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Creative Comic Coaching with Gibson Twist

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July 18, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm EDT

Guided exploration of personal habits

Self discovery instead of instructions and formula

Gain an understanding of your own creative process

What is in this course?

A bespoke coaching journey with a mix of group and individual conversations to discover a comic-making process that works for you, to help you make the comics you want to make, the way you want to make them.

Each week, one group session to share and discuss unconventional comics and unique ways of making them, plus one individual weekly coaching session at a time of their choosing.

The course will be in two parts. Each week will have a group session at the same time (roughly midday on Mondays.) These sessions will be more general in tone, addressing a variety of topics related to the diversity of comic styles, subjects, methods, and audience. These will be recorded for anyone who is unable to attend live.

There will also be a separate one-on-one session per week in which each student will meet with me individually to discuss their own challenges and goals, to find the process that works for them. These will be scheduled at the student’s convenience. While they will not be recorded by me, the student can record and keep these sessions for their own use.

OBJECTIVE

  • To help artists find their place and their path in making comics and sequential art
  • To help artists build tools for themselves to overcome personal obstacles and question perceived rules
  • This is not a course on how to make comics, but to help focus on the kind of comics that meet your vision and personality

Syllabus

Group sessions will happen every Monday at 1p EST. In addition, a separate one-on-one session will be scheduled at the student’s convenience.

WEEK 1:
July 17, 2023
WELCOME TO COMICS COACHING – Introductions, who makes what and what are your main objectives in the course? Different kinds of comics, which is right for you?
WEEK 2:
July 24, 2023
THE KIND OF COMICS I WANT TO MAKE – working professional, enthusiastic hobbyist, idle tinkerer, one-and-done, how to know and how to be cool with it
WEEK 3:
July 31, 2023
WRITING A MISSION STATEMENT
-what are your goals for your career
-who is your ideal/intended audience
-what do you want your work to achieve
WEEK 4:
August 7, 2023
OUR PERCEPTIONS VS THE REALITY OF COMICS – examining our Mission Statements and how they relate to what we see others do and assumptions we make about how we’re supposed to conform or differ. “It’s okay to do it differently and it’s okay not to differ.” “I don’t care what I think I should be, I know who I am.”
WEEK 5:
August 14, 2023
HOW DO I FIND THE TIME? – Discovering and creating ways to fit making comics into your life, examining your working environment, the process of your working habits, getting the most out of your working time
WEEK 6:
August 21, 2023
CREATING A CAREER PATH – making a plan to begin, continue, and solidify your jouirney from Aspiring to Established “There’s no such thing as breaking into comics. There’s only breaking out in comics.”

TESTIMONIALS

“Gibson helped me think through how to approach my project by listening to what I wanted from it and then helping me connect the dots on how to make it happen. He encouraged me to look past the conventional if it wasn’t working for me and not be afraid to do things a different way. He encouraged me to invest in myself and gave practical advice for how I could gain more confidence in my work.”


– Sarah Giles

“Gibson Twist is an extremely skilled storyteller, professional mentor, and trustworthy colleague whose extensive experience and passion for his trade is rivaled only by his unwavering generosity towards his peers, particularly those early in their careers who benefit most from his experience. He is a solid, steadfast figure in the community and a deeply compassionate friend and human. The comics industry feels a little safer and the world a little brighter with him in it.”

– Aster Santiago

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

​​Gibson Twist

Gibson has been making and self-publishing comics for over 30 years, and is currently producing a Wuthering Heights graphic novel with partner Rori for Andrews McMeel Universal. While his love of questioning authority tends to get him into trouble, asking unusual questions lets him help others to find new perspectives.

6 WEEK CREATIVE COMICS COACHING
with GIBSON TWIST
July 10th – August 18th

FAQ

No. There won't be any instructional artistic lessons in that sense. The focus will be on discovering personal habits and creative processes to facilitate making comics rather than teaching the craft itself. The course is designed to help you teach yourself how to make comics.

This course is not ideal for those who've never made comics, but is good for people with a basic idea of comics even if they're not experienced at making them. The course is designed chiefly to help overcome problems that keep from them from making comics their own way.

Nope! Very little of the focus will be on individual projects. Instead, we'll concentrate on the way you're making comics that should resonate with all of your future projects as well as current development.

The course will be in two parts. Each week will have a group session at the same time (roughly midday on Mondays.) These sessions will be more general in tone, addressing a variety of topics related to the diversity of comic styles, subjects, methods, and audience. These will be recorded for anyone who is unable to attend live.

There will also be a separate one-on-one session per week in which each student will meet with me individually to discuss their own challenges and goals, to find they process that works for them. These will be scheduled at the student's convenience. While they will not be recorded by me, the student can record and keep theses sessions for their own use.

Not really. In our individual sessions, we'll focus on your assessment of your own work rather than mine. I may offer thoughts stylistic choices and the like, but the point is less about my view of your comics than about your view of your comics.

Not directly. While I will answer whatever questions you have on that subject to the best of my ability, the aim is mainly toward creative efforts rather than on publishing.

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