I run workshops, courses and talks about comics, manga and graphic novels, nationally and internationally, and have been doing so for nearly ten years! I work with audiences from 7 years old to adults. Events can range from a one hour, one off workshop, to a week long drawing course, or even a school club taking place every week throughout the year. Clients include: Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Sharjah International Book Fair and CityRead London.
I am happy to work with you to create a unique workshop that fits in with your learning outcomes or themes. General topics can include: Creating characters, narrative structure, storytelling through comics, and manga drawing. Examples of previous bespoke themes have been World War One, Romeo and Juliet, and Record Breakers.
Please feel free to get in contact regarding your needs and intended audience – I am happy to discuss and devise an activity to suit your organisation. Please note, I cannot answer emails from individuals looking to attend a workshop, but please keep an eye on the Calendar for all details of upcoming events. You might also like to check Comics Club Blog for details of comics events for children.
Comics Workshop for 8 – 12 year olds
1 ½ hrs
Using the theme of the nastiness of Victorian Era London, children devised their own gag comic strips. The children learned how and why comic strips are funny, and how to construct their own jokes, as well as the basics of cartoon drawing, dialogue and sound effects. The children were given facts about Victorian life and plenty of reference material to work into their stories. The finished 3- or 4-panel strips were displayed online. These workshops ran in libraries as part of CityRead London, a reading festival whose theme for the year was Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
Manga Club for 11 – 18 year olds
Lunchtimes over a school year
Students with an interest in manga came together for a weekly lunchtime session, to learn different manga creation skills, such as drawing anatomy, manga expressions, character design and narrative structure then devised, planned, wrote and drew a comic as a group project over the course of a school year. As well as learning skills in creating manga, it involved a lot of teamwork, and helped members of the group work towards their Art Award. Manga Club was run at Regent High School.
Comics and Graphic Novels for adults
A long weekend, Friday – Sunday
Students interested in creating their own graphic novel, or finding out more about the medium, attended a weekend course where they learned some of the history and context of graphic novels, as well as skills in visual storytelling, constructing narratives, composition and drawing. Students were encouraged to bring existing ideas for a story they wished to work on. During the weekend, they produced 1 – 2 pages of finished artwork, with the potential to expand what they had learned into a graphic novel. This course was run at West Dean College.