Calling all creators of comic books and graphic novels!


 Comics Mastermind™ is delighted to roll out the first stage of its 2019 short course program for aspiring and emerging comics creators, as well as cartoonists, authors and illustrators who want to cross mediums and learn more about writing comic books and graphic novels.

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THE MECHANICS OF VISUAL STORYTELLING: Mastering the Comic Book and Graphic Novel Script

DATE: Tuesday 26 March and Tuesday 2 April 2019

TIME: 6:30 to 8.00pm (AEST – Sydney / Melbourne time)

DURATION: 1.5 hours x 2 weeks (3 hours)

PRESENTER: Jason Franks

This short course for beginners will provide you with the tools for getting started in comics, and give you insights into:

  • Understanding visual narrative (the “comics” medium), as well as its genres, styles and publishing categories (including graphic novels!)

  • Becoming acquainted with comics jargon

  • Understanding the writing process from outline to page / panel breakdown to FULL script… and how to communicate ideas clearly and concisely to your artist and publisher

  • Utilising visual storytelling tools appropriately to serve the narrative and the character journey

  • Translating story structure into comics formats

  • Controlling pacing through your story

  • Establishing panel points of view (AKA shots) effectively

  • Understanding the fundamentals of dialogue

  • And other important rules of visual storytelling.

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VISUAL STORYTELLING SUCCESS SYSTEM: How to Write Comic Books and Graphic Novels

DATE: Tuesday 9 April to Tuesday 28 May 2019 

TIME: 6:30 to 8.00pm (AEST – Sydney / Melbourne time)

DURATION: 1.5 hours x 8 weeks (12 hours)

PRESENTER: Julie Ditrich

This short course provides you with a step-by-step system that will get you started as a visual storyteller, and will give you insights into:

  • Visual Narrative Techniques

  • Characterisation

  • Story Structure

  • Plotting and Dialogue

  • Show and Don’t Tell

  • And other important aspects of graphic narrative.

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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a partner organisation, and members qualify for special discounts off the short courses program.