Comic Art

5 Week Online Course | Instructor: Phillip Sevy

Comics Storytelling Masterclass

This advanced class meets online once a week for two hours and lasts five weeks. It’s an intensive course of study focused on breaking the mold of more traditional grid layout storytelling while digging underneath the surface of your art to find ways to add more emotion and meaning to your ideas. During the course, you’ll take your foundation in visual storytelling and be introduced to successful methods of pushing the medium.

As you can see in numerous comics on the shelves, there isn’t just one way to draw a comic. While most comics use basic techniques to communicate their story, many comics break that mold and still provide visually stimulating stories that emotionally connect with readers. You can only get a course this comprehensive and personal at Comics Experience!

Prerequisite: You must have completed the Introduction to Visual Storytelling course to enroll in the Advanced class.

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  • You will work with professional comic book artist Phillip Sevy.
  • You will ink a 3-page story and complete a finished cover.
  • You will keep a sketch thread throughout the course to practice the skills discussed in class and provide a place for further instruction and critiques.
  • Course covers unorthodox storytelling methods, establishing mood and environment through page layouts.
  • You’ll have frequent opportunities for Q and A with the instructor about industry topics beyond creating artwork.
  • You’ll also learn about networking and presenting portfolios for editorial review.
  • You have exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum.
  • You’ll have access to recordings of any class in the series for the duration of the class and a few weeks after its conclusion—so you never have to miss a class!
  • Simply click on the PayPal button and you’re enrolled.

Phillip Sevy began his comics career with Heartless Dark, a weekly webcomic he wrote, penciled, inked, and colored. At its conclusion, Phillip attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he got his MFA in Sequential Art. Working primarily as an artist, he’s had work published by Zenescope, Hic & Hoc Publications, and SCAD as well as featured in a variety of anthologies. After completing the four-issue miniseries The F1rst Hero for Action Lab Entertainment, he was named a runner-up in the 2013 Top Cow Talent Hunt competition.

For Top Cow, he drew the Magdalena short story Adelphia (which appeared in an issue of Witchblade) which led to him drawing the IXth Generation one-shots Athena IX and Poseidon IX and issues 5-8 of The Tithe (with series co-creator Rahsan Ekedal) as well as contributing to Witchblade 185 (the final issue of the landmark series).

Phillip completed a 12-issue run on the Tomb Raider ongoing series from Dark Horse Comics, written by Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki. His creator-owned miniseries The House (with Drew Zucker) is on Comixology and his creator-owned oneshot Paradox is now available in stores, as is his sci-fi miniseries Triage through Dark Horse, which was written, drawn, inked AND colored by Phillip (with letters by Frank Cvetkovic).

Phillip’s worked with a variety of corporate clients doing commercial illustration over the last few years, including AMC Entertainment and the Sundance Channel. When he’s not drawing, he teaches Comics and Sequential Art at Broadview Entertainment Arts University where he’s won awards for Outstanding Faculty and Excellence in Applied Learning.

Do I need to know a whole lot about comics?

Absolutely not. But this course is based on the methodology taught in the Introduction to Comics Art course, so you must have taken that course to take this one. The class has a quick pace, so if you’re very new, be prepared to work, but one thing we pride ourselves on at Comics Experience is our ability to teach to an individual’s skill level.

These courses aren’t about the instructor, and that’s why we keep them small. We have an excellent track record with our students or clients, and it’s our top aim to keep it that way. So, new to comics? Come on in, we’d love to show you around! Old pro? Let’s sharpen those skills and learn a few new tricks! Everyone’s welcome, and the group learning will help everyone improve!

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. There are call in options for the phone or you can use regular headphones and your computer mic. 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?

None are an absolute necessity, however a scanner and editing program like Adobe Photoshop (Elements or full program) are very useful in posting your homework to the course message board so your instructor can critique them. We have had students simply take photos of their work and post that way as well.

When does the class meet and for how long?

The Advanced Comic Art class meets once a week for five  weeks. It meets between 9:30 pm EST and 11:30 pm EST. The course is held live.

What if I miss a class?

Don’t worry if you 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 message board 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, South America, and Africa. Not Antarctica yet, but give us time! Many of these students have not been able to attend live, and they’ve all been happy to view the recordings and interact with the classmates online!

Learning about comic storytelling is great, but do we get any practical industry advice?

You’ll get a LOT of practical industry advice. Networking is one of our main topics in all of our courses. It’s, simply put, essential for anyone who wants a career in comics. We discuss relationship building and ways to get your foot in the door and where to go to meet the right people and so on.

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 clients and 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!

What do I do after the class?

Once the course is over, you’ll have a greater foundation of understanding on how to tell stories visually. It is then up to you to find comic scripts or write stories to continue to push yourself artistically and improve your craft. Comics are a unique artistic medium that can push how stories are told with still images. The art can be as simple as a single image, a traditional grid format, or even as complex as free form layouts that accentuate the action of every panel.

The boundaries of visual storytelling are only expanded when artists push themselves and their art to experiment with the medium. A way to continue working on your storytelling methods and receive instruction and feed back is through the Creator’s Workshop.

How do I sign up?

Click on the PayPal button for this course and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to get started with the course.

Go ahead and reserve your spot today! Space is limited.

I don’t really want to BE a comic book artist, but I like comic book art. Is this the class for me?

You are under no real pressure to complete the active homework assignments. We encourage that you do because it enhances your own learning. But if you just want to get into the mindset or gain a better understanding of how to look at and evaluate the art you see in your hobby, then jump on in and I think you’ll be astounded by all the thought, preparation, and skill that goes into make a rock solid comic book page.

Prerequisite: You must have completed the Introduction to Visual Storytelling course to enroll in the Advanced class.

To participate in our live online sessions you will need:

  • A computer or mobile device that meets Adobe Connect’s minimum requirements
  • to agree to the terms included in Comics Experience’s User Agreement.
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Headphones/ear buds with microphone (optional, but strongly suggested)
  • A mind like a sponge!

Yo Kuri

“Phillip Sevy is the rare combination of being a phenomenal professional comic book artist (check out his work on Triage!), a fantastic instructor and a great guy. He is a skilled and experienced teacher for any level of artist. Phillip is kind, humble and understanding, while being analytical, critical and demanding and committed to having every student in his class improve. Every student gets a ton of personalized instruction; Phillip gives deeply insightful feedback in every class and is very responsive to questions in between classes.

I absolutely LOVED Phillip’s classes at CE. I took 3 courses with him and saw dramatic improvements in my storytelling and page composition in a very short period of time. These classes saved me many years of effort; I levelled up much more quickly than I would have been able to on my own. I witnessed similar levels of development in other students that I shared classes with. He is a great teacher and you will definitely improve if you apply yourself.

This is a great value. You are learning everything that would be taught at a full-time sequential art program for a much lower price. The courses at CE fit well into any schedule, as they meet online, once a week, and at night. I am not a professional artist. I work over 60 hours a week in a demanding day job, yet I had no problem attending the weekday class meeting and completing the coursework on the weekend.

This review is not BS. I have never felt compelled to write a testimonial for anything. I feel very strongly that you will get a lot out of this class or any others that you might take at CE. This positive experience with CE was not limited to Phillip’s classes. I took 2 writing classes with Andy and Paul and 1 coloring class with Soto that were fantastic.

I think that anyone who likes to read comics should take Phillip’s or Andy’s intro classes. Even if you have no intention of being a professional artist or writer, your appreciation of the medium and the craft involved in creating pages (and your enjoyment of reading comics) will definitely increase by understanding the core principles of visual storytelling that they teach.

I highly recommend Phillip Sevy as an instructor and CE in general. You can see my art @yokuri72art on Instagram.”

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