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Comic Book Art Institute Workshops now in Session!

I am most excited to announce that we have acquired a permanent teaching space at the Frank & Son Collectible Show in the City of Industry, CA.  We are now in Booth 807 and will be teaching workshops twice per week — Wednesdays and Saturdays starting on November 18. 2009.  Check out our schedule and list of workshops below.  If you’re in the Great Los Angeles area and want to learn to draw comic books, then drop by and check us out.  Enrollment in limited, so hurry!

The Frank & Son Show is located at 19649 San Jose Ave. City of Industry, CA 91748.  Our current schedule is:

3:15-4:30 – Comic Book Art
4:45-6:00 – Comic Book Art
6:15-7:30 – Comic Book Art
7:45-9:00 – Advanced Comic Art (ongoing)

9:30-10:30 – Cartooning for Kids
11:00-12:00 – Cartooning for Kids
12:30-1:30 – Cartooning for Kids
2:00-3:00 – Cartooning for Kids
3:30-4:45 – Advanced Comic Art (ongoing)

Comic Book Art Workshop
Instructor: Mat Nastos
Next Workshop: Wednesdays starting at 3:30pm
Location: Frank & Son Show, Booth 807
Workshop Length: 1 hour 15 minute workshop
Cost: $25
Age: 16+
One of the most exciting forms of art and entertainment, comic books have been a part of entertaining childred and adults the world over for nearly 100 years. In this intensive 1+-hour workshop, students will be exposed to the art and techniques of professional comic book creation. This class will deal in-depth with working with a script, breaking down and laying out a comic book page, story pacing, visual storytelling techniques and how to pencil a comic book. At the end of the workshop, students will have the knowledge to be able to go out and create their own comic books. Contact us for more information on this workshop.
Note: Drawing ability is recommended but not required.

Advance Comic Art Workshop
Instructor: Mat Nastos
Next Workshop: Wednesdays 7:45-9:00pm and Saturdays 3:30-4:45pm
 Location: Frank & Son Show, Booth 807
Workshop Length: 4 consecutive weeks; 1 session per week at 1 hour 15 minutes per session
Cost: $100 + $30 supplies/materials fee
Age: 16+
Comic Books are one of the only truly American forms of art. In this 4-week workshop, participants will be introduced to that art by a professional in the comic book industry. Students will be taken through every step of comic book creation: creating characters, writing a script, laying out pages, pencilling, lettering and inking.

Over the 4-week course, students will work towards creating a finished comic book page featuring a character they have created. Students will design the character with model sheets, write a one-page story featuring the character and then, in the remaining weeks, layout, pencil, ink and letter that page.

The course will explore comic book writing, page layout and design, figures in motion, visual storytelling techniques, pencilling, inking and more.
Note: Drawing ability is recommended but not required.

Cartooning for Kids
Instructors: Mat Nastos/Hal Hefner
Next Workshops: Saturdays
Location: Frank & Son Show, Booth 807
Workshop Length: 1 hour workshop
Cost: $25
Age: 4-12
This course goes over the fundamentals of cartooning for children. The basics include drawing faces and figures, creating cartoon characters and drawing for fun.These courses have been run off and on by the instructors for more than 6 years and are now returning to the San Gabriel Valley.
Supplies will be provided for the students.

About the Instructors:
Mat Nastos is an industry veteran of the film, television and comic book industries, with nearly 100 film and television credits to his name as a storyboard artist. He was been called a “legendary industry talent” in the comic book industry by Tony Caputo in the book “Visual Storytelling: The Art and Technique,” and his comic book work has appeared in 27 countries and been translated into 9 languages. Mat’s work has been published by Elfquest, DC Comics and Marvel Comics, as well as everyone from Playboy Magazine to Highlights For Kids. His publishing company, Nifty Comics, has sold more than 250,000 copies of his comic book, the Cadre, since 2005. Nastos is currently working on his 3rd film as writer/director/producer.
Visit Mat online at www.NiftyComics.com and www.MatNastos.net.

Hal Hefner is an artist, designer and colorist whose work has been featured in many industries. Hal has participated in numerous shows and exhibits, while winning several awards for his art. His professional experience includes science fiction and fantasy magazines as well as role playing games, movies, books, comics, cartoons, video games,murals, children’s brochures and commercial illustration for advertising. Hal combines traditional drawing and painting techniques with digital technology (Photoshop) that still maintains the integrity of an original painting. He has worked for companies such as Gensler / Studio 585 where he worked for clients such as Coca Cola, DirecTV, Citysearch,Strange Horizons, Nova Eth Publishing, Spacedog Entertainment, Eleventh Hour, Challenging Destiny Magazine, Shadis Magazine, Basement Games, Fractal Dimensions and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Hal has recently joined Nifty Entertainment as an artist, writer/creator and digital distribution director for comics and other entertainment properties.
Visit Hal online at: www.catmonkee.com & www.catmonkee.net

-Mat Nastos

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Mat Nastos
TV, Film, comic book, fantasy & steampunk writer/director, known best for bad horror movies about giant scorpions, killer pigs & dinosaurs in the sewers. You can find his work on Smashwords or at his Amazon Author Page.

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