ALSO SEE: Before Your Comics Workshop | Facilities | Book Orders

Basic COMICS WORKSHOP tools:

REMOTE STUDENTS: I’ll assume you have the MUST HAVEs! The NICE TO HAVEs are, well, nice… You get it.

ONSITE HOST TEACHERS: You probably have the basic MUST HAVE & NICE TO HAVE tools in your classroom… If you’d like ME to bring specific tools, please fill out the: Materials Prep Form >>

(The product links below take you to external sites that I use to order my own supplies.)


“MUST HAVES”:

NOTE: Please let Marek know ahead of time if you won’t be able to provide any of these tools at your event.

  • PAPER: Standard copier/printer paper, 8.5″x11″ (A3) …
    (best to have a whole ream handy).
    WARNING: Pens & markers will bleed through standard paper, so we draw on ONLY ONE SIDE of each sheet.
  • PENCILS & ERASERS: 1 per student

Flair Felt-Tip Pens

These provide a controlled, variable line with good solid black coverage.  They dry quickly, and they’re washable, too. These pens (and the markers below) are MUCH easier to use than brushes & nibs & bottles of ink — especially for younger artists. ( order from DickBlick.com >>… )
REMEMBER: Order BLACK pens for inking comics.
TIP: Order a box of 1 dozen pens to get a better price.
SUGGESTED #s:  1 pen for every 1-2 students OR 2-4 classroom sets total (of 2 dozen pens each)

Feel free to use any other kind of artistic (black ink) pen you’re comfortable with.


“NICE TO HAVES”:

These supplies are handy, if you happen to have them in your supply closet…

Dick Blick Water-Based Markers

These have an excellent chisel-tip, which enables young artists to both fill areas and start exploring line weight with a very controlled instrument. They also dry quickly and wash easily.  WE USE ONLY THE BLACK MARKERS, but they do come in other colors…. ( Order from DickBlick.com >>)
SUGGESTED #:  Same as pens… OR somewhat fewer.

  • RULERS: Ideally 1″ wide; we may use them to mark off panel borders & draw straight lines. // SUGGESTED #:  1 per every 2-4 students
  • CLIPBOARDS: Useful if not all students are at desks/tables.
  • SCISSORS + PAPERCLIPS + other standard office supplies…

“ALSO USED”:

These items are very USEFUL, but not at all necessary…

Long Arm Stapler

= a great investment for creative projects! // SUGGESTED #:  Not necessary, but useful! (Your local art room or library may already have one.)

  • CARDSTOCK: This is extra-thick paper (like bristol board, only cheaper). Your markers won’t bleed through, & it makes really sturdy booklets.
    WARNING: This thicker, heavier paper can be harder to print/photocopy on.
  • 11×17 / A4 PAPER: This size provides a great big surface for drawing!
  • CLIPS/BINDERS: Anything to keep those pages organized…
  • 2-POCKET FOLDERS: These help artists organize & protect works in progress. // SUGGESTED #:  1 per student


Facilities/Materials Suggested:

READINGS/AUTHOR VISITS:

  • digital projector
  • extension cords / power strips
  • blank projection surface (wall, screen, whiteboard, etc.)
  • display paper + easel

WORKSHOPS & CLASSROOM VISITS:

  • digital projector + cart (for easy transport between classrooms)
  • blank copier paper
  • basic comics tools (either for the school, or for individual artists to take home after the workshop)

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