Course to introduce kids to the world of comic book art

Children over the age of 13 may get creative as they learn about the process of comic/manga making this summer
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NGO Graphic Novels Library Malta (GNLM)  and Malta Libraries are organising an eight-session course in summer with artists and experts in the field of comic book art for participants aged 13+. The course is designed to provide a holistic overview of the genre and to tutor in the creative process of comic/manga making.

The first lesson will take place on July 12 and the last one on August 30. Among others, there will be a number of hands-on workshops on character design, comic text and inking, and on writing and creating a story. After the course, students will be given two weeks to complete a project which will then be compiled into a limited-edition commemorative publication.

The full course is being offered at a discounted rate of €50 per person courtesy of GNLM and Malta Libraries. All sessions will be held at the Central Public Library in Floriana.

Every student is required to bring their own ink pens ranging between 0.1 – 0.8 point; an HB pencil; sharpener, eraser, long ruler (30cm) and A4 blank papers (ideally over 100gsm).

To book, send an e-mail to gnlmalta@gmail.com and settle the fee via Revolut on 7701 1506.  Spaces are limited and course bookings close on June 22.

The event’s poster

Course breakdown

Lesson 1: Wednesday, July 12: ‘An Introduction to the Course and the History of Comics’ with Dean Fenech

Lesson 2: Wednesday, July 19: ‘Character Design’, a hands-on workshop with Dean Fenech

Lesson 3: Wednesday, July 26: ‘Colour/Digital’, a hands-on workshop with Vincienne Scerri

Lesson 4: Saturday, August 5: ‘Exposure to the Maltese Comic World’ with Fabio Agius (Wicked Comics)

Lesson 5: Wednesday, August 9: ‘Comic Text and Inking’, a hands-on workshop with François Galea.

Lesson 6: Wednesday, August 16: ‘Writing and creating a story’, a hands-on workshop with Ashley Eric Peschel

Lesson 7: Wednesday, August 23: ‘Comic Making/Narrative to Comic’ PT1 – prep for the main project with Redent Camilleri

Lesson 8: Wednesday, August 30: ‘Comic Making/Narrative to Comic’ PT2 – prep for the main project with Redent Camilleri.

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