Kick Your Graphic Memoir Into Gear
Are you writing your graphic memoir?
Do you need feedback, guidance, and accountability?
to our graphic memoir intensive working group!
If you are working on autobiographical work, a graphic memoir, whether large or small, this is the place to be.
I've taught hundred of students, and my own memoir debuted at #1 on the NY Times Bestseller List.
I'm here to help you find your material, find your voice, with an audience of like-minded readers/creators.
The Graphic Memoir Working Group started in Nov 2017 and has been AMAZING...
And there's plenty of room for you.
Working alone is hard!
Working without guidance is hard.
Working without prompts, exercises and discipline is hard...
I've been there a million times!
But I also know how to get out of it (it's actually fun!)
Let our Graphic Memoir Intensive Working Group get you through.
In the Graphic Memoir Intensive, I'll share with you my favorite inspirations, the draft pitch and proposal I sent for my memoir, and the strategies I use to keep the story alive.
And you'll work with great people working through the same problems you're wrestling with.
In the group, you'll hear amazing stories, tell your own, work on storytelling, get lots of great group feedback as well as lots of input from me, along with guided exercises and examples and wisdom.
Jump in now!
You can learn to make your graphic novel soar.
Jump in anytime, subscribe for one month or 20, and learn from a master teacher and a cohort of like-minded writer/artists.
Come introduce yourself...
Come into the group, introduce yourself, and you'll get instant access to the abundance of materials below and wisdom from me and the rest of the past and present group.
What others have been saying about this course:
Tom brings everything I could have wanted to his role as mentor and impresario in the SAW graphic memoir group—enthusiasm, a sharp and critical eye, an intuitive grasp of visual and linear storytelling, and perhaps the world’s most exhaustive and affectionate knowledge of comics history. He loves what he does, and he exudes a genuine desire to help his students become the best comics artists possible.
Lynsey Erin Hirth
Graphic Memoir Intensive course
I loved Tom Hart's course and being able to share with other members and ask for & give feedback about the work on a daily basis. Everyone is super willing to share and is generous with their time and ideas and helps to move your story along or call out things that may not work, or need to be clarified. Tom gives great insight as well, and he gives a plethora of great materials from pdf of comics and readings of everything form starting to visual style and storytelling through comics. Highly recommended!
Graphic Memoir Intensive was great
This course helped me to clarify my concept for my graphic memoir, to get valuable feedback from Tom and classmates about my plan, and to workshop various ideas through the excellent exercises Tom provided. There was TONNES of material provided, more than I could actually sift through, but what I looked at was so helpful in so many ways. I loved the camaraderie and creative exchange in our group. I now feel more confident and knowledgeable about the graphic memoir genre, drawing the face and body, page composition, and voice, and ready to really start my memoir in earnest. Great to know also that the new course will allow me to come back in to get support when I need it. Thanks Tom!
100% awesome, and another 100% fun :-) This was my 2nd online course, and I think the coolest part for me was that everyone already had a big project they are/were working on. It's almost like an online study group. It definitely made me more motivated, and I also felt like I got a sense of the folks in the group, taking away the mysterious "online" feeling. Super great. Thank you
A Masterclass of Material
Every week is a little different. Potential topics and exercises are all bundled in the curriculum below, and it's always growing! We'll pull from these materials as needed during class time, but you're always welcome to dive in and look around.After an in-depth intro week, we’ll build our project piece by piece, by looking at:
- the fear of getting started
- personal material gathering
- general structure
- different tones of voice
- visual metaphor
- getting around sticky personal situations
- cleaning up your room!
- and the in-depth ways we can be compelling on the page
- and much much much more (I'm always surprised myself!)
Past students of mine know that I’m quick to tailor exercises and discussions according to the needs of the group or even individuals.
It may be that some people need guided exercises and others want discussions and feedback. Both are always accommodated.
This group has been dynamic, rich, supportive and super-interesting.
Want to see what real people are like? Want to see real people telling their stories? Want to tell your own?
Want to make your graphic memoir come alive?
This group will focus and inspire you. Let's make your story happen!
Like a lot of my classes, I'm offering it sliding scale. Paying what you can afford helps others pay what they can afford, thanks!
Want to pay something other than the below? Contact me at email@example.com
Sliding Scale: Paying what you can afford helps others pay what they can afford...
- Introduction to Drawing Bodies and Heads FREE TRIAL
- Drawing the Figure - Famous Artists Cartoon Course
- Drawing the Head - Famous Artists Cartoon Course
- Cartooning the Head in Detail - Famous Artists Cartoon Course
- Cartooning the Figure in Detail - Famous Artists Cartoon Course
- Drawing Children, Adults and Teens
- Emotions PDF
- Random Bodies and Stuff
- Introduction to Composition in the Panel FREE TRIAL
- Molly Bang - How Pictures Work - brief PDF introduction FREE TRIAL
- Video: Staging Characters in the Panel FREE TRIAL
- Disney's Basics of Composition PDF FREE TRIAL
- Storyboarding the Simpsons Way - Composition PDF
- Panel Composition by Kali Ceisemier
- Drawing for Comics from Tom Hart's Comic Strips Book FREE TRIAL
- Wally Wood's 22 Panels "That Always Work"
- How To Read (and make) a Single-Panel Cartoon - by Tom Hart FREE TRIAL
- Silhouettes PDF
- 01 - Why Comics?
- 01 - Why Comics? - My Story
- 02 - Gathering Material
- 02 - Gathering Material - My Story
- 02 - Gathering Materials - Exercises
- 03 - Organizing Materials
- 03 - Organizing Materials - My Story
- 03 - Organizing Material - Exercises
- 04 - Finding a Visual Style
- 04 - Finding a Visual Style - My Story
- 04 - Finding a Visual Style - Exercises
- 05 - Getting Started
- 05 - Getting Started - My Story
- 05 - Getting Started - Exercises
- 06 - Storytelling Strategies
- 06 - Storytelling Strategies - My Story
- 06 - Storytelling Strategies - Exercises
- 07 - Visual Language
- 07 - Visual Language - My Story
- 07 - Visual Language - Exercises
- 08 - Change Your Life
- 08 - Change Your Life - My Story
- 08 - Change Your Life - Exercises
- 08 - Change Your Life -- Live Example
- 09 - Finishing
- 09 - Finishing - My Story
- 09 - Finishing - Exercises
- Ongoing list of links to online articles and books FREE TRIAL
- Carol Tyler's Red Ribbons
- Carol Tyler - Character Intros and Symbols
- Carol Tyler and Tom Hart speaking at Society of Illustrators - VIDEO FREE TRIAL
- Images That Sing - PDF from How To Say Everything FREE TRIAL
- Diary Comics
- Chester Brown - The Playboy Narrative Guide
- Tom's Forest Story in Progress, Feb 2018
- Lettering! Title and Display
- Twisted Sisters PDF
- I Remember (excerpt) by Joe Brainard
- The Aquatic Uncle by Italo Calvino from Cosmicomics - TEXT
- The Aquatic Uncle, by Italo Calvino from Cosmicomics - AUDIO
- Tom Hart Rosalie Lightning, "Version 4", mid-draft PDF in InDesign
- Lettering Video Presentation
So there are two URLs for this course?
Yes, the course materials, are here:
and the conversation is here:
It looks like a ton of material there. How do we go through it?
Yes, there is lots!
We'll excavate slowly!
You can browse at any time you feel like a particular topic is what you need. You can always ask about anything in the class, but more common is that I will point to particular materials there, and have some or all of you take a look and work on the topics therein.
Is there overlap with the self-guided Graphic Memoir mini-course?
Yes, much of what is there is here also. As well as some materials from Comics for Writers and materials from all across the SAW board.
But there are tons of nuts-and-bolts stuff not in the Graphic Memoir mini-course course, and that course doesn't have access to the community...
What if we're all at different levels or stages of our project? How does that work?
It works great! I find this is a lot like a dojo; the experienced students get to deepen their understanding by guiding and assisting others, and those in beginning stages learn from a lot of collective wisdom!
What will you have us be doing?
The main thing is working on Sequences. Always creating sequences in combinations of words and pictures, and evaluating how they are working.
As we do this, we will be trying new techniques, or bringing new understandings to each week's sequences. For instance, one week, we might focus on tone of voice, or we might focus on staying silent, or on body language or page composition or lettering. Other times we may take a step back and look at structuring our sequences.
There are always any number of options to enliven our sequences for the week, but these assignments are just for people who want to bend towards their work in a new way.
The main thing we should always be doing is moving forward on our stories the way that makes the most sense to us. My aim is to guide you that way.
What if I don't subscribe next month?
You have access to the materials AND the Google + Community by continuing to be a subscriber.
The price always be sliding scale. And you can change what you pay any month.
You will be removed from the Google+ when you're not subscribed; but you can rejoin and still have all your old posts available...
Sliding Scale? What Does That Mean?
It means you pay what you can afford. You have the same access as everyone else. Thanks for paying what you can afford!
Any more questions? Feel free to ask firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for being on this first adventure with me!
Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop
About the instructor
Tom Hart is a cartoonist has been the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a school and arts organization in Gainesville, Florida since 2012.
His 2016 memoir, Rosalie Lightning, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was featured on many Best-Of-2016 lists.
His Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, were nominated for all the major industry awards. His The Collected Hutch Owenwas nominated for best graphic novel in 2000. He was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists, and has been on many best-of lists in the Comics Journal and other comix publications. He has been called “One of the great underrated cartoonists of our time” by Eddie Campbell and “One of my favorite cartoonists of the decade” by Scott McCloud. His daily Hutch Owen comic strip ran for 2 years in newspapers in New York and Boston, and his “Ali’s House”, co-created with Margo Dabaie was picked up by King Features Syndicate.
He was a core instructor at New York City’s School of Visual Arts for 10 years, teaching cartooning to undergraduates, working adults and teens alike. Among his students were Dash Shaw, Sarah Glidden Box Brown and other published cartoonists like Leslie Stein, Jessica Fink,Josh Bayer, Brendan Leachand many others. He has taught comix and sequential art at schools and institutions all around New York City for more than 10 years, and has conducted week-long workshops from Maine to Hawaii. He also teaches sequential art in the School of Art and Art History at UF.
A couple other recent books:
Let’s Get Furious
The Sequential Artists Workshop Guide to Making Professional Comic Strips
His website is http://www.tomhart.net