Online Comics Class with Jane Porter

Have you always wanted to make your own comics? Or get motivated to start a regular diary comic? Would you benefit from a weekly comics challenge and being part of a friendly, supportive peer group? Do you need some accountability to actually Get Things Done? Then this online class is for you! It’s live on Zoom and very interactive – you will feel part of a warm, nurturing and welcoming community.

Classes are held every Wednesday in 10 week blocks – you can choose whether to join the morning class (11am to 1pm) or the evening class (7-9pm, all UK time).

Each session starts with exercises and prompts, which we share on our group Padlet (an online safe and private space for sharing work) to chat about at break time. There will be lots of friendly feedback from me and your fellow classmates.

Small group size – maximum 15

Each term we build up to a Zine Swap – we pick a theme together, and each student (and me!) makes a mini comic from a single folded sheet of A4 paper. If you love getting post, you will be thrilled when the little bundle of everyone’s Zines pops through your letterbox towards the end of term.

Topics covered during the ten week course include: diary comics, working from prompts, layout and panels, storytelling and pacing, inking, creating atmosphere, and being inventive with compositions.

Each week you will be emailed a handout packed with inspiring examples and tips.

And we always end the term with a session filled with drawing games.

At only £175 this course is exceptionally good value.

Payment is by Paypal or bank transfer. Email me at janeporterillustrator@gmail.com for details and to book.

Term dates:

Summer 2024: Wednesday 24th April to 3rd July, with a half-term break on 29th May.

What the students say:

“I get questions all the time about this comics course I keep raving about, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for some creative fun!  Martina, Switzerland

“It’s been truly life-giving to be with you and everyone and creating together weekly. Thankyou”  Kana, Japan

“I learned so much over the last 10 weeks and can’t wait to find a bit more time to play with some of the ideas I was playing around with in class. If you want to do comics and need a little friendly nudge, I highly recommend Jane’s classes!” Zara, Virginia

“This is by far the best class-experience I’ve ever had! Thanks for letting me jump in” Barbara, Switzerland

“I really love having dedicated time to work on comics. It’s been such a lovely course and I’d love to continue again – I keep telling everyone how fabulous this course is!” Denise, Chicago

Jane’s comics class is so much fun, I’ve done it three times! The group is always super friendly and supportive. I’ve gained so much confidence, and have really expanded my visual storytelling skills.  The course is very well structured and researched, and Jane brings her incredible experience and humour to guide the group to make wonderful work. It’s a pleasure to draw and share stories with everyone – from the moving to the mundane. The highlight at the end is the joyous international ‘zine swap. Thank you Jane! Louise, Lancashire

“I want to thank you for your workshops, all the hard work you put into it. It is so well made. I loved it! So thank you again!” Malu, Belgium

“I love the course. It’s very inspiring – I wouldn’t have felt ready to challenge myself to create characters and tell stories without it, so it was just what I needed. I don’t know how you’ve managed to create that feeling of “really meeting” and connecting with other people through zoom. But you have. And it’s lovely.” J, The Netherlands

“Your class allows so many of us to feel like we’re not on an island, that being an illustrator is a real thing, and that there are others like me trying to find their wavy way into or how to navigate illustration, picture book making and/or comics! You’re a breath of fresh air and a peek into my wish for the future.” Abby, Minnesota USA

“The course really challenged me to work in a way I haven’t before. Even in such a short time I’ve noticed I can draw and tell visual stories with much more confidence. Plus it has been fun and lovely to see other people’s work. Very inspiring. And you always give such encouraging and helpful feedback.”  Zannie

“I enjoyed the classes so much. Thanks to your great teaching skills and prompts, the course has opened up all sorts of ideas and avenues to explore. It was also a pleasure to see the work of the other students and their different approaches.”  Valerie

“The advice, support and encouragement allowed me to find my own style and to tell stories in a more engaging way. The classes were really inspiring, and it was also great being part of a supportive encouraging community”  Brian

And here’s a beautiful comic, ‘Heart Dance’, made by Kana expressing how she feels about the course!