In this masterclass US comics extraordinaire Colleen Doran dissects her new graphic novel Troll Bridge, an adaptation from a Neil Gaiman short story. Colleen will discuss the creative decision-making process, and then will break the story down panel by panel. She will not only focus on HOW she adapted the story from its source material, but also on WHAT has been written and illustrated in each panel and WHY, paying special attention to scripting, art style, colour palette, layouts and panel points of view, dynamic, emotional resonance and more.

The “Comics Stripped Bare™” series is a new Comics Mastermind™ creative initiative that works on the presumption that in order to truly understand something you need to pull it apart

Who Should Participate

This masterclass is ideal if you are:

  • A beginner or established comics creator who is serious about your craft or wants to learn more about a pro’s creative process
  • An animator, cartoonist, TV or film scriptwriter, storyboard artist, novelist or illustrator who wants to cross into the comics medium and focus on creating comic books and graphic novels
  • A teacher, librarian or academic who is exploring comic books and graphic novels in the classroom.

What You Will Learn

This masterclass will give you insights into:

  • Understanding the creative decision-making process
  • Understanding the adaptation process
  • How to do page layouts and select panel points of view (shots)
  • Establishing lyrical flow and dynamic
  • Adding mood through settings.

About the Presenter

Colleen Doran is the New York Times bestselling artist for the Neil Gaiman graphic novel Troll Bridge, and Stan Lee’s autobiography Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible Stan Lee, which received a Young Adult Library Services Great Graphic Novels for Teens nomination. She has illustrated books that have won Eisner and Harvey Awards, and the International Horror Guild Award. Art from the Troll Bridge graphic novel was selected for the Spectrum annual collection featuring the best science fiction and fantasy art of the year.

Recent works include American Gods with Neil Gaiman. 2017 will see the release of The Clock with Matt Hawkins for Top Cow at Image Comics, a new project with Red and Transmetropolitan writer Warren Ellis entitled Finality from Line Webtoon, Blue Beetle and other works for DC Comics and Dark Horse.

Other current books include issues of the Eisner nominated Faith, Justice League 3001, Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary, and covers for The Walking Dead, Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., A-Force, Red Sonja, and Squirrel Girl. She also worked with Alan Moore on an experimental animated webcomic Big Nemo based on the classic Winsor McCay comic strip.

On The Vampire Diaries she contributed as writer and artist for the comic book based on the hit television show, and was the artist on the award-winning graphic novels Mangaman and Gone to Amerikay.

Colleen became a professional artist as a teenager, and has hundreds of credits. Clients include Lucasfilm, Random House, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Simon and Schuster, and Disney. She has illustrated Amazing Spider-Man, The Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Superman, Sandman, and she is the sole creator of the graphic novel series A Distant Soil for Image Comics, which Vector: The Journal of the British Science Fiction Association declared “groundbreaking science fiction comics…ahead of its time.”

Event Information

Date: Saturday 21 October 2017
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Duration: 2 hours
Format: Online
Audience: Age: 15+
Comics Category: Comic books / graphic novels
Mastery: Creative development
Level: Aspiring, emerging, developing and established comics creators
Materials & Equipment: Computer with a good internet connection plus pen, notebook, and / or computer to take notes
Investment: Please find following our fee structure:

  • The Comics Voice Ezine Subscribers and Oz Comic-Con (Sydney 2017) sign ups: $57
  • Partner organisation – Australian Cartoonists’ Association (ACA), Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Australian Writers Network (AWN), Book Expo Australia (BEA), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Sydney Comics Guild (SCG): $77
  • Full: $97

Further Information: Email admin@comicsmastermind.com or phone (02) 9606 4728 or 0412 445 511.


Please nominate the appropriate fee category on the the PayPal pull down menu below to register for the webinar. If you are an ezine subscriber you will find your COUPON CODE in the May, June and July 2017 issues of THE COMICS VOICE.

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Registration is limited to 100 people!

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