Correspondence Course

I'm starting a cartooning correspondence course. An 8-week workshop.

My writing for ComicsComics led to teaching workshops in my studio about the value of geometry and layouts for comic book makers. The Layout Workbook series I've started here at The Comics Journal online has garnered a tremendous response. I have a very unique viewpoint from both the fine arts world and the world of comics - and I am super geeked about this correspondence course. This course is for those who want to study comics from someone who is truly passionate and knowledgeable about the form.

There are a lot of cartooning courses and classes available right now. CCS, SVA, and SCAD - but I want to do it differently: a one-on-one 8-week correspondence course over phone, e-mail and snail mail.  I'd like to use the work and development for a book about making comics.  I'm going to focus specifically on advancing your understanding of layouts, color, contour line drawing, and printmaking for producing comic books.  The 8-week class is $500. This class is limited: only ten students will be accepted.

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 at the Fumetto comics festival in Switzerland. 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.

You don't have to move to a different city to attend one of the few schools that exist for making comic books. Put your money directly towards training - not living expenses. I will design your course with you  - figure out what kind of comics you want to make. Take a course with me and I guarantee you will learn from my specialized experience of straddling both the fine arts and comic book worlds.

I'm accepting applications for the 8-week course until October 28th, 2011. The course begins the first week of November. I'm taking ten students. See below for application guidelines. Email me any questions. Old folks send me young folks. Pass this announcement on. I hope to offer this course again in the future -- but I'm not making any promises:  it's possible this will be the only time I will be able to do it ( and, even if there are future sessions, chances are they will be more expensive. )


Frank Santoro


Correspondence Course application guidelines:

Send me an email to capneasyATgmailDOTcom that you want to apply for the November course and small jpgs of:

1. Six to ten pages of a comic book narrative you have written and drawn. Sequential pages of one story. Something old or something new - doesn't matter. It just has to be the first six to ten pages of a narrative. Color or black and white. Gray okay.

2. One figure drawing. Must be drawn from life. Color or black and white. Gray okay.

3. One landscape drawing. Color or black and white. Gray okay.

Deadline is October 28th, 2011.

Potential students may email me for more details about the course itself.

Payment plans are available for those serious about taking the course.


Check out my Workbook Series here at The Comics Journal online.  Below are some images from the series. Thanks everyone for all the emails and interest.