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The Graphic Memoir Class


The Graphic Memoir Class

This class is now full. Please call the store or email to be put on the waitlist. 

Recommended Books:

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, by Scott McCloud

*Supply list will be provided to registrants upon enrollment

Five Sessions: Monday, January 30; Wednesday, February 29;
Thursday, March 29; Monday, April 30; Thursday, May 31 
-- 7-9:30 p.m.

Price: $130 ($110 members)


The graphic memoir is an exciting development in modern literature, filling the niche between prose and film. As exemplified by Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, the combination of images and words strengthens, magnifies, and illuminates in unique ways the large and small truths of life.

This course will lead students step by step through the process of creating a short graphic memoir: outline, rough sketches, thumbnails, penciling, lettering, inking, and editing. We will also study and analyze the work of graphic memoirists such as Lynda Barry, Gabrielle Bell, Chester Brown and Robert Crumb. No background (or particular talent!) in art or writing is required. Just come with a desire to learn how to express yourself in a fresh, fun and exciting way.


Janice Shapiro is a writer, graphic memoirist and screenwriter. She is the author of Bummer and Other Stories (Soft Skull Press, $14.95). Her stories and comics have been published in The North American Review, The Santa Monica Review, Fifty-Two Stories, Storyville, Devil’s Lake, The Seattle Review, and Mixer Publications.

ISBN-13: 9780060780944
Availability: Not currently in the store – Usually ships in 1-5 days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 9/2006

ISBN-13: 9780060976255
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 4/1994

ISBN-13: 9781593762964
Availability: Not currently shipping from publisher – Subject to future availability
Published: Soft Skull Press, 11/2010