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franksantoro:

Where: Lili Cafe 3138 Dobson St Polish Hill Pittsburgh 15219
When: Wednesday April 30th 7 to 9pm
What: First meeting of the PITTSBURGH COMIC BOOK ACADEMY
I’ve been wanting to try a “floating academy” for awhile now. This FREE event will be a simple hangout for anyone and everyone in the Pittsburgh area who wants to take comic book classes. I have tried to do this at Copacetic Comics upstairs in the same building but there are no chairs and tables - so I talked Lili Cafe into staying open an hour later than usual and we are going to try it out. I will lead a simple drawing exercise and we will talk shop. FREE. 7 to 9 - wednesday April 30th.
-Frank Santoro

franksantoro:

Where: Lili Cafe 3138 Dobson St Polish Hill Pittsburgh 15219

When: Wednesday April 30th 7 to 9pm

What: First meeting of the PITTSBURGH COMIC BOOK ACADEMY

I’ve been wanting to try a “floating academy” for awhile now. This FREE event will be a simple hangout for anyone and everyone in the Pittsburgh area who wants to take comic book classes. I have tried to do this at Copacetic Comics upstairs in the same building but there are no chairs and tables - so I talked Lili Cafe into staying open an hour later than usual and we are going to try it out. I will lead a simple drawing exercise and we will talk shop. FREE. 7 to 9 - wednesday April 30th.

-Frank Santoro

comicsworkbook:

9 panel grid trivia - Love and Rockets / Watchmen
SANTORO: So when we were traveling around this week there was something you mentioned, Jaime. I can’t remember which signing it was or little interview bit, but you were talking about … oh I think it was at the Philadelphia thing, they showed a slide from “100 Rooms,” and you started talking about the 9-panel grid of “100 Rooms.” And you said that Alan Moore really liked that grid and that he was going to use it for Watchmen. And I had never heard that story, so I thought I could just ask you to riff on that a little bit.
JAIME: Yeah. It’s basically what you just said. I mean, it was that simple. In an interview or something he just said, “I really love the story “100 Rooms” and I love that grid. So we used that for Watchmen.” He just said exactly what you said. And after that, that was it. Of course in the back of my head, Watchmen became legendary in the comics circles and stuff. And I thought, well, guess what? At the time when he said it I go, “You’re going to use this 9-panel grid? Anyone can use a 9-panel grid.” It wasn’t the —
GILBERT: It’s not a fancy grid. I mean, it wasn’t magic.
from TCJ interview here

comicsworkbook:

9 panel grid trivia - Love and Rockets / Watchmen

SANTORO: So when we were traveling around this week there was something you mentioned, Jaime. I can’t remember which signing it was or little interview bit, but you were talking about … oh I think it was at the Philadelphia thing, they showed a slide from “100 Rooms,” and you started talking about the 9-panel grid of “100 Rooms.” And you said that Alan Moore really liked that grid and that he was going to use it for Watchmen. And I had never heard that story, so I thought I could just ask you to riff on that a little bit.

JAIME: Yeah. It’s basically what you just said. I mean, it was that simple. In an interview or something he just said, “I really love the story “100 Rooms” and I love that grid. So we used that for Watchmen.” He just said exactly what you said. And after that, that was it. Of course in the back of my head, Watchmen became legendary in the comics circles and stuff. And I thought, well, guess what? At the time when he said it I go, “You’re going to use this 9-panel grid? Anyone can use a 9-panel grid.” It wasn’t the —

GILBERT: It’s not a fancy grid. I mean, it wasn’t magic.

from TCJ interview here

franksantoro:

Where: Lili Cafe 3138 Dobson St Polish Hill Pittsburgh 15219
When: Wednesday April 30th 7 to 9pm
What: First meeting of the PITTSBURGH COMIC BOOK ACADEMY
I’ve been wanting to try a “floating academy” for awhile now. This FREE event will be a simple hangout for anyone and everyone in the Pittsburgh area who wants to take comic book classes. I have tried to do this at Copacetic Comics upstairs in the same building but there are no chairs and tables - so I talked Lili Cafe into staying open an hour later than usual and we are going to try it out. I will lead a simple drawing exercise and we will talk shop. FREE. 7 to 9 - wednesday April 30th.
-Frank Santoro

franksantoro:

Where: Lili Cafe 3138 Dobson St Polish Hill Pittsburgh 15219

When: Wednesday April 30th 7 to 9pm

What: First meeting of the PITTSBURGH COMIC BOOK ACADEMY

I’ve been wanting to try a “floating academy” for awhile now. This FREE event will be a simple hangout for anyone and everyone in the Pittsburgh area who wants to take comic book classes. I have tried to do this at Copacetic Comics upstairs in the same building but there are no chairs and tables - so I talked Lili Cafe into staying open an hour later than usual and we are going to try it out. I will lead a simple drawing exercise and we will talk shop. FREE. 7 to 9 - wednesday April 30th.

-Frank Santoro

(via comicsworkbook)

comicsworkbook:

9 Panel Grids - here’s a rerun of a ComicsComics favorite of mine 
If I flip randomly to a page of Watchmen and let my eyes scan the page, usually I look straight at the center – and often that center panel is representative of the whole page. It’s like an anchor. Also, the artist (Dave Gibbons) never gives up the center of the page when he uses a different layout. Never! He never has a center tier that has a vertical gutter in the direct center of the page. I really think this is part of Watchmen‘s visual power. When I flip through the book, my eyes just go from center of page to center of page and I feel more enveloped by the story and by the world created. -Frank Santoro

comicsworkbook:

9 Panel Grids - here’s a rerun of a ComicsComics favorite of mine 

If I flip randomly to a page of Watchmen and let my eyes scan the page, usually I look straight at the center – and often that center panel is representative of the whole page. It’s like an anchor. Also, the artist (Dave Gibbons) never gives up the center of the page when he uses a different layout. Never! He never has a center tier that has a vertical gutter in the direct center of the page. I really think this is part of Watchmen‘s visual power. When I flip through the book, my eyes just go from center of page to center of page and I feel more enveloped by the story and by the world created. -Frank Santoro

franksantoro:

Hi

My name is Frank Santoro. 
Have you ever thought about taking “comic book lessons”? Maybe you already know how to draw a comic book and would like to just brush up on your composition skills. Maybe you have never drawn a comic book before but always wish you had. Perhaps there is someone close to you who dreams of drawing comics?
Well, the Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers may be just perfect for you! I will guide you through the steps necessary to complete your own original 16 page comic book in a matter of weeks. Learn the tricks of the trade from a working cartoonist! I have been doing this correspondence course for three years now and the ”learn from home” method of teaching comics yields real results!  (please take a moment to read the student testimonials that follow) 
"I’ve learned more in this class than in 6 years of art school." -Sarah Nawrocki 
"I took this class and I can recommend it strongly if you’re on the fence." -Connor Willumsen
"So, I completed this course just a few weeks back, and I can honestly recommend it. I got a lot about the process of making comics, which will alter the way I create long form comics in the future.  I also learned things about panel composition, general composition, and page composition.  The best thing I can say about it is this: I graduated from an art school in the late 90’s (when there were zero comic theory classes).  I got almost nothing that could be directly applied to comics there.  I got more in two months of this course than I did in my four years of art school. If you want to improve your comics, this is worth looking into." -Ian McMurray
==============================
The Spring course will begin on May 1st 2014. 
The course lasts 8 weeks.
The focus will be on advancing your understanding of layouts, color, contour line drawing, and printmaking for producing comic books.  The 8-week class is $500. Payment plans available. This class is limited: only ten students will be accepted.
Who the hell am I? I’ve been drawing comics since 1988 – and writing about comics since 1995. I’ve taught drawing at Parsons. My work has been exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. I have worked as an assistant to fine arts painters such as Francesco Clemente, Dorothea Rockburne and Gary Panter. Many of my paintings are in the collection of Bruno Bischofberger. My comic Storeyville is, allegedly, one of Chris Ware’s favorites. I’ve collaborated with Ben Jones. I was in a drawing contest against the French master Blutch – and it was deemed a tie! I have appeared in two volumes of Kramers Ergot. I am working with Dash Shaw on an animation project. I worked for the silkscreen wizard Frank Kozik. I am friends with Yuichi Yokoyama. I got into a yelling match with Brian Chippendale because I’m against photo-referencing. Jaime Hernandez taught me where all the freeways meet in Los Angeles. Gilbert Hernandez said my comic Pompeiiwas “pretty good”.
My most recent book Pompeii was reviewed by the Los Angeles review of Books. Please check it out here.https://lareviewofbooks.org/review/the-volcano-lovers-frank-santoros-pompeii
Application guidelines:
-3 figure drawings done on blank 3 x 5 index cards
-3 landscape drawings done on blank 3 x 5 index cards
-3 still life drawings done on blank 3 x 5 cards
-specific url links to any comics work you have done. 
Applications due by April 26th. Email me - santoroschoolATgmailDOTcom - and I will send you an invite to the course blog so you see what it’s like. Check out my Layout Workbook series over at The Comics Journal. Overseas students welcome. Payment plans available - I will work with you to make it affordable.
Concerned about not having enough time to do the course? Many students have full time jobs. The “learn at home” method works on YOUR time.
For those interested in seeing the private course blog:
Please email me santoroschoolATgmailDOTcom and ask for an invite. I will send you a private link to the present version of the course.  
Thanks for reading this.
best
Frank Santoro
=============
Here are some more testimonials from former students:
"I took Frank’s course over the summer (see “Seeds”), and I can vouch for his encyclopedic comics wisdom and the effectiveness of his approach. He will teach you things you didn’t even know you needed to learn. If you love creating comics, telling stories in a sequential visual kind of way, then hit Frank up with an application. This is the correct way for you to spend the next 8 weeks of your life.” 
-Tyler Landry

"I heartily recommend [Frank’s course] if you want to to learn a lot about layout,storytelling and process & bang out a quick 16 pager."
-Ryan Dirks


========================

**here’s a handy email link to pass on to friends
http://franksantoro.tumblr.com/post/80673807843 
***image at the top by Hal Foster. I diagram a number of Foster Prince Valiant strips here.

franksantoro:

Hi

My name is Frank Santoro. 

Have you ever thought about taking “comic book lessons”? Maybe you already know how to draw a comic book and would like to just brush up on your composition skills. Maybe you have never drawn a comic book before but always wish you had. Perhaps there is someone close to you who dreams of drawing comics?

Well, the Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers may be just perfect for you! I will guide you through the steps necessary to complete your own original 16 page comic book in a matter of weeks. Learn the tricks of the trade from a working cartoonist! I have been doing this correspondence course for three years now and the ”learn from home” method of teaching comics yields real results!  (please take a moment to read the student testimonials that follow) 

"I’ve learned more in this class than in 6 years of art school." -Sarah Nawrocki 

"I took this class and I can recommend it strongly if you’re on the fence." -Connor Willumsen

"So, I completed this course just a few weeks back, and I can honestly recommend it. I got a lot about the process of making comics, which will alter the way I create long form comics in the future.  I also learned things about panel composition, general composition, and page composition.  The best thing I can say about it is this: I graduated from an art school in the late 90’s (when there were zero comic theory classes).  I got almost nothing that could be directly applied to comics there.  I got more in two months of this course than I did in my four years of art school. If you want to improve your comics, this is worth looking into." -Ian McMurray

==============================

The Spring course will begin on May 1st 2014.

The course lasts 8 weeks.

The focus will be on advancing your understanding of layouts, color, contour line drawing, and printmaking for producing comic books.  The 8-week class is $500. Payment plans available. This class is limited: only ten students will be accepted.

Who the hell am I? I’ve been drawing comics since 1988 – and writing about comics since 1995. I’ve taught drawing at Parsons. My work has been exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. I have worked as an assistant to fine arts painters such as Francesco Clemente, Dorothea Rockburne and Gary Panter. Many of my paintings are in the collection of Bruno Bischofberger. My comic Storeyville is, allegedly, one of Chris Ware’s favorites. I’ve collaborated with Ben Jones. I was in a drawing contest against the French master Blutch – and it was deemed a tie! I have appeared in two volumes of Kramers Ergot. I am working with Dash Shaw on an animation project. I worked for the silkscreen wizard Frank Kozik. I am friends with Yuichi Yokoyama. I got into a yelling match with Brian Chippendale because I’m against photo-referencing. Jaime Hernandez taught me where all the freeways meet in Los Angeles. Gilbert Hernandez said my comic Pompeiiwas “pretty good”.

My most recent book Pompeii was reviewed by the Los Angeles review of Books. Please check it out here.https://lareviewofbooks.org/review/the-volcano-lovers-frank-santoros-pompeii

Application guidelines:

-3 figure drawings done on blank 3 x 5 index cards

-3 landscape drawings done on blank 3 x 5 index cards

-3 still life drawings done on blank 3 x 5 cards

-specific url links to any comics work you have done. 

Applications due by April 26th. Email me - santoroschoolATgmailDOTcom - and I will send you an invite to the course blog so you see what it’s like. Check out my Layout Workbook series over at The Comics Journal. Overseas students welcome. Payment plans available - I will work with you to make it affordable.

Concerned about not having enough time to do the course? Many students have full time jobs. The “learn at home” method works on YOUR time.

For those interested in seeing the private course blog:

Please email me santoroschoolATgmailDOTcom and ask for an invite. I will send you a private link to the present version of the course.  

Thanks for reading this.

best

Frank Santoro

=============

Here are some more testimonials from former students:

"I took Frank’s course over the summer (see “Seeds”), and I can vouch for his encyclopedic comics wisdom and the effectiveness of his approach. He will teach you things you didn’t even know you needed to learn. If you love creating comics, telling stories in a sequential visual kind of way, then hit Frank up with an application. This is the correct way for you to spend the next 8 weeks of your life.” 

-Tyler Landry

"I heartily recommend [Frank’s course] if you want to to learn a lot about layout,storytelling and process & bang out a quick 16 pager."

-Ryan Dirks

========================

**here’s a handy email link to pass on to friends

http://franksantoro.tumblr.com/post/80673807843 

***image at the top by Hal Foster. I diagram a number of Foster Prince Valiant strips here.

(via franksantoro)

franksantoro:

Where: Lili Cafe 3138 Dobson St Polish Hill Pittsburgh 15219
When: Wednesday April 30th 7 to 9pm
What: First meeting of the PITTSBURGH COMIC BOOK ACADEMY
I’ve been wanting to try a “floating academy” for awhile now. This FREE event will be a simple hangout for anyone and everyone in the Pittsburgh area who wants to take comic book classes. I have tried to do this at Copacetic Comics upstairs in the same building but there are no chairs and tables - so I talked Lili Cafe into staying open an hour later than usual and we are going to try it out. I will lead a simple drawing exercise and we will talk shop. FREE. 7 to 9 - wednesday April 30th.
-Frank Santoro

franksantoro:

Where: Lili Cafe 3138 Dobson St Polish Hill Pittsburgh 15219

When: Wednesday April 30th 7 to 9pm

What: First meeting of the PITTSBURGH COMIC BOOK ACADEMY

I’ve been wanting to try a “floating academy” for awhile now. This FREE event will be a simple hangout for anyone and everyone in the Pittsburgh area who wants to take comic book classes. I have tried to do this at Copacetic Comics upstairs in the same building but there are no chairs and tables - so I talked Lili Cafe into staying open an hour later than usual and we are going to try it out. I will lead a simple drawing exercise and we will talk shop. FREE. 7 to 9 - wednesday April 30th.

-Frank Santoro

(via comicsworkbook)