panels Exercise WORKSHOP PDF

    5. Bonus: SAW Favorite In-Class Exercise. Steve Canyon, Building Panel by Panel

    6. BONUS - Comics Kuleshov

    7. For Conversation:

    1. Page Design Objective

    2. Page Compositions Video 1

    3. Page Compositions Video 2

    4. Exercise: Page Composition

    5. Bonus: Survey of Page Compositions Presentation PDF

    6. BONUS: Eric Taylor 2-page spread (3-minute video)

    7. Bonus: WILD Osamu Tezuka page designs

    1. We are storytelling creatures

    2. A story is a problem to be solved...

    3. A story raises questions...

    4. Stories are Problems to Be Solved VIDEO

    5. Stories are Problems to Be Solved PDF

    6. Exercise: What is the Problem?

About this course

  • $249.00
  • 37 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

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