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Comix 101 (In Person)

Combining words and pictures, comic art is a medium that can tell stories like no other!  Comix 101 will lay out the basic principles of what makes a comic work, from speech bubbles to panel layouts.  Although comics can seem simple at first, comic art is a vast and diverse medium, and this class serves as an introduction to the practice.  Students can expect to learn how to take their ideas from initial concept to completion, learning the traditional workflow that comic artists have used since before the digital age. We will be moving from thumbnails, to pencil sketches, inked drawings, and finally full-color, lettered pages.  Students will also learn about cartoonists from across history, ranging from Sunday funnies creators, to mangaka (manga artists), to graphic novelists. By the end of the class students will have an original comic of their own creation to share with the world!

Schedule: Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm
Session Dates: Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13
Ages: 12+

  • Tuition: $420
  • Location: Kala Gallery and Classroom
  • Instructor: Gaia WXYZ
  • 5 Classes
  • Saturday, October 16, 2021 — November 13, 2021
  • 1:30PM — 4:30 PM PDT
  • Materials fee included with tuition


About the Instructor:

Gaia WXYZ @gaiaw.xyz (pronounced “wize”) is a multimedia creator who specializes in visual art, specificallycomics. Last year they earned an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts, and appeared in the award-winning documentary No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics. Art has been the major motivating force in their life, concocting characters and storylines in sketchbooks from an early age. Though they have skills in a variety of media, including printmaking, painting, design, sculpture, photography, installation and performance art, Gaia has focused their talent to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a published comic artist.