My name is Frank Santoro.
Have you ever thought about taking “comic book lessons”? Maybe you already know how to draw a comic book and would like to just brush up on your composition skills. Maybe you have never drawn a comic book before but always wish you had. Perhaps there is someone close to you who dreams of drawing comics?
Well, the Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers may be just perfect for you! I will guide you through the steps necessary to complete your own original 16 page comic book in a matter of weeks. Learn the tricks of the trade from a working cartoonist! I have been doing this correspondence course for three years now and the ”learn from home” method of teaching comics yields real results! (please take a moment to read the student testimonials that follow)
"I’ve learned more in this class than in 6 years of art school."-Sarah Nawrocki
"I took this class and I can recommend it strongly if you’re on the fence." -Connor Willumsen
"So, I completed this course just a few weeks back, and I can honestly recommend it. I got a lot about the process of making comics, which will alter the way I create long form comics in the future. I also learned things about panel composition, general composition, and page composition. The best thing I can say about it is this: I graduated from an art school in the late 90’s (when there were zero comic theory classes). I got almost nothing that could be directly applied to comics there. I got more in two months of this course than I did in my four years of art school. If you want to improve your comics, this is worth looking into." -Ian McMurray
The winter course will begin on February 5th 2014.
The focus will be on advancing your understanding of layouts, color, contour line drawing, and printmaking for producing comic books. The 8-week class is $500. Payment plans available. This class is limited: only ten students will be accepted.
Who the hell am I? 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 the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. 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. Gilbert Hernandez said my comic Pompeiiwas “pretty good”.
My most recent book Pompeii was reviewed by the Los Angeles review of Books. Please check it out here.https://lareviewofbooks.org/review/the-volcano-lovers-frank-santoros-pompeii
-3 figure drawings done on blank 3 x 5 index cards
-3 landscape drawings done on blank 3 x 5 index cards
-3 still life drawings done on blank 3 x 5 cards
-specific url links to any comics work you have done.
Applications due by January 15th. Email me - santoroschoolATgmailDOTcom - and I will send you an invite to the course blog so you see what it’s like. Check out my Layout Workbook series over at The Comics Journal. Overseas students welcome. Payment plans available - I will work with you to make it affordable.
Also! I am offering an “early admission price” of 400 bux to anyone who applies and is accepted by Dec 25th 2013. Ask for it for Christmas! Give it as a gift!
Concerned about not having enough time to do the course? Many students have full time jobs. The “learn at home” method works on YOUR time.
For those interested in seeing the private course blog:
Please email me santoroschoolATgmailDOTcom and ask for an invite. I will send you a private link to the present version of the course.
Thanks for reading this.
Here are some more testimonials from former students:
"I took Frank’s course over the summer (see “Seeds”), and I can vouch for his encyclopedic comics wisdom and the effectiveness of his approach. He will teach you things you didn’t even know you needed to learn. If you love creating comics, telling stories in a sequential visual kind of way, then hit Frank up with an application for this bad boy. This is the correct way for you to spend the next 8 weeks of your life.”
"I heartily recommend [Frank’s course] if you want to to learn a lot about layout,storytelling and process & bang out a quick 16 pager."
**image at top of post by Hergé from King Ottokar’s Sceptre - I show how Hergé uses dynamic symmetry here