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
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.
The workshop is led by Jim Higgins, who has been a writer and editor in the comics business for over 25 years. He has been a screenwriter and a comics consultant for films. He was an editor and assistant editor at DC Comics in the Paradox Press division (The Big Book of Grimm, Hoaxes, and the ’70s, plus the graphic novels A History of Violence, Road to Perdition, and Stuck Rubber Baby), and is the editor and publisher of New Thing, an international anthology of short comics stories. He taught comic book storytelling for eight years at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and cinema studies at The City University of New York for four and a half. He teaches or has taught classes on writing and drawing comics at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), UCLA Extension Program, Cal State Northridge, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and at Otis College of Art and Design.
The class meets once a week on Mondays from 7:00pm-10:00pm at the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles's space at LA Castle Studios, 154 S. Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA, 91502. Each class runs 12 sessions.
The class is $395 which should be paid by the first session.
The next class starts on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and goes till March 30, 2020 (no classes on Februray 17). You can sign up any time before then.
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: