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I teach at various different places around Los Angeles, as well as online, and occasionally in other cities (usually short workshops).  Classes on making comics are hard to come by, but I cover a lot of ground with the array of classes I do. I hope you see something that interests you!

Testimonials

"Jim Higgins has a great story mind. His notes are spot on, and he got me to step up my game in a big way. My story is so much richer for his input.”

 

- Clay Adams, co-writer RED XMAS, Scout Comics

 

"As an editor, Jim has a very strong ability to structure a storyline, develop character and remain enthusiastic and encouraging through to the end of a project. His skills in organizing a book project to completion are unsurpassed. An exhaustive knowledge of cinematic and comics history, as well as, a sharp eye for suggesting creative solutions in drawing, design and composition make him an invaluable asset for any storytelling endeavor."

 

Mary Walter

VFX editor, Cartoonist

 

"Enthusiastic and professional, Jim has been a constant source of entrepreneurial ideas and inspiration, as well as a trusted colleague."

 

Langdon Foss

Freelance artist, illustrator, and designer

 

"Jim is a great teacher and editor with a solid understanding of storytelling and art. I've always found his insights to be objective and helpful in strengthening the work of mine that he's reviewed."

 

Steven Prince

Brand Manager, Writer

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Let's say you're a book editor. You're someone who can read a lot and can see the strengths and high points of a manuscript, the weaknesses and the things that don't work, and everything in between. At some point you started seeing graphic novels popping up in bookstores and reviews, and thought they were an interesting way to publish a book. You think, “I’m a pretty good editor, but I don't know if I’d know how to edit a graphic novel.”

What if you're a comics reader who wants to get into the creative side of the comics world, but you're not a writer our artist?  

 

What is a graphic novel? Is there a difference between comics and graphic novels (the short answer is: not really)? A graphic  novel is the kind of thing that you know when you see one. But how does one get made? What are the steps the creators take and in what order? And you think, “You mean I have to be able to look and assess artwork??”

 

This six-session class will help you be learn how to do that, ane will cover a wide range of topics including the creative side of making a graphic novel, the editing process, and the distribution of the finished book out to the world. You’ll learn the jargon used in the comics biz (You‘ll be able to say things like, “This balloon should be higher up and not go into the gutter.”) We’ll spend a lot of time looking at great comics art, as well as some not-so-great comics art. And you'll get good at seeing the difference between the two. You’ll also read some great graphic novels.

 

When: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 to Wednesday,

April 13, 2022

 

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time

 

Cost: $295

 

This is an online class meeting on Skype. You don’t need to have Skype to be in the class.

 

The class is taught by me, Jim Higgins. I'm a former DC Comics editor and have been in the comics field for over 25 years. I've written comics and screenplays as well. I've taught comics at CalArts, The School of Visual Arts, UCLA, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Otis College of Art and Design, and more. My 12-episode online show, "Crafting Comics with Jim Higgins," was produced by Nerdist. 

 

If you have any questions, email me at jim@newsuit.net.

You can pay with your PayPal account, or with your credit card at the PayPal site as a "guest."

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In this online class, we’ll analyze various comics and films in order to understand some of the tropes, methods, and techniques used to make great horror stories, as well as the reasons behind our desire to be scared. You'll learn about psychological issues that will help you understand the effects of your horror elements on the audience. We'll look at common and interesting themes in horror and how to develop them. And you'll learn how horror can be best used in the structure of your story. 

 

Everyone will work toward finishing a scene-by-scene outline for their story, whether it's a graphic novel, a screenplay, or a shorter comic story. The class will be done in a workshop style, where the students and I will give both critical and positive feedback. I try and create an environment which is supportive, where students feel they can be honest, but that none of the critiques get insulting. The class is ABOUT horror, it's not supposed to BE a horror.

We'll meet live in an online platform TBA. It'll be recorded so that students can re-listen to it later or can listen for the first time if they can’t be in the class live. The class runs for eight sessions.

Dates:  Thursdays, March 10 to April 28, 2022

Time:  5:00pm to 8:00pm Pacific Time

Cost:  $395

Students need to be 18 or older.

Pay with PayPal or credit card here:

SPACE IS LIMITED! To sign up and get the PayPal or Venmo  information, email jim@newsuit.net

The class is taught by me, Jim Higgins. I'm a former DC Comics editor and have been in the comics field for over 25 years. I've writen comics and screenplays as well. I've taught comics at CalArts, The School of Visual Arts, UCLA, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Otis College of Art and Design, and many more places. My 12-episode online show, "Crafting Comics with Jim Higgins," was produced by Nerdist. 

Making Comics!

A Class For Both Writers and Artists

 

Join this weekly workshop where you can accomplish your goals as a comic book writer, artist or both. In the class, participants bring in their work, exchange useful and honest criticism, and share ideas while being led and instructed by an experienced, passionate comics professional. Honest feedback is encouraged as well as support and a focus on what the participant is doing well. The most desired critiques are specific and detailed without being cruel or unnecessarily negative.

Learn the most important aspect of writing — how to structure a story as it relates to the medium of comics and graphic novels. Cartoonists will often take art classes to improve their drawing, but not enough take the time to hone their skills as a writer. In this workshop, writers and cartoonists learn the essential knowledge needed to write a story with interesting characters, an engaging plot, and a satisfying ending. Artists will be given drawing tips, instruction about technique, and examples of work by great masters, new and old, to help with visual storytelling, composition, light and dark, figure work, and other drawing skills. The goal for writer/artists is to have a finished 8 to 10-page minicomic at the end of the classes. The goal for writers is to have a completed script for a 14 to 15-page short comics story. The students have fun and learn at the same time.

  • Dates: TBA

  • Time:  TBA

  • Cost:    $450

  • Students need to be 18 or older to take the classes.

 

SPACE IS LIMITED. Once you sign up, just bring a sketch pad and pencils or a notebook, depending whether or not you’re just writing or writing and drawing to the first class.

To join the class, go HERE:

https://si-la.org/classes/

 Contact  917-488-8669 / jim (at) newsuit.net / © 2021 by JH.  Proudly created with Wix.com