Participation at the workshop is limited to 20 comic artists who have already established a certain routine in their work and show advanced illustration and storytelling skills. The workshop is no introduction to graphic literature and comics but aims to develop and refine already existing skills and accomplishments.
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About one month prior to the seminar, the team of instructors will propose a common workshop topic. Participants are asked to draft a short comic story that they will further develop and experiment on during the seminar week. It is of course not mandatory to work on the suggested topic. Attendants may also advance and refine their own comic projects with the help of the instructors and other participants. Next to individual support and group discussions, additional workshops on comic specific topics will be offered.
Take a look at the overview of past seminar topics here.
Prior to the workshop
To benefit best from their time at the seminar, participants are either encouraged to come up with a concept for a short story (about 3 to 8 pages) based on a priorly announced topic, or to carry on working on an already existing larger graphic novel / comic project. To give all lecturers enough time to prepare, participating artists are kindly asked to submit the following material BEFORE the beginning of the workshop to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A short abstract of their story/project (10 to 20 lines)
- A simple and intelligible outline of their story/project, drafting a rough presentation of the storyline/characters/dialogue that includes a planned page structure and allows to comprehend the overall concept
For the seminar
For the beginning of the workshop, all participants should prepare and bring the following:
- Drawing materials
- A more refined scenario of the story/project / i.a. sketched out pages and additional preliminary work (style or character explorations, etc.) / optional: various panels or max. one already fine-drawn page (if you work on the announced topic); if you continue working on a larger project, extensive support material might be helpful / i.a. reference material: photographs, illustrations, etc.
- a portfolio with already realized projects as a source of information for the instructors and other participants
- headphones and music that makes you smile / helps you focus
The seminar space at the Cultural Office offers Wifi, a colour copier/printer, layout tables, a fridge and coffee machine. It also provides a basic stock of drinks and snacks.
The goal of the workshop is not necessarily to complete your story or project within the timeframe of the seminar. The workshop should be considered a field for experimentation that encourages participants to explore their options, refine their skills and advance and promote their work. It provides a platform for artistic exchange and individual professional support and guidance.
The originating works are presented to the general public and professional visitors, like publishers, talent scouts, journalists and comic experts during the International Comic Salon. The exhibition includes both works from the current as well as the past workshop since the Erlangen International Comic Salon is a biannual festival.
For a comprehensive insight of past exhibitions, please visit the picture gallery.