NEW ONLINE COURSE STARTS MONDAY, NOV. 5th: “WRITING COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS,” TAUGHT BY DANNY FINGEROTH

WRITING COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS
6 SESSION ONLINE COURSE w DANNY FINGEROTH
MONDAYS, NOV 5 THROUGH DEC 17
[No class November 19]
7:00 PM-9:00 PM, East Coast US time

Fore more info and to register:

http://dannyfingeroth.com/online-classes/

The class is limited to seven students. Register now!
STUDY FROM ANYWHERE!
TUITION: Register by October 15: $450
Register after October 15: $475
[No drawing skill required]
In this unique online workshop format–using simple, free, video-conferencing–comics writer/editor Danny Fingeroth teaches you how to develop your story from initial idea to finished script. Story and character development are covered, as well as script creation. Other topics will include finding the right artist to draw your story and navigating the ever-changing state of the world of comics publishing.This online version of Danny’s famous writing courses will provide you with instructions on the general and fine points of comics writing, as well as assigned reading of milestones of the medium, assignments to do during and between sessions, and interactive critiques and suggestions by Danny and your fellow students.

This online class is designed to be as simple as possible to register and participate in. If you’re reading this sentence, you have the computer skills necessary to join the class.

“I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Danny as both a writer and an editor, and I can think of no finer teacher of the art and craft of writing comics books than Danny Fingeroth! Those enrolled in any class given by him should listen very carefully, take notes, and count yourselves lucky that you have Danny as a teacher.” – HOWARD MACKIE, Marvel and DC Comics writer and editor

“Danny Fingeroth’s class in How to Write Comics and Graphic Novels is the most fun you can have learning a skill from one of the top prose in the business.” –NICKY WHEELER-NICHOLSON, granddaughter of DC Comics founder, MALCOLM WHEELER-NICHOLSON

“Danny has put his decades of experience and hard-won skill in the comics industry to work training the next generation of comic-book writers. Having participated in his online class, I can tell you that Danny delivers. If a would-be comic book writer is looking for a class on how to do it right, I strongly recommend taking Danny’s online class.” – DREW BITTNER, WildStorm and Chaos! writer and editor

“Danny’s workshops are a fast-paced, mind-expanding experience for anyone aspiring to successful comic writing. In only four sessions, we went from developing an idea to a completed ten-page comic script in professional format, learning the essential steps in this development process. We also received the hidden bonus of a wealth of knowledge in comics history and publication, advice on further reading, and access to Danny’s fantastic instructional articles. The combination of individual critique and advice from Danny, interaction with other students, and focused homework produces excellent results. You walk away from Danny’s workshops with results: a honed, properly formatted script and the tools to make your future comics concepts a reality.” – HANNAH MEANS-SHANNON, comics scholar and journalist

NEW! COMICS CLASSES IN NYC START WEDS JULY 25: BILL (Zippy) GRIFFITH THIS WEDS 7/25; FINGEROTH AUG 6-9

BILL GRIFFITH AND DANNY FINGEROTH TEACH COMICS IN NYC THIS SUMMER

Danny Fingeroth is pleased to announce two summer classes originally scheduled to take place at MoCCA will now be held at The Soho Gallery for Digital Art.

The classes:

WEDS JULY 25:

MASTER CLASS with BILL GRIFFITH: GRIFFY’S TOP 40 LIST ON COMICS AND THEIR CREATION:

and

 MON-THURS AUGUST 6-9:

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVEL WRITING: 4-DAY INTENSIVE with DANNY FINGEROTH

For info and to register:

http://sohodigart.com/Calendar.html

Classes will be held at: Soho Gallery For Digital Art

138 Sullivan Street (between Houston and Prince)

New York, NY 10014

212-228-2810

About the classes:

MASTER CLASS with BILL GRIFFITH:GRIFFY’S TOP 40 LIST ON COMICS AND THEIR CREATION:

The Daily Life of a Working Cartoonist: Pencilling, Inking and Making People Laugh, Maybe.

Single session: Wednesday July 25, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

TUITION:

Early bird special: Register by July 23: $50

Register after July 23: $60

Subjects discussed by legendary comix creator BILL GRIFFITH in this class will be: Creating a cast of characters (one of which may be yourself) and learning the language of comics (writing, humor, pacing, finding your voice, understanding panel and page composition  as well as  specific hints on drawing in pen & ink).

Attendees may bring photocopies of a small sample of their work, which Bill will  critique after the class via email. There will also be a question and answer period at the end of the class. Feel free to ask anything except how to draw superheroes.

 BILL GRIFFITH is the creator of the “Zippy the Pinhead” daily comic strip, seen in over 150 newspapers and newspaper websites. “Zippy” has been nationally-syndicated since 1986, by the first and oldest comics syndicate, King Features. Griffith got his start in the underground comics scene in New York and San Francisco in 1969, contributing to dozens of comic books and magazines throughout the last four decades. Fantagraphics Books has just published a collection of Griffith’s early underground work, Bill Griffith: Lost and Found: Comics 1969-2003.

 

COMICS WRITING INTENSIVE:
Write a comics script in 4 DAYS!

Instructor: DANNY FINGEROTH

[for students with comics writing experience]

Monday August 6 through Thursday August 9

6:00 PM-9:30 PM each night

TUITION:

Early bird special: Register by July 31st:$395

Register after July 31st: $425 

This hands-on, intensive course assumes students already have some mastery of the fundamentals of comics and graphic novel scriptwriting. Over the course of one full day and three nights, students will write a complete comics script.

In the first session, we hit the ground running and work our way through a week in which story ideas/scripts are pitched, thoughtfully critiqued by the instructor and the other students, and revised. These focused workshop sessions are interspersed with relevant lectures and practical answers to students’ questions.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed (although not necessarily published) at least one comics script.

 

NOTES:

(1) Please come to the first class with springboards (one-paragraph ideas) for three stories. Each student chooses one as his or her class project.

 (2) Instructor will provide a printer and printing paper, but students must bring their own laptops or other writing devices and e-mail capacity or thumb drive to send work to our computer. 

 DANNY FINGEROTH was the longtime group editor of Marvel’s Spider-Man line and the writer of comics including Darkhawk and Deadly Foes of Spider-Man. He has taught comics writing at NYU, The New School, Media Bistro, and at The MiMaster Institute in Milan, Italy. Danny created and edited Write Now magazine, the only how-to publication dedicated to comics writing and writers. He is the author of The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and co-author (with artist Mike Manley) of How to Create Comics from Script to Print. He’s also written the books Superman on the Couch and Disguised as Clark Kent. His latest book, The Stan Lee Universe (from TwoMorrows), co-edited with Roy Thomas, is about the life and career of the writer who changed comics forever. Danny was Sr VP of Education at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) and is on the board of directors of the Institute for Comics Studies.

[Danny will be speaking on the Life and Art of comics legend Will Eisner (and on other topics) at the upcoming People of the (Comic) Book weekend at The Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center on August 10-12. Details at: http://isabellafreedman.org/comicbooks]

Classes held at

Soho Gallery For Digital Art

138 Sullivan Street (between Houston and Prince)

New York, NY 10014

212-228-2810

For more information on these courses, and to register, call 212-228-2810 or go to

http://sohodigart.com/Calendar.html

 

Soho Gallery For Digital Art is a multi-purpose event space, art gallery and theater.

We are located at 138 Sullivan Street btwn Houston and Prince. The gallery is 2000 sq. feet on 2 floors with 16 40″ digital canvases that can be customized for any event as well as projector and screen in our 75-seat theater downstairs.

Centrally located in an iconic NYC neighborhood, SGDA has hosted all types of events; company parties, corporate meetings, product launches, film screenings, film shoots, art shows, fashion shows, theatrical performances and special occasions.

If you can dream it, we can do it.

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NEW DATES! My online comics writing class starts Wednesday May 23rd!

NEW DATES: MY ONLINE COMICS WRITING COURSE STARTS WEDS MAY 23rd!   http://dannyfingeroth.com/online-classes/

NEW-NEW DATES!!! The first session of my online writing comics class has been postponed to WEDS MAY 23rd at 7 PM East Coast US time. If you’ve ever wanted to study comics writing [no art skills required] in a supportive but challenging setting, this is the course for you! You can get more info (and sign up) at: http://dannyfingeroth.com/online-classes/

MoCCAfest 2012

If you didn’t make it to the MoCCA Fest Saturday, I hope you’ll come by Sunday. A swirl of creativity. I’m at table G2 which I’m sharing with Gary Hallgren, famous for The Air Pirates and much more. Then I’m interviewing Gary on a panel at 4:15.

 

This past Tuesday’s Gahan Wilson Master Class at MoCCA

This past Tuesday night, April 17th, MoCCA was the venue for the long-awaited Master Class in Cartooning by the amazing GAHAN WILSON of NatLamp, Playboy, Nuts, and New Yorker fame. Gahan spent a couple of hours speaking with eager students lucky enough to have signed up for the class. It was an astonishing couple of hours. I thank Gahan for taking the time to do the class. He’s brilliant and hilariously funny–not unlike his work. [Photo Credit: Rick Parker]

 

COMIC NEW YORK

I had the privilege of being, along with Karen Green and Jeremy Dauber, one of the organizers of last weekend’s “Comic New York” two-day symposium at Columbia University. The weekend turned out even better than I dared hope. Thanks to everyone who participated and attended. Here’s a link to some great coverage and photos from Philip Turner, who was covering the event for Publishers Weekly, as well:
http://www.philipsturner.com/2012/03/29/comics-york-city-a-beautiful-friendship/

The PW version, with different photos by Jody Culkin and Calvin Reid:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/comics/article/51268-comics-new-york-city-and-history-at-columbia–s-low-library.html

Seeya later today (Sat) at Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace! Come say hi at my Artist Alley table. I’ll have copies of The Stan Lee Universe for sale. And Stan Lee is the con guest of honor, so if you can get to one of his autograph sessions, you might want to have him sign one: http://www.nycbm.com/

More bloggin’ soon…!

The First Blog Post

Okay, here’s my website’s first blog post, which, as required by tradition, if not law, is here to announce it’s the first blog post. So now that that’s out of the way…

Welcome to my website. This blog is where I can stop referring to myself in the third person like I do on the rest of the site. What a relief.

Anyway, after all these years of threatening to do it, I finally have a website I can call my very own. It’s the place to find out (if it matters to you) the cool and groovy things I’ve been up to and have planned for the future. Please let me know what you’d like to see that isn’t on the site yet.

[And if you’re wondering why you should care that I have either a site or a blog, then there’s certainly enough info about me on the site that you can decide if this is indeed where you want to be. Hope you decide that it’s worth you time to stick around and to come back regularly.]

The website is also a place where you can take online classes with me, starting with the 5-session, realtime comics writing course that starts Weds April 25 at 7 PM east coast US time. Click here to find out details.

Over the years that I’ve been teaching comics writing and other comics-related subjects, people have been telling me they wished they lived in the NYC area so they could take my classes. Well, now’s your chance to study with me without having to (literally and figuratively) leave home!

The virtual workshop/roundtable class will max out at six students, so everyone will get attention from their fellows students and from yours truly, but there won’t be so many students that the voices get to be a virtual cacophony. We’re going to keep it fairly low-tech, so people at all levels of computer know-how will be able to join in. More details as we get closer to the start date. (Did I mention it’s April 25?)

Of course, you can also study one-on-one with me through cyberspace, have me comment on and critique your work, etc. If you’re interested in that kind of thing, let me know and I can give you more details. You can find out about other ways to study and/or work with me here. And you can contact me at (unsurprisingly): danny@dannyfingeroth.com.

Okay, that’s it for today. Once again, thanks for checking out the site, and I hope you enjoy your visits here!

–Danny Fingeroth