Former DC Comics editor and small alternative comics publisher Jim Higgins is running an eight week online class offered by The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles on Writing Longform Comics, running 1st October – 19th November 2020.
This eight-week class focuses on writing a detailed outline for a graphic novel, a miniseries, or the first story arc of an ongoing series. Any subject matter, any genre, even non-fiction. The story is workshopped in detail, the structure is analysed, and the writer makes final decisions about what’s in and out, all with the aid of the group, finishing with a scene by scene outline.
Jim says there will be lots of discussion of the different facets of the comics market, and where best to pitch the project when it’s ready, as well as how to find artists.
Students finish the class by writing a one-page pitch and a five-page proposal/outline ready to pair up with art and send out to publishers.
The class is $400 and will be online via Zoom for eight Thursdays. Sign up now before it fills up!
Jim Higgins is a former DC Comics editor, small alternative comics publisher, and has taught comics classes and workshops for over 20 years at The School of Visual Arts, and at CalArts, UCLA Extension, Meltdown Comics, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and more. He’s appeared as an expert on comics on ABC News Nightline, BBC Radio, Storage Wars, KPCC Radio, and more.
His show, Crafting Comics with Jim Higgins, is on Amazon Prime.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.