The Toronto Cartoonists Workshop is a learning environment where aspiring cartoonists can study with working professionals. The Comics Lab is a forum where teams of freelance writers and artists are assembled to create and publish a professional comic book. Comics Lab simulates the working environment of a freelancer at a mainstream comics publisher with each freelancer working under the guidance and tutelage of series editor Rob Walton. Each course under the Comics Lab banner will deal with pre-existing characters and concepts thus adding the additional complexity of working with an established property. The winter 2013 version of Comics Lab will feature characters from Dave Sim’s Cerebus.
With the editor acting as mentor and tutor, each writer is asked to submit a minimum of two script ideas for publishing consideration. The editor will then ‘green light’ one of the ideas after which a full script will then be developed. Rough layouts are then created and the storytelling, characterization, continuity and visual dynamics are improved and polished. Artists use the maximized layouts to begin the process of creating completed pencils and inks.
No prerequisite is required however each student must submit sample writing and art pages before being accepted to Comics Lab. Students must be able to adhere to strict deadlines. All prospective students should familiarize themselves with the Cerebus property prior to submissions. More details...
Special thanks to Dave Sim for graciously allowing us to use his characters for this special project!
Where: 587A College Street (at Clinton), Toronto, ON, Canada, M6G 1B2
When: Thursday evenings 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 17 January to 28 March 2013