franksantoro:

To paraphrase Brandon Graham paraphrasing KRS-One -“I’m talking to, like, three of you people out there”. (around the 39 min mark  - http://www.inkstuds.org/brandon-graham-frank-santoro-and-michael-deforge/)
I know I post advertisements for my correspondence course maybe a little too often here on Tumblr when I’m ramping up a new course - so I thought I’d do something a little different this time.
The most common questions I get about the course:
How does the course work?
The way the course works is that there is a private blog where you get all of your assignments. This blog is updated everyday with demos related to each assignment. We do a lot of fast drawing to get you thinking about sequencing much like a storyboard artist. Over the 8 week course you will create a 16 page “signature” - that means that you will basically draw two pages a week. Email me - santoroschoolATgmail - and I will send you an invite to the course that just wrapped so you can see how it works for yourself. 
What if I have a full-time job? Do you think I can manage to find the time to do the course within the 8 week time frame?
I’ve had many students in the past who have had full time jobs. I designed the course so that you can do it when you have the time - at night, weekends, etc. If you “fall behind” it doesn’t matter because I will work with you to complete your 16 page comic even after the course ends. The idea of the eight week course is to impress upon you the structure of a deadline which, I believe, is central to comics making. I know lots of talented comics makers who never seem to be able to finish anything. Comics is all about the deadline. So 16 pages in eight weeks is what we aim for - however if your job or other commitments prevent you from completing the comic, I will work with you until the comic is finished. 
What if I can’t afford to pay for the course all at once?
Not a problem. I’m very flexible with payment plans. Talk to me about it and I promise you that I will make you an offer that you cannot refuse. If you think there is no way that you could afford this course then think again. Often I have found that people chicken out about actually doing the work by using the “I can’t afford it” excuse. I will work with you in ways that no “real” school would ever work with you. Also my course is way more affordable than just about any other comics program out there. 
Thanks! Please email me santoroschoolATgmail with any questions regarding the course. Applications are due by June 19 2014. The course begins July 1st.
The application is: 3 landscape drawings, 3 still life drawings, and 3 figure drawings. All done on blank 3 x 5 inch index cards. Draw in direct pen with no pencil underdrawing. Also send me any specific urls of comics work you have done. If you haven’t done comics before that is not a problem.
You will never meet someone as enthusiastic about comics as me. I’m a good coach. Check out what some of my former students have to say about the course:
http://comicsworkbook.tumblr.com/post/88273321337/jack-brougham-theevenkeelofyoursoftmoods-this
http://whitecomics.tumblr.com/post/22454590580/franksantoro-frank-santoro-correspondence
http://franksantoro.tumblr.com/post/38569714343
http://emotionaldistance.tumblr.com/post/50259885873/emotionaldistance-comicsworkbook-im-going-to
http://disciplinegeorgejurard.tumblr.com/post/49545266581/fantagraphics-comicsworkbook-im-going-to-be

Here’s me Brandon Graham and Robin McConnell yakking about Moebius and other shit
http://www.inkstuds.org/frank-santoro-and-brandon-graham/
and here are a couple other Inkstuds to check out
http://www.inkstuds.org/frank-santoro-3/
http://www.inkstuds.org/frank-santoro-4/

Thanks!

Apply, apply!

franksantoro:

To paraphrase Brandon Graham paraphrasing KRS-One -“I’m talking to, like, three of you people out there”. (around the 39 min mark  - http://www.inkstuds.org/brandon-graham-frank-santoro-and-michael-deforge/)

I know I post advertisements for my correspondence course maybe a little too often here on Tumblr when I’m ramping up a new course - so I thought I’d do something a little different this time.

The most common questions I get about the course:

How does the course work?

The way the course works is that there is a private blog where you get all of your assignments. This blog is updated everyday with demos related to each assignment. We do a lot of fast drawing to get you thinking about sequencing much like a storyboard artist. Over the 8 week course you will create a 16 page “signature” - that means that you will basically draw two pages a week. Email me - santoroschoolATgmail - and I will send you an invite to the course that just wrapped so you can see how it works for yourself. 

What if I have a full-time job? Do you think I can manage to find the time to do the course within the 8 week time frame?

I’ve had many students in the past who have had full time jobs. I designed the course so that you can do it when you have the time - at night, weekends, etc. If you “fall behind” it doesn’t matter because I will work with you to complete your 16 page comic even after the course ends. The idea of the eight week course is to impress upon you the structure of a deadline which, I believe, is central to comics making. I know lots of talented comics makers who never seem to be able to finish anything. Comics is all about the deadline. So 16 pages in eight weeks is what we aim for - however if your job or other commitments prevent you from completing the comic, I will work with you until the comic is finished. 

What if I can’t afford to pay for the course all at once?

Not a problem. I’m very flexible with payment plans. Talk to me about it and I promise you that I will make you an offer that you cannot refuse. If you think there is no way that you could afford this course then think again. Often I have found that people chicken out about actually doing the work by using the “I can’t afford it” excuse. I will work with you in ways that no “real” school would ever work with you. Also my course is way more affordable than just about any other comics program out there. 

Thanks! Please email me santoroschoolATgmail with any questions regarding the course. Applications are due by June 19 2014. The course begins July 1st.

The application is: 3 landscape drawings, 3 still life drawings, and 3 figure drawings. All done on blank 3 x 5 inch index cards. Draw in direct pen with no pencil underdrawing. Also send me any specific urls of comics work you have done. If you haven’t done comics before that is not a problem.

You will never meet someone as enthusiastic about comics as me. I’m a good coach. Check out what some of my former students have to say about the course:

http://comicsworkbook.tumblr.com/post/88273321337/jack-brougham-theevenkeelofyoursoftmoods-this

http://whitecomics.tumblr.com/post/22454590580/franksantoro-frank-santoro-correspondence

http://franksantoro.tumblr.com/post/38569714343

http://emotionaldistance.tumblr.com/post/50259885873/emotionaldistance-comicsworkbook-im-going-to

http://disciplinegeorgejurard.tumblr.com/post/49545266581/fantagraphics-comicsworkbook-im-going-to-be

Here’s me Brandon Graham and Robin McConnell yakking about Moebius and other shit

http://www.inkstuds.org/frank-santoro-and-brandon-graham/

and here are a couple other Inkstuds to check out

http://www.inkstuds.org/frank-santoro-3/

http://www.inkstuds.org/frank-santoro-4/

Thanks!

Apply, apply!

teenyrobots:

Finally, my favorite mythical characters in one place. I hope you’re ready for Symbolia’s next issue, it’s going to be hecka rad.

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mixtapecomics:

Just finished colouring a 12-page story for Symbolia that I’ve been working on for the last month. Colouring is definitely not my strongest suit but I think I did alright. I’m super stoked to be able to work with Symbolia and I’m looking forward to sharing the whole story with you soon.

katlay:

Oh hey, look what’s out today! The Bravest Warriors Impossibear Special! Here’s the first of four pages I wrote and drew for it! Check it ooooout.
It has potty stuff in it!

We’d recognize those rich textures anywhere. Congrats, Kat! (You can see more of Kat’s work in the following issues of Symbolia: Space, True Crime, and We Don’t Belong. Buy them all in a back issue bundle!

katlay:

Oh hey, look what’s out today! The Bravest Warriors Impossibear Special! Here’s the first of four pages I wrote and drew for it! Check it ooooout.

It has potty stuff in it!

We’d recognize those rich textures anywhere. Congrats, Kat! (You can see more of Kat’s work in the following issues of Symbolia: Space, True Crime, and We Don’t Belong. Buy them all in a back issue bundle!

“Neuroscientific research supports what narrative nonfiction storytellers instinctively know: Stories with clear, emotionally evocative dramatic arcs are most effective at keeping readers engaged. These stories cause the body to produce chemicals including cortisol, which focuses attention, as well as oxytocin, which is associated with empathy. They also light up areas of the brain linked to understanding others.”
— Erin Polgreen wrote an essay for Nieman Reports on the power of comics and non-fiction narratives.

Symbolia worked with Nieman Reports to tell the story of YanukovychLeaks, an unprecedented collaboration amongst Ukrainian journalists in the wake of the Euromaidan protests. 

Click here to read the story in full.

Huge props to Roxanne Palmer for reporting and illustrating the story.

It was a huge honor to speak at Cusp Conference. Watch Symbolia’s cofounders Erin Polgreen and Joyce Rice talk about why we do what they do—and why it’s important to the future of storytelling. (via Cusp Conference - Videos)

Super psyched to see Symbolia contributor and all-around rad lady Sarah Glidden on the re-launch of TCJ Talkies, a graphic novel book club podcast. Give it a listen already!