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How to write a comic book: A masterclass with Marvel's Kieron Gillen

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (GMT)

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Learn how to get your concept onto the page and out into the world, in this evening masterclass with Kieron Gillen.

Marvel is having a moment. From the minute details in the world-building to the complexity of the characters and the scale of the stories, there are few things more exciting than a really brilliant comic book.

If you have an idea or concept for your own comic, but aren’t sure how to break into a seemingly closed industry, this masterclass with Marvel’s Kieron Gillen is for you. The writer of a huge range of comics - including the critically acclaimed The Wicked + The Divine, and Marvel Comics’ Young Avengers - Kieron will give you the advice he wishes he had heard at the start of his career.

Combining anecdotes, practical takeaways and a breaking down of individual stories and pages (plus Q&A), Kieron will take you through how to construct your jump-off point into a strong story, how the industry works - and doesn’t work, how to maintain your unique voice and style in a process that might involve more opinions than you’re used to - and more.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the leading comic book writers in the world. If you’re in the early stages of crafting your own comic, you’re trying to get yours to land in a difficult industry, or if you simply have a story to tell, this is an unmissable chance to have your questions answered, and - more importantly - be on your way to realising your comic writing dream.

Course content

  • What a comic script is, what it isn't and how to make yours yours without making an artist want to kill you.

  • How the industry works and doesn't work. Demystification and warnings.

  • The whole Process - building your idea, your team and the book to show the world.

  • How do you work with artists, editors, inkers, colourists and everyone else. What works? What's ethical? What's both?

  • Narrative structure, at every level - the panel, the page, the issue, the series.

  • Q&A

Tutor profile

Kieron Gillen is a British comic book writer. He is known for co-creating the acclaimed comics The Wicked + The Divine, DIE and Phonogram. He has also worked on numerous projects for Marvel Comics, including Uncanny X-Men, Darth Vader, Young Avengers, Iron Man and Star Wars.

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Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard
EC2A 3EA London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (GMT)

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Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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