Teaching Comic Books
When Paul and I started working in comics, there were pitifully few opportunities to share information with other creators and to learn about the business. You mostly had to learn on the job, or by talking to other pros at comic-cons.
But that’s all changed. Today, there’s a wealth of information available about making comic books and making a living in comics. An embarrassment of riches, even. Below are some of the resources I think are worth sharing. Feel free to send me more!
More classes and degrees in making comics (aka sequential art) are being offered every year—this is only a partial list of established comic book programs. There are also programs focused on the scholarly study of comic books. Check your local schools, libraries, and comic book shops for classes near you.
The Beat – Veteran comics journalist Heidi MacDonald and crew compiled a lengthy list of links on the topic “How to Get into Comics and Survive Once You’re There.” The Beat is also a great place to follow comic book industry news.
Dilettante – Steve Lieber’s series of columns for Toucan, the Comic-Con International blog, are essential reading.
Comicraft posts articles and tutorials on comic book lettering (a crucial but often overlooked skill) and production.
Jessica Abel frequently blogs about the creative process and overcoming challenges, and she also runs workshops.