Together with a group of fellow comic artists you will create your new comic from scratch, using the course and regular live sessions. (Roughly once a week / every other week)
You will get feedback on your comic as you go and within 5 months you will be making the pages of your fully developed comic.
The coaching program is currently closed
How to Start a Comic group coaching program
What is better than making your own comic? Making a comic together with other people, of course!
Each of the students in the coaching program will be creating their own comic from scratch, using the course.
How does the coaching work?
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Lesson 1.1 Coming up with (fun!) ideas
Lesson 1.2 Expanding your ideas and choosing your direction
Lesson 1.3 Story Spines
Lesson 1.4 How to determine how long your comic should be
Lesson 1.5 Get organized!
Lesson 1.6 Your comic’s tone and artistic style
Lesson 2.1 Get to your story’s core (Theme)
Lesson 2.2 Main Character arc and how they influence the plot
Lesson 2.3 Villains, obstacles and side characters
Lesson 2.4 Write a logline that hooks
Lesson 2.5 Outline your entire story using the “three act structure”
Lesson 3.1 Where and how will you publish your comic?
Lesson 3.2 Determine the final look of your comic (Style tests)
Lesson 3.3 Test pages
Lesson 3.4 Templates and tools for a smooth workflow
Lesson 3.5 Design your star players
Lesson 3.6 Locations your audience wants to visit
Lesson 4.1 Get economical with your workflow + chart your progress
Lesson 4.2 How to batch and divide your scenes over your pages
Lesson 4.3 The quickest and easiest way to a solid page (Thumbnails)
Lesson 4.4 Make your final layout and do your lettering
Lesson 4.5 How to get solid pencils
Lesson 4.6 The first part of the final page: inks!
Lesson 4.7 Tips to keep your colour in check
Not sure if the How to Start a Comic course will be a good fit for you?
I 100% believe that this course will feature everything you need to get that comic out of your head and on to paper. But if you’re not sure it will help you, just try it out for 14 days after getting the course, do some assignments and look around, and then email me if you don’t think it will help you make your comic.
I will give you a full refund.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this course suitable for beginners?
It is! How to Start a Comic takes you from zero to your first finished pages of your comic without skipping a step. If you’ve never made comics before then this is a great place to start and to learn about how to come up with ideas, learning how to write a story and how to develop your characters and comic’s world, as well as dipping your toes into making your comic pages. All the while you can ask for advice from your fellow comic creators in the Discord server.
Do I have to know how to draw or write?
A basic knowledge of drawing is certainly helpful, though I believe everyone can make a comic. We all have to start somewhere, right? This course will not teach you how to draw, but it will give you tips for how to improve your drawing while you’re making your comic. I do think, though, that one of the best ways to get better at drawing is to create comics. As for the writing, the course will certainly help you write your story. And as you will see, you might already be better at writing than you think.
Will access to the course expire?
Nope! You can take this course completely at your own pace. And you can come back to it every time you’re making a new comic.
What is the time investment for How to Start a Comic?
This depends on a few things: how long your comic is going to be, how elaborate it is and how much time you have available. The course itself is 6.5 hours long but the biggest amount of time will be spend on creating your comic. I always advise students to find at least 10-20 minutes every day to work on their comic. Or plan an hour of free time a few times a week to get the work in.
Can I use this course for every kind of comic?
The writing part of the course focuses heavily on creating a story with a beginning, middle and ending. So in that sense it will be harder to apply that to an ongoing gag-a-day strip, for example. (Even though these comics often still have an overarching storyline) But you can still apply the basics of storytelling and character development to these kinds of comics. And the other lessons of the course will also still be valuable to you. But just so you know, the main focus in the writing part of the course is on longer stories that have a definitive ending.
Will this course go into how to promote/sell my comic?
No, this course does not go into promoting your comic, selling your comic to an audience or publisher, or into how to create a website for your webcomic. There will be lessons that require you to think about what your primary goal is for your comic. But the commercial aspect of comics is a subject I might do something with in the future. For now I wanted to focus solely on helping you create a comic.
I already have a comic idea, but I keep getting stuck in the process of making it. Can I use this course to help me with my current comic?
For sure! This course will help you focus your story and will give you new ideas about what steps might have been missing in your process. And, of course, it comes with a Discord server where you can ask fellow comic artists questions about how to proceed, or where you can get feedback.
How will I know the course works for me?
Making a comic takes time and effort. Sometimes a LOT of time and effort. I can’t do the work for you. But the beauty of this course is that it will give you clear to-do’s after each lesson that are designed to help you progress through the comic creation process step by step. If anything, you’ll probably get your comic done faster than if you figure out the entire process by yourself. If you’re not entirely sure, try out the course for 14 days and if you feel like it won’t work for you, email me for a refund.
What is the difference between "how to start a comic" and your other course, "your comic journey?"
The biggest difference is that How to Start a Comic is a self-study course that will help you develop and create your dream comic project. Your Comic Journey is a 10-week mentored course with live feedback sessions that will guide you from blank page to finished short comic in 10 weeks. This comic can only be a few pages long. The comic you will make with How to Start a Comic can be as long as you want and you can do this course at your own pace.