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How to become a comic creator

For those of you who want to know all about comics and how they are made, the group, Fragmented Few, is holding a comic workshop in the city, that will expose students to the different types of comics in the world.

books Updated: Oct 08, 2011 02:04 IST
Chetna Dua

For those of you who want to know all about comics and how they are made, the group, Fragmented Few, is holding a comic workshop in the city. The four day workshop, spread over two weeks, will expose students to the different types of comics in the world, followed by the process that goes into creating various characters and the storyline around them.

Formed by college friends Akshat Sinha, Bhanu Pratap and Veraat Singh last year, the group prefers to experiment with artistic mediums and challenges rather than follow the well-trodden path. “Comics are the only form of expression that uses both art and words together. It gives great freedom to express what is happening in society,” says Sinha, a mechanical engineer who changed his profession to art at the age of 38.

After getting a great response to their first comic - The Damned Book (a horror comic) at the Comicon held at Dilli Haat last year, the group is now working on the sequel called, Damned Book 2.

They also carry on their individual works or collaborations on the side. “While writing is a lonely process and animations are usually created in a group, comic is the only art form which gives you the option of creating alone or as a group,” says Pratap.

The workshop will delve into the basics of comic- making. People will be asked to create a character of their choice with some special power, create a story around him or her and divide it in proper panels over four or five pages.

“We will check for aspects like consistency of character in terms of drawing and story along with sound and visual effects depiction,” says Sinha.

Beginners in art can also participate in the workshop.

Types of comics
Webcomics: Comics created for websites
Photonovella - photo based comics, targeted for young women, romantic storylines
Motion comics - comics in multimedia with some level of animation like Watchmen: Motion Comics
Continuation comics: Series created to continue a television show, for instance CBS’s Heroes had an entire comic series online

Catch it here
What: Comic Creation Work
When: 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd October
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Where: Bubble Fuelled, V-31/1, DLF III, Gurgaon
Price: R1,500 per person
Contact: 9971134096
Nearest Metro Station: HUDA City Centre on the Yellow Line