Introduction to Webcomics
Start your webcomic now.
Gannon Beck and Bryan Richmond will teach you how to start your own webcomic immediately. This course teaches the technologies involved in starting your own online comic, how to build an audience, and how to monetize your work. They’ll explain the successes (and problems!) that they encountered while creating their own ongoing science fiction webcomic–Space Corps.
This class is where the art of comics and technology meet. Don’t let your lack of technical skills discourage you from building a readership for your comics. No publisher is required. Gannon and Bryan will walk you through the entire process, step by step: finding a web host, creating your site, posting images, and building and analyzing web traffic.
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- The class meets Thursdays between 9:00 and 11:00 pm EST for four weeks.
- Gannon Beck and Bryan Richmond (Space Corps) will teach you to get your own webcomics site up and running.
- You’ll receive personalized technical support with any questions you have about your site.
- You also get exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum.
- You’ll have access to recordings of all classes in the series for the duration of the class and a few weeks after its conclusion—so you never have to miss a class!
- Class size is limited to keep it awesome!
Gannon Beck has been a graphic designer and illustrator for nearly 20 years. He is the artist and co-writer for the ongoing webcomic Space Corps, co-creator of the online strip The Big Gap that ran from 1998 until 2004, and performs layout duties on Past the Last Mountain for Th3rd World Studios.
Through his design business OO-RAH.com, Gannon has created designs for over 2,000 military units stationed around the world. Self-employed since the turn of the century, and an e-commerce veteran since 1997, he has years of business and marketing experience.
Bryan Richmond co-writes Space Corps. In addition to comics, he’s written for sketch comedy, animation, and the screen. He’s also contributed content to the children’s educational website Brainzy.com. He has presented panels at both PAX Prime and Nerd Institute on webcomics and online communitybuilding.
Bryan has worked professionally in the information technology industry for 11 years. His background provides an excellent insight into the underlying technologies that bring your favorite webcomics to your screen.
Start posting your webcomics to the Web in no time! Whether you’re a tech junkie or a computer illiterate, Bryan and Gannon will help you get your site (and your comics!) up and running.
I’ve never created a website. How am I supposed to learn this stuff in four weeks?
This class is specifically targeted towards beginners. The class will walk you through each step of the process. You’ll be able to watch Gannon and Bryan create a new website from scratch. Each step will be fully explained along the way.
What software/web host will be used for the course?
Our course is specifically focused on setting up WordPress on a GoDaddy host. We also will be setting up the WordPress plug-in ComicEasel, which is the latest iteration of ComicPress, the most popular webcomics environment on the web today.
What is IP/DNS/FTP/HTML/CSS/RSS?
By the end of this class, you’ll be familiar with all of those acronyms.
What do I do after the class?
After the class, you will know the ins and outs of your new site. In addition, you will have the skills to make updates, change the look of your site, perform backups and maintenance, and diagnose security problems should they arise.
What else will we be doing?
In addition to talking with Gannon and Bryan during the class sessions—and they are recorded if you have to miss one or more—you’ll also have exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum where your class can meet online 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the course.
The forum is where you’ll be able to ask questions, make comments, and make suggestions. Given the technical nature of the course, step-by-step documentation will also be provided for everything discussed in the sessions.
What if I don’t currently make a comic?
Now’s the perfect time to start! This course is not an art class. If you want to start writing and drawing your own comic (or team up with a classmate), this is a great opportunity to do so.
If you simply want to learn the process of the site setup, sample comic pages or strips can be provided for you. Or just draw stick figures! It works for XKCD.com.
Do I need to be a computer wiz for the class?
Nope. Not one bit. You need to have high-speed Internet access. We recommend that you have headphones with a microphone to plug into your computer, but that’s by no means necessary. Ultimately, you don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, though we like hearing your voice!
It’s simple. Once you’re in your first class, we’re sure you’ll get comfortable very quickly.
What computer programs do I need for this course?
An FTP client like Filezilla will be required for the class. Oh, and a web browser, any one will do, but having multiple browsers (like Chrome, Safari, Firefox) installed will help for testing your site later in the course.
What about website hosting?
This course will require an account with Godaddy to register your web domain name and host your new website. Web hosting through Godaddy will cost around $6.99 per month depending on the options you select when purchasing the domain.
When does the class meet and for how long?
The Webcomics course meets once a week for four weeks. It meets between 9:00 pm Eastern Time and 11:00 pm Eastern Time on Thursdays. The course is held live and online.
What if I miss a class?
All of our classes are recorded and available to view via streaming link for the duration of the course. And on top of that, you’ll have exclusive access to the Comics Experience forum set up just for the class. You’ll be able to interact with the rest of your class all week long at any time!
If I don’t live in the United States, can I still take the course?
You bet. We’ve had students jump in from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America. Not Antarctica yet, but give us time! Some of these students have not been able to attend live, but they’ve viewed the recordings and interacted with their classmates online.
If I don’t want a career in comics, and just like making comics or even just want to learn more about the art form I love, is this class right for me?
Sure it is! How better to expand your knowledge and understanding of comics than by engaging with creators? And that’s what most of our students are—they’re creators. It’s a great place to learn just for fun if you wish too. We’d love to have you!
How do I sign up?
Click on the PayPal button and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to get started with the course.
There simply is no better webcomics course offered—on the Internet or live. If you want to make comics for fun or become a pro, your comics career starts here. Go ahead and reserve your spot today! Space is limited.
In order to complete the work, the following system requirements are recommended:
- An FTP client (we recommend Filezilla)
- High speed Internet connection (wired instead of wireless is recommended but not necessary)
- We also recommend using headphones with a microphone, but also not necessary
To set up your webcomics site you will need:
- A GoDaddy account (this will be used to register your domain and host your site; your site through GoDaddy will cost around $6.99 a month, depending on the options chosen)
- A free WordPress account