How To Write A Comic Book: Kieron Gillen Offers Up A Masterclass On Storytelling

by Olly MacNamee

British broadsheet, The Guardian does a mean sideline in Masterclasses with some of the best and brightest talents from various fields offering themselves up as tutors. The most recent Masterclass I came upon which may very well interest any UK residents (or wealthy travellers from abroad) is one to be hosted by Kieron Gillen, next February 5th, 2020.

Priced at a hefty, eye-watering £49 this event promises to be a combination of “anecdotes, practical takeaways and a breaking down of individual stories and pages (plus Q&A)” with Gillen offering advice to budding workers and, I dare say, the odd professional creator, too.

Here’s the course content:

  • What a comic script is, what it isn’t and how to make yours yours without making an artist want to kill you.
  • How the industry works and doesn’t work. Demystification and warnings.
  • The whole Process – building your idea, your team and the book to show the world.
  • How do you work with artists, editors, inkers, colourists and everyone else. What works? What’s ethical? What’s both?
  • Narrative structure, at every level – the panel, the page, the issue, the series.
  • Q&A

And, you can read more about this unique event and book your place, here now.

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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