This Tuesday, May 7th at 1:00pm Eastern Time, both Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera and former Marvel and IDW Editor Andy Schmidt will be holding a #makecomics “TweetChat” discussing comic art, the use of design in storytelling, and more.
A TweetChat is a planned, live event and anyone using twitter can join in — simply follow Paolo, Andy, or the #makecomics hashtag on Twitter. Bring your #makecomics questions, especially those related to design and storytelling…
Andy: @ComicExperience (no “s” on “Comic”)
The TweetChat is part of the lead-up to Paolo’s one-day, live streaming course on The Art of Design and Comic Book Storytelling. on Saturday, May 18, 2013
The course will be held from 10:00am until approximately 4:00pm Eastern Time, with a one-hour break for lunch.
This is a one-time only opportunity to learn from a modern master of the comic art form! Paolo will be teaching you how to use design techniques–from script to finished page–to create more intense, dynamic, and thrilling comics.
Rivera’s work is influencing an entire generation of comic creators right now as more creators focus on page design and panel composition as storytelling components, a trail blazed by Rivera.
“This seminar is about the true heart of comics: creating a narrative through visual means,” Paolo said.
“The fundamental ideas can be understood by anyone who can see.
“In fact, the universality of vision is what allows our readers to make such fantastic leaps of logic, turning static images into lives lived.”
While graphic design will be the primary focus, Paolo adds that, in this context, this doesn’t mean typefaces and serifs, but rather “how people see.”
“Once we have a working knowledge of the visual process,” Paolo said, “we can use it to direct and foster attention.
“Contrast is key, and I hope to show how its many dimensions can be utilized to convey meaning efficiently – and tell a great story.”
In addition to artists, this day-long seminar is open to all comics creators and fans, from writers who want to consider design at the script stage to color artists, letterers, and more.
All are welcome for this live, online streaming session, and there are no pre-requisite courses.
Along with Rivera, former Marvel and IDW Editor Andy Schmidt will co-host the day’s event, and the course will include a Q&A from the audience.
Rivera has graced the pages of dozens of Marvel Comics over the years and has constantly been evolving his art–starting as a painter, doing painted comics, and evolving into a line art style that recently earned him an Eisner Award along with Mark Waid for Daredevil #7.
Rivera’s laid-back manner, and deep knowledge of comics storytelling as well as graphic design and color theory make him the ideal creator for teaching this Master Seminar.
If you want to make comics, write, draw, letter, and color comics, or improve as a comics creator, you’ll find like-minded friends and colleagues in our online workshops and courses. We hope to see you there!