It’s been a busy month or so at Meltdown University. We’ve been to conventions, seen lots of progress on students’ comics in the classes, and just finished an Inking series.
On Sunday March 6, I had a table at the LA Zine Fest at The Majestic in Downtown LA. It was a HUGE affair and was packed to the rafters with zinesters, comickers, and fans. The table was filled with Melt U student comics from the past few years and sales were the best yet at any con or fest.
Also there was Melt U grad and consistent-comics-maker Sarah Bitely. Sarah’s been working on her comic Pimpkillah for years (the first issue was done in a Melt U Creating Comics class) and is in the planning stages of making it into a film.
From March 25 to 27, WonderCon was going on at The LA Convention Center, having moved up from Anaheim. This was an even bigger show than last year and attendance was high (Saturday tickets sold out before the con started). I was there making connections for some comics projects I’m working on, buying back issues of Jack Kirby comics, and as usual, ran into some past and present Melt U students. I also managed to find a group of very cheeky Spider-Men (Spider-Mans?).
BUT — there were Melt U grads there selling their comics, too! Laraine Mestman shared a table with Bibi Davidson for the three days. They made new comics friends, networked a little, and sold copies of their comics — Laraine’s Being Frank and Bibi’s Pyper.
Back at Meltdown in the Melt U classes, in the latest Creating Comics class, student Matt Buga is working on a pretty surreal story about a duck who takes a boy and his Legos on an adventure. Here’s an example of his layouts, which are the type of things YOU’LL be doing if you take the class!
The Drawing Basics class is starting again THIS SATURDAY, April 23, from 11:30am to 2:00pm. It’s a six session class where you’ll learn drawing fundamentals, everything from figure drawing, to perspective, to light and shadow, to drawing the face. Below is a page from Jack Hamm’s Drawing the Head and Figure, a book I use material from for the class.
Also coming up is the next Creating Comics class on Thursday, April 28 at 7pm. The class is for both writers and artists looking to learn how to make comics. It’s 14 sessions just like a college class. The writers learn scriptwriting skills, story structure, get info on how to work with artists, and will complete a short comics script by the end of the class.
The artists also learn story structure, as well as visual storytelling techniques, page layout, panel composition, and more. They finish the class having completed an 8 to 10-page minicomic. All while having fun and learning about comics!
For more information and to sign up for the classes, go here:
And who am I, you ask? I’m Jim Higgins, Meltdown University’s program director and founder. I was an editor at DC Comics for six years, am a small comics publisher, have written comics, and done some screenwriting. I’ve taught comics classes for 18 years at places like Otis College of Art and Design, CalArts, UCLA Extension, The Society for Illustrators, The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and more. I’m presently a freelance writer and comics editor.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you around the store.
Yours in comics,