Start down the path with this self-guided course

In this video series, I'll show you loads about creating a graphic memoir. You'll see more than 20 master examples and complete more than 20 exercises to get us better and deeper into your own story. 

With these steps, you can go step by step from idea to completion and gather lots of tools and inspirations on the way.

I share my experiences in creating my recent full-length memoir, Rosalie Lightning ( http://www.tomhart.net/rosalie.html ), by showing detailed notes, sketches and drafts. That book was excerpted in Best American Comics 2015 by Houghton Mifflin and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

The course is divided into 8 steps:

  1. What Can Comics Do? Works cited: Smile, Raina Telgemeier; Theth, Josh Bayer; Epileptic, David B.; Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
  2. Gathering Material. Works cited: King-Cat, John Porcellino; Silly Daddy, Joe Chiappetta; 100 Demons, Lynda Barry
  3. Organizing the Story. Works cited: Kampung Boy, Lat; Nononba, Shigeru Mizuki; We Can Fix It, Jess Fink
  4. Finding a Visual Style. Works cited: Graffiti Kitchen, Eddie Campbell; David Chelsea in Love, David Chelsea; Dance by the Light of the Moon, Judith Vanistendael
  5. Choosing Storytelling Styles. Works cited: To the Heart of the Storm, Will Eisner; Fun Home, Alison Bechdel, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast
  6. Visual Language, Visual Experience. Works cited: Epileptic, David B.; Monsters, Ken Dahl, You'll Never Know, Carol Tyler;
  7. Starting and Working. Works cited: How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Sarah Glidden; Make Me a Woman, Vanessa Davis; July Diary, The Voyeurs, Gabrielle Bell
  8. Working and Finishing. Works cited: Calling Dr. Laura, Nicole Georges; Maus, MetaMaus, Art Spiegelman; The Photographer, Dieder Lefevre, Emmanuel Guibert, Frederic Lemercier

In each step you'll take a quick look at three great graphic memoirs that exemplify the topic we’re looking at, and then you'll see an in-depth look at my approach to that step.

And then in PDF form, we’ll complete at least three exercises related to each step, drawing from those master memoirs to get us further along. The PDFs will also include an even more in-depth look into the process of creating my book.

So grab a pencil, call up those stories you’ve always wanted to tell, or that you’ve told but never drawn, and let’s get started.

Thanks for attending!

Tom

I wrote the book on Graphic Memoir

My book, The Art of the Graphic Memoir was years in the making, and began here. This course is a great way to go in depth with the material from the book.
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I wrote the book on Graphic Memoir

Course curriculum

  • 02
    GATHERING MATERIAL, Figuring Out the Story
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  • 03
    ORGANIZING THE STORY
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    • Structuring the Story
    • Structuring the Story - My Story
    • Chapter 3 -Structuring The Material - Assignments
    • Chapter 3 -Structuring The Material - Live Example
    • Chapter 3 -Structuring The Material - Tom's Story
    • Chapter 3 Transcript
  • 04
    FINDING A VISUAL STYLE
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    • Visual Style
    • Visual Style - My Story
    • Chapter 4 - Finding a Visual Style - Assignments
    • Chapter 4 - Finding a Visual Style - Tom's Story
    • Chapter 4 Transcript
    • Chapter 4 - Live Example
  • 05
    CHOOSING STORYTELLING STYLES
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    • Storytelling Styles
    • Storytelling Style- My Story
    • Chapter 5 - Storytelling Style - Assignments
    • Chapter 5 - Storytelling Style - Tom's Story
    • Chapter 5 Transcript
    • Chapter 5 - Storytelling Style Live Example
  • 06
    VISUAL METAPHOR, VISUAL EXPERIENCE: USING THE VISUAL LANGUAGE
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    • Visual Language Techniques
    • Visual Language Techniques - My Story
    • Chapter 6 - Visual Language - Assignments
    • Chapter 6 Live Example
    • Chapter 6 - Visual Language - Tom's Story
    • Chapter 6 Transcript
  • 07
    STARTING AND WORKING
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    • Starting and Working
    • Starting and Working - My Story
    • Chapter 7 Assignments
    • Chapter 7 Live Example
    • Chapter 7 Tom's Story
    • Chapter 7 Transcript
  • 08
    WORKING AND FINISHING
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    • The Process of Finishing
    • The Process of Finishing - My Story
    • Chapter 8 Assignments
    • Chapter 8 Tom's Story
    • Chapter 8 Transcript
    • Tom's Full Forest Story - Live Example
    • Chapter 8 Live Example
  • 09
    GRAPHIC MEMOIR INTENSIVE WORKING GROUP
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What's Included?

  • 16 Videos

  • 2 Texts

  • 32 PDFs

  • 3 Hours of Content

What others have said

  • SARAH DAVIES

    “I am so glad I stumbled on this course as I was looking into writing a graphic memoir. Thanks to Tom for sharing such a personal experience with us and for enabling us to tell our own stories. I will be revisiting the course until I am confident e...”

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    “I am so glad I stumbled on this course as I was looking into writing a graphic memoir. Thanks to Tom for sharing such a personal experience with us and for enabling us to tell our own stories. I will be revisiting the course until I am confident enough to proceed with mine. :)”

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  • Dionne Lapointe

    “I've decided to tackle my very first graphic memoir and was looking for some guidance online. I'm so glad I came across this course. It was just what I needed. What I appreciated about the course was it's openness. It strikes a nice balance betwee...”

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    “I've decided to tackle my very first graphic memoir and was looking for some guidance online. I'm so glad I came across this course. It was just what I needed. What I appreciated about the course was it's openness. It strikes a nice balance between being instructive without being prescriptive. It provided some structure and storytelling elements to consider, but encourages you to find your own way and voice. I loved the use of examples from such a wide variety of masterful graphic memoirs, but appreciated Tom's belief that we all have what we need right now, despite our limitations (and mine are many!) to tell our story. Thank you, Tom, for having the courage to share your story Rosalie Lightning, and your process with the world.”

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