BREAKING INTO EUROPEAN COMICS: How to Find Professional Work on the Continent



European comic art is known as the “ninth art” with 100+ years of tradition. There are many different styles and techniques, and comics publishing keeps changing as it touches upon multiples fields of visual arts. European comics are so celebrated that the Louvre recently gave space for a retrospective on the history of modern comic art, graphic novels and bande dessinée. This masterclass will provide Australian comics creators with knowledge about the European publishing scene, as well as how to create opportunities to find professional work.


Who Should Attend

This masterclass is ideal if you:

  • An emerging, developing or established professional comic book artist or graphic novelist who wants to break into the European comics market
  • A professional comic book writer or graphic novelist who wants to collaborate with an artist and be published in Europe
  • A story-boarder, cartoonist, illustrator, novelist or animator who wants to cross over into comics and graphic novels
  • A teacher, librarian or academic who is exploring comic books and graphic novels in the classroom.

What You Will Learn

The masterclass will give you insight on:

  • The differences between the various European markets (especially Italy, France, and Belgium)
  • The definition of “bande dessinée”
  • Styles and sensibility such as the traditional French “ligne claire” (clear line work)
  • Storytelling techniques
  • Target markets and distribution
  • The collaboration process
  • How to present your portfolio or project to a European publisher
  • Career planning for the professional comics artist and writer.

Your Presenter

Thomas Campi is an award-winning Italian graphic novelist who now resides in Sydney, Australia. Thomas has been drawing comics for over 17 years, and his work has been published in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil, and Korea by publishers such as Sergio Bonelli Editore (Italy), Ediciones La Cúpula, LeLombard (France-Belgium), Dupuis (France-Belgium), Munhakdongne (Korea), amongst others. The graphic novels Les Larmes De Seigneur Afghan, script by the RTBF (National Belgian Television) reporter Pascale Bourgaoux and Vincent Zabus, which was published for Dupuis Editions, and Macaroni! have been awarded the Cognito Prize as Best Documentary Graphic Novel at the Belgium Book Fair. In May 2014 Thomas received the International Spectrum Fantastic Art 21 Gold Comic Award. His last solo exhibition was “Les Petites Gens” at the Comic Strip Center of Brussels, Belgium. His latest graphic novel Magritte-Ceci n’est pas une biographie (this is not a biography) script by Vincent Zabus, published by Le Lombard with support of the Magritte Museum (Brussels, Belgium) is about to be translated into Italian (Coconino Press), German (Carlssen) and English (SelfMadeHero). He is currently working in collaboration with Julian Voloj on Joe Shuster a graphic novel about the creators of Superman, which will be published in seven languages at the end of the year.

Event Information

Date: Saturday 24 February 2018
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Duration: 2 hours
Format: Online
Audience: Age: 15+
Comics Category: Comic books and graphic novels
Mastery: Entrepreneurial mastery
Level: Emerging, developing and established comics creators
Materials & Equipment: Computer with a good internet connection plus pen, notebook
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

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, but would still like to access the recording then please register for the webinar. The recording will be sent to you within 24 hours of the webinar going live.

Further Information: Email 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 January and February 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.

If you have attended ACAF 2018 in Canberra, please find your COUPON CODE on the masterclass brochure you picked up at the Comics Mastermind artists’ alley table.

By registering for the event, you will be agreeing to the Comics Mastermind™  Terms and Conditions.

Registration is limited to 100 people!

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