During this workshop, I challenge students to make a series of stripped down comics in a predetermined, “House Style.” The now defunct industry term, “House Style,” was a standardized visual aesthetic that a comics publishing company required their artist to follow (e.g. Archive, Marvel, DC, etc.). In keeping with this approach, the students are given model sheets with simple rendering of four characters and three settings. They are then given one of three storylines to follow. They then have to create their own wordless three-page comics and are only allowed to use Comic Sans BOLD for their title.
Kosmo K's story at The Animation Workshop in Viborg Denmark (Spring 2018)
- Students create a sequential narrative based on a predetermined visual language.
- Students employ elements and principles of design in a sequential narrative in order to create a cohesive story.
- Students break down their stories into individual panels to explore and discover multiple ways of telling a story.
- Students collaborate with each other by trading their own panels to create new and unforeseen story arcs.
- Students draw a simple story arc without the use of text.
- Students create a three-page comic with one “splash” page.
- Students scan, edit and lay out a saddle-stitch comic anthology containing their collective “House Style” Comics.