Futureshocking Week 6: All good things…

Apologies for how long it’s taken me to post this final blog post for the Irish Writer’s Centre Workshop. A couple of deadlines had to be slain, and new things started.

So, week 6. The final.

I started the course with pretty solid intentions, each week would take one aspect of creating a comic and break it down as best as possible and I’d use the time to talk through everything I consider important about that aspect and setting various tasks.

I had hoped to do more workshop bits, but in the end it turned into six weeks of two hour long lectures. I *hope* it was entertaining and useful and I think everyone that participated enjoyed it or got something out of it.

I certainly enjoyed it immensely (though if I ever see another bus to Dublin I’ll probably pre-emptively hurl, trains from now on)

On the final week, Michael Carroll was kind enough to join us to give us the benefit of his wisdom. We talked Michael’s varied career as a writer, how to deal with the inevitable criticism, and the craft of writing stories from the perspective of someone whose done it for a long time.

I also wanted to cover a little bit on some of the comic making process we hadn’t touched on. In the all too brief time we had left, I talked colouring/flatting and lettering (stingy with time, I’m afraid, both could’ve done with a couple of days on their own to do them any justice).

Unfortunately didn’t really have time to get into any detail, but happily, lots of online resources exist.

Here’s a tutorial on colouring

And here’s a link to some great resources for lettering. As well as fonts you can use for small press for free and paid fonts at Blambot.

Thanks to everyone who took part (and those who maybe just read the blog posts!) if you’re interested in doing a course like this, you can contact the Irish Writer’s Centre in Dublin. And I’m going to see if I can find anywhere in Belfast that can do similar hosting duties (hey if you know anyone that might be interested in hosting it, let me know!)


Author: PJ

PJ is a Belfast based comic artist, and has been for some time.