Frank Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers
New Course Announcement
June 4th start date
8 week course
“Full course” - layouts, color, figure drawing - you will make a 16 page comic over the 8 weeks.
500 bux. Payment plans available. No money down! Totally serious.
To apply, email me and I will explain the submission guidelines.
I’ve been meaning to talk in more detail about my experience in Frank’s course. You can of course read the product of my time working with him here, and comparing that piece to the comics I’ve done previously is probably the most succinct indication of how thoroughly Frank helped me to rethink my process.
I don’t want to give away too much about the specifics of the course — not just because of all the little secrets Frank reveals over the course of 8 weeks, but also because he has this great way of tricking you into approaching things in new ways by making you do something that seems completely unintuitive — until all of a sudden it isn’t. That was one of the most rewarding parts of the course for me, actually. I had more than a few unexpected moments of realization about my work and even comics in general that I’m not sure I can fully articulate just yet because I’m still working over most of them in my head.
Let me tell you one story, though, that I think illustrates how great of an instructor Frank is and how much you can get out of his course. A few weeks into the course, I had just done a first draft of the colors for one of my pages, and I was pretty happy with it. I thought it looked good. Frank wrote to me, saying that the page looked okay, but that maybe we should get on Skype and talk about it. I don’t remember everything that he said — I should have taken notes, and I made sure to do so for every Skype session afterwards — but whatever he told me made me realize that the page wasn’t working at all. It just clicked. I could see it. My second draft, which I ended up incorporating into the final version of that page, was infinitely better.
I have at least a dozen more stories like that which I could tell, but I’ll just say this: take the course. You won’t regret it.