Topic: The Comic Strip: Multi-Panel Storytelling


  • To understand the concept of multi-panel storytelling.
  • To consider the concepts of time and action in sequential art.
  • To consider the ways words and images interact in comics.
  • To familiarize students with the typical workflow of working professional comic-book artists.
  • To familiarize students with materials and to introduce inking techniques.


Warm Up Drawing SELF PORTRAIT 4min

Adrian Tomine cartoonist profile

Student Lead Reading Response 20 min

CRITIQUE: 1-panel comic

LECTURE: Visual Metaphor

DISCUSSION: Chapters 3 & 4 of Understanding Comics

LECTURE: TIME as it relates to comics:

  • Gutter, Sequence, and & Closure


LECTURE: Traditional Comics Workflow

LECTURE & DEMO: Supplies & Processes

CRITIQUE: Workshop final project ideas

Review Assignments and Expectations for Next Week’s Class

Due Next Week

  • In Sketchbook (aim for 5) DAILY DIARY PAGES
  • Begin Homework 2 4-Panel Comics (aim for 2-3 ideas)
  • FINAL PROJECT: CHOOSE 1 scene from your final project outline. By next week’s class, break this scene down to its individual beats.
  • List or sketch these beats. Don’t worry about layout, quality of drawing, or style.

READ: Jessica Abel Chapters 1, 2 & 3 Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

*READ: Lighter than my Shadow – Katie Green, ONI press*

*Please note the order on the reading list has changed, with the purpose of inspiring students who are working with abstract concepts in their narratives.