Enrollment for the 2017 Artists Workshop expired on March 1, 2017.

Artists Workshop

Dynamic Characters!

Our main business is superheroes — let your characters jump off the page!


Panel-to-panel relationships are key. Show us you know how to lay out a page.


In sequential pages, we like to see the setup for a character’s entrance or reveal payoff by the final page.

Keep It Fresh

Our heroes, despite our 80-year history, have only been around for a relatively short time in current continuity. The world shouldn’t feel as if superheroes are old-hat and boring. Keep the characters young and the clothing styles and tech modern.

Be Aware Of The Precious Real Estate

You can only use so many panels out of 20 pages. Make sure you:

  • Establish All Characters And Places. An establishing shot at the top of the page is typical, but anywhere on the page will do. Always set the scene and incorporate who the characters are, how they relate to each other, and what their powers are in the least amount of room possible.
  • Think Visually. Showing powers, and action, is key. Remember, you have no “budget” — don’t have people sitting around in a diner, at a table, in a bar, in a warehouse too much. We’re not TV and we don’t pay for the sets.
  • Show Characters’ Real-Life Personas And Superhero Personas. ‘Nuff said.

Recommended Reading

The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics by Klaus Janson

The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics by Klaus Janson

Dynamic Figure Drawing by Burne Hogarth

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema

Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers by Marcos Mateu-Mestre and Jeffrey Katzenberg

Comics and Sequential Art: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist (Will Eisner Instructional Books by Will Eisner)

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud

Making Comics by Scott McCloud

Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud

Character Mentor by Tom Bancroft