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
(Specific features & schedules may change a bit as the season approaches.)
LIVE-DRAW w/ MAREK!
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
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…
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!
To finish the summer, we’ll zero in on extended projects, & learn how to produce, publish, & share our work, including setting goals & managing your own project (daily strip, mini-comic, graphic novella, etc.).
- 2 August: Poetry Comics & More, Part 2
- 9 August: Self-publishing overview
- 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
(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...