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Art of the Comic Book | David Marshall, Instructor

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Assignments

All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the designated date, unless otherwise noted. Late assignments and make-up work will be accepted up to one week after the due date for half credit. Assignments may not be submitted electronically, except by prior arrangement with the instructor. All writing assignments must be typed.

Email To Instructor

This is your first assignment, due within 48 hours of our first session:

  • Send from an account you check frequently
  • Send to dsm@artofthecomicbook.com
  • Subject line:
    Art of the Comic Book - Summer 2011 | YourName
  • Answer these survey questions:
    • What is your experience with comic books?
    • What is your major and/or career?
    • How did you hear about this class?
    • What are your favorite comics
    • Who are your favorite writers/artists
    • What comics have you done?
    • Are you involved in any comics-related groups/activities
    • Anything else about yourself that you want

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My Day

3 Pages of Plot + Art. Write and draw a story of your day (morning, noon, and/or night.) Focus on personal details unique to you.

  • Phase 1: Thumbnail + Research
  • Phase 2: Pencil + Lettering (Ames 3.5)
  • Phase 3: Inking
  • Phase 4: Sign-off

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Folk Tale (Part One of Two): Script

Write a detailed Full Script, in Microsoft Word, for 3 pages of story. Do whatever it takes to make it your own (alternative time periods, personal details, experimental techniques, a "lost ending" approach, etc.) Provide research, setting + character notes.

  • Phase 1: Research
  • Phase 2: First Draft
  • Phase 3: Sign-off

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Folk Tale (Part Two of Two): Art

3 pages from a Full Script. Follow the script as tightly — yet creatively — as possible.

  • Phase 1: Thumbnail + Research
  • Phase 2: Pencilling + Lettering (Ames 3.5)
  • Phase 3: Inking
  • Phase 4: Sign-off

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Folk Tale (Part One of Two): Script

Write a detailed Full Script, in Microsoft Word, for 3 pages of story. Do whatever it takes to make it your own (alternative time periods, personal details, experimental techniques, a "lost ending" approach, etc.) Provide research, setting + character notes.

  • Phase 1: Research
  • Phase 2: First Draft
  • Phase 3: Sign-off

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Folk Tale (Part Two of Two): Art

3 pages from a Full Script. Follow the script as tightly — yet creatively — as possible.

  • Phase 1: Thumbnail + Research
  • Phase 2: Pencilling + Lettering (Ames 3.5)
  • Phase 3: Inking
  • Phase 4: Sign-off

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Zip's Last Day

3 pages from a Full Script. Follow the script as tightly — yet creatively — as possible.

  • Phase 1: Thumbnail + Research
  • Phase 2: Pencil + Lettering (Ames 3.5)
  • Phase 3: Inking
  • Phase 4: Sign-off

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Marvel Method (Part One of Three): Plot

3 pages of Story. Writers and Artists team up to plot a new story. No editorial parameters.

  • Phase 1: Team A Brainstorm
  • Phase 2: Team B Brainstorm
  • Phase 3: Homework - Everyone pencils all three pages loosely

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Marvel Method (Part Two of Three): Pencil

3 pages (Continued).

  • Phase 1: Writers put in copy "Marvel Style"
  • Phase 2: Finish pencilling the story
  • Phase 3: Homework - Finish pencilling all 3 pages

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Marvel Method (Part Three of Three): Ink

3 pages (Continued).

  • Phase 1: Letter (Ames 4.5)
  • Phase 2: Inking
  • Phase 3: Homework - Finish inking all 3 pages

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