The List Of Classes
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The college is actually a virtual set of classes.  I teach in various different places around Los Angeles, as well as online, and occasionally in other cities (usually short workshops).  So The Jim Higgins College of Comics is the one stop shopping place to find out where to enroll in my classes on comics, writing, and art.

The list of classes is to the right, with the start dates, places they're at, and links to sign up.  If the start date has passed, that means the next class isn't scheduled yet.  Hope you see something that interests you!

More classes listed below          
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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:  Wednesdays, December 1 to January 19, 2022

Time:  5:00pm to 8:00pm Pacific Time

Cost:  $350

Students need to be 18 or older.

SPACE IS LIMITED! To sign up and get the PayPal or Venmo  information, email

The class is taught by Jim Higgins, who has been a writer and editor in the comics business for over 25 years. He has also been a screenwriter and a comics consultant for films.  He was an editor and assistant editor at DC Comics in the Paradox Press division and is the editor and publisher of New Thing, an international anthology of short comics stories. He taught comics writing and drawing at The School of Visual Arts and cinema studies at The City University of New York. He teaches or has taught classes on writing and drawing comics at CalArts, UCLA Extension Program, Meltdown University at Meltdown Comics, Cal State Northridge, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and at Otis College of Art and Design.

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: Monday November 1 to January 17, 2022

  • Time:  Mondays from 5:00pm-8:00pm Pacific timeonline 

  • 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:

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