Jul 302009


It’s that time again, time for a new series of comics writing and drawing classes at Meltdown University.  The next set of classes begins this Wednesday, August 5th, at 7pm at our lovely Meltdown U campus, otherwise known as the gallery in the back of the store (And it really is lovely — right now the walls are covered with art by Joëlle Jones from the new Oni graphic novel she drew, written by Jamie S. Rich, called You Have Killed Me).

The class consists of 14 weekly sessions meeting every Wednesday where students learn a solid foundation in the skills you need to make a comic book — writing and story structure, visual storytelling, and basic cartooning, drawing, and inking skills.  If you are a writer and not an artist, you’re welcome to join the class.  You’ll learn about story structure, comic book scriptwriting, and have the advantage of watching artists put together their stories, which will only improve your comics writing skills.  Each session is only $20 and is taught by Jim Higgins, who edited comics for DC’s Paradox Press imprint (which published Road to Perdition, and The Big Book series — The Big Book of Hoaxes, The Big Book of the Unexplained, etc.), taught at The School of Visual Arts in New York for eight years and is now teaching how to write and draw comics at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

For more information on the classes, go to http://www.meltcomics.com/meltdown_u.html

In order to sign up, you need to fill out the info form, which you can go directly to at http://www.meltcomics.com/mlt_u_contact_us.htm

All future comics creators, come join in!

Feb 102009

Hello Meltdown masses.  Jim Higgins here from Meltdown University, Meltdown’s budding school for writing and drawing comics.  We’ve got three classes running now, a great group of enthusiastic students, and lots of good work being produced.  This is the last chance to join the most recent class.  We’ve met a few times but there’s a make-up class being scheduled this week so if you want to get in, contact me through the Meltdown U contact page — I’ll get back to you and we’ll work out when we can meet.  Right now it looks like Friday and/or Saturday evening.  Students get a 20% discount while they’re in the class so there’s even more of an incentive to be a Meltdown U student.  We’re going to move the start date for the next “miniseries” (that’s what we call our 13-week terms) to the beginning of April (that class meets on Wednesdays), so now’s the time to get on board, instead of having to wait and be sad. :(((