Comics Camp 2020

Comics Camp 2020 is ONLINE!

Drawing + storytelling + creative projects —
Keep your IMAGINATION roaring all summer long!
Join now, participate when you want, pay what you can…

Through our partnership with Kimball-Jenkins, you can now select “Comics Camp” as one of your KJ camp options! (Ages 6-16).

Pay what you can per month = gets you the password to the COMICS CAMP Clubhouse + email updates & invites (+ books by mail + tee shirts, &c. …)

Looks like Rabbit’s ready to go!
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COMICS CAMP OVERVIEW
(June-August)

(Specific features & schedules may change a bit as the season approaches.)


LIVE-DRAW w/ MAREK!

Weekly interactive lessons to intro skills & activities for the week via live video (probably Sunday-Monday, schedule TBD). Participate live, and/or view the archived videos on your own schedule.

COMICS WORKSHOP TUTORIALS

Get access to Marek’s growing playlist of cartooning/self-publishing tutorials. You can use these brief, fun lessons as needed, to review topics & build new skillz…

UPDATES & INVITES

Get all the reminders & links for additional public LIVE EVENTS — mostly weekly, sometimes daily. These Summer Reading Programs help artists share ideas & inspiration all summer long…

FEEDBACK & ENCOURAGEMENT!

Get positive artist-to-artist project feedback & planning help from Marek (& other artists). Share your artwork in our Comics Camp ARTIST GALLERY. Keep drawing all summer long with support of the entire COMICS CAMP community…

PRINTABLES & MORE

← ALSO: COMICS CAMPERS get a front-row seat for Marek’s current graphic novel project, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby VOL. 3.

To get started today:

COMICS CAMP (& Marek’s Patreon) is an all-ages inclusive workshop environment. If you are under 18, please register & participate via a parent/guardian’s account.


WEEKLY TOPIC SCHEDULE (PREVIEW)

This outline may change a bit as summer approaches… We’ll definitely make some adjustments when we see what everybody’s working on in camp! ~ M

JUNE:
Cartooning 101

Start the summer with a sampling of cartooning styles, plus basic self-publishing skills you can use all season.

  • Week of 7 June: Blobs, Panels, & Stories…
  • 14 June: Eyeballs Vs. Stick Figures!
  • 21 June: Rabbits Vs. Monsters!
  • 28 June: Mini-Comics 101

JUNE PRINTABLE PACK: Poster + new minis + other surprises…

JULY:
Imagine OUR Story…

July is all about drawing stories (& story ideas) from the world around us — from auto-bio to fiction & fantasy, w/ updates on Marek’s latest graphic novel projects!

  • 5 July: Diary Comics
  • 12 July: Mini-Project Week!
  • 19 July: Family Stories
  • 26 July: Songs, Poems, & Forgotten Letters

JULY ACTION PACK: Fold & make your own mini-comic books of new artwork by campers & Marek… + Marek’s new graphic novel, Sharjah Sketchbook!

AUGUST:
Graphic Novel Month!

To finish the summer, we’ll look at ways to produce, publish, & share our work, including setting goals & managing your own project (daily strip, mini-comic, graphic novella, etc.).

  • 2 August: Self-publishing overview
  • 9 August: Mini-Comics Intensive
  • 16 August: Digital Skillz (scanning, format, layout…)
  • 23 August: Graphic novels, print-on-demand, etc.

(End-of-Summer Publishing Party = T.B.A.!)

AUGUST ACTION PACK: Poster + minis + Comics Camp 2020 Anthology?? (TBA)

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Video/Tech: Campers must have access to a computer (w/ webcam) + internet connection.

Tools & Materials (or substitute similar materials you already have)

Time: Work whenever you can! Join the live events AND/OR access archived video. Design your own project, & we’ll support you as you work at your own pace.

Age Range: All ages welcome! Lessons & videos & public sharing will all be aimed at an elementary-middle school age range. Family members & friends are welcome to join


QUESTIONS?:

(Q) But what will we DO at Comics Camp?

We’ll do lots of demos & answer all your comics questions, plus we have a few structured activities you can try — but mostly, you can use our lesson time & your own independent work time to MAKE ORIGINAL COMICS featuring the stories that only YOU can tell!

You can work when & how you like — & get any feedback you need from Marek & your fellow campers.

(Q) What kinds of comics are we talking about here?

ALL kinds of comics — whatever you’re most excited to dream up & work on! Here’s an example of one of Marek’s demo projects:

(Don’t worry, we’ll go a much slower during our lessons… This video shows my hands drawing @ 12x speed!!)

(Q) What kinds of tools & art supplies will I need?

You can join the lessons with any kind of paper, pencil, & black-ink pen. Everything else is optional! See TOOLS & MATERIALS for more info & ordering links

(Q) What have past COMICS CAMPS been like?

To get a sense of COMICS CAMP’s collaborative, creative group spirit (& awesome output), check out this post from COMICS CAMP @ the Currier Art Center, Summer 2019!
(Also, 2018 = here!)

Yes, Greta might make an appearance this summer, too...

We’re looking forward to drawing with you all summer long!

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