The Guts and Glory of Indie Comics

The Guts and Glory of Indie Comics

Who: Fionn McCabe & Ben Juers
Saturday 5 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Early and emerging writers/cartoonists will benefit most, though cartoonists that are familiar with the material may enjoy and benefit from this as well.

Learn or expand your understanding of making and reading indie and alternative comics. We’ll start by discussing and deconstructing particularly innovative works. Using techniques gleaned from each example, we’ll engage in creative exercises that generate various types of imagery and stories. We also discuss methods of dynamic storytelling, matching images and words, pacing, and drawing technique. Exercises will aim to generate and refine ideas, teach self-editing, and include various kinds of drawing and group collaborations, culminating in the creation of a short comic.

This workshop will counter preconceptions about comics being confined to certain genres, and will encourage participants to understand and experiment with different ways to tell visual narratives. There are incredible things happening in the burgeoning genre of indie comics and, over the past ten years, comics have been recognized internationally through book awards, design and art awards, and high school and university curriculum as a singular form of literature. Overall, this workshop will encourage creators (writers, artists, cartoonists) to roll up their sleeves and dig into the inner workings of comics.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • New exercises and resources for story generation.
  • A broader knowledge of the comics medium.
  • New drawing and image making techniques.

Participant Requirements
Participants will be expected to write and draw, individually and in a group. Experience drawing/cartooning is beneficial, but definitely not required. There are many, many ways to make a good comic; don’t worry about inexperience, just be interested and willing to participate.

Participants must bring their own pencils, erasers, preferred pen/ink and whatever else they want to work with. Paper will be provided.

About the tutors
Fionn McCabe
has run workshops and classes on collaborative art making in the USA between 2008 and 2013, most notably at the Visual Art Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Indian Mountain School in Connecticut. As well as co-teaching a handful of comics and storytelling workshops this summer, he also works as a tutor/demonstrator in the visual communications department at UTS.

Ben Juers is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in the Lifted Brow, Australian Book Review, Advice Comics and Seizure. He currently teaches at the University of Sydney where he’s been a casual tutor for the last four years, and has also taught indigenous high school students in week-long comics workshop at the University of Technology. He’s also the co-art editor at the Lifted Brow, and a co-organiser of the annual Other Worlds zine fair.


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