“COMICS STRIPPED BARE™” SERIES – with Craig Phillips


In this masterclass Craig will dissect three short stories “X”, “Y” and Z” from his recently released best-selling graphic novel Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts: Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods. Craig will discuss the creative decision-making process behind the anthology as a whole, and then will break down each story panel by panel. He will not only focus on HOW he has adapted each fairytale 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 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 art of adapting prose fairytales to the comics medium
  •  Understanding the graphic novel creation process from scripting to thumbnails to roughs to finished coloured and lettered artwork
  • Choosing a narrative style and planning story arcs
  • Adding variety to through the choice of framing and panel points-of-view
  • Establishing key moments
  • Adding drama and mood through settings
  • And more.

About the Presenter

Craig Phillips

Craig Phillips has created cover illustrations and interior art for Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Hachette, Bloomsbury, Wizards of the Coast, Oxford University Press and many other publishers. He has also exhibited with the Society of Illustrators and Spectrum Fantastic Art in New York , and recently completed eighteen illustrations and cover art for Neil Gaiman’s American Gods colouring book.

Craig recently completed writing and illustrating his first graphic novel, Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts: Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods, a compilation of world tales retold as comics, which will be published by Allen and Unwin Australia in May 2017. Craig currently lives and works by Lake Taupo, New Zealand, and he always feels most at home while making comics.
Website: http://craigphillips.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Giants-Trolls-Witches-Beasts-1523222911332182/

Event Information

Date: Saturday XX April 2018
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 and developing 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: $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 March and April 2017 issues of THE COMICS VOICE.

If you are a member of a partner organisation, please fill in your MEMBERSHIP NUMBER if you were issued with one. All partner organisation members will be verified prior to the event.

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Registration is limited to 100 people!


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