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Comics Workshops

Between the Panels is 7000 BC's series of comics workshops for teens and adults, empowering participants to tell their stories in word and image.  We run the series online every saturday for 16 weeks in the Spring and the Fall, as well as a shorter, more focused series for 8 weeks in the summer.  The current Summer Visions series runs June 4 - July 23.  This Fall's Between the Panels 16-week series will run August 27 - December 10, 2022.  Workshops are Pay-What-You-Can and Drop-In Students are welcome.  So sharpen your pencils, roll out the virtual paper and get ready to draw upon your strengths.  Join us as we explore a storytelling medium like no other!  

Scroll down for the full Between the Panels schedule and more info.

Upcoming Library Workshops 

Vista Grande Public Library
14 Avenida Torreon, Santa Fe, NM 87508
(Between the Adam Senior Center and the Eldorado Community School)
Email info@vglibrary.org to register.
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Ages 10 and under
1:00 - 2:00 pm Shaping Your Comic Book Character
Is your character a squirrel?  Do they like nachos?
2:15 - 3:15 pm How Many Radioactive Squirrels Does it Take to Make a Comic?
How many ways can you tell us a story about your character?
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Ages 11 and up
1:00 - 3:00 pm What How Why Are Comics? (Opening Up Panels, Their Contents, and Filling the Space Between)
An introduction to what makes a comic a comic. A panel a panel. And a gutter a truly fascinating place to be.  Ready to make a comic?

Fort Sumner Public Library
235 Sumner Ave, Fort Sumner, NM 88119
Friday, June 24, 2022
Elementary to High School Age
1:00 - 3:00 pm  
Making Comics Workshop w/ Bram Meehan
Mesa Public Library
2400 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Saturday, July 30, 2022
as part of MPL's Atomicon
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Character Creator Workshop w/
Paul Ziomek
Teens and Adults
Learn how to create unique fictional characters using brainstorming techniques and learning about shape vocabulary. All ages are welcomed at this free workshop hosted by the New Mexico comic creator's group 7000BC.

12:45 - 2:45 PM
 Live Caricatures w/ Paul Ziomek
Teens and Adults
Sign up for a live caricature drawing of yourself by a professional illustrator. Caricatures take up to 7-minutes per person and appointments are limited.

1:30 - 2:45 PM
Censorship, Burnings, and Bannings in the World of Comics w/ Jeff Benham
Teens and Adults
Comic books and graphic novels have faced challenges in stores, libraries, the US Congress and more throughout their history.  Explore what those challenges have been, where they came from, and how they've shifted with legal, societal, and technological currents.

Comics Curriculum

Are you an educator, librarian, or simply looking to explore comics curriculum on your own? Between the Panels curriculum will be posted here as it becomes available.  For curriculum and materials, scroll down to The Workshop Schedule.

Who We Are

For more than fifteen years, non-profit arts organization 7000 BC has been bringing comic book workshops and presentations to libraries, schools, and other venues across New Mexico. Rather than using an illustration-based approach, participants combine word and image through fast-paced, hands-on workshops focused on how storytelling functions in the unique medium of comics.  We show how it’s possible for anyone to produce their own comics.
Join indie comics creators Jeff Benham (Peoplings, 2017 DiNK Fellow Denver Independent Comics Expo), Bram Meehan (designwritingdirection.com, bramletters.com), and Paul Ziomek (Fakin' the Funk, 2018 Adobe Government Creativity Award Finalist - "Safety Matters") as they guide you through the world of comics.

The Workshop Details
  • WORKSHOPS are presented online through Eventbrite for a Pay-What-You-Can Donation.
  • Suggested Donation - $25 per workshop, but anything $1 or more is fine.
  • Need-based scholarships are available. Email Jeff to inquire.

  • WORKSHOPS ARE VIRTUAL.  We use Zoom for workshops, so you'll need to sign up for a free Zoom account as well.

  • MATERIALS are simple - paper and pen or pencil. A nice dark pen will make it easier to share over Zoom what you're working on.  On occasion we'll ask you for other common household objects, nothing fancy.

  • WHEN YOU REGISTER, you'll get a weekly reminder about upcoming workshops unless you tell us to stop.  We won't send you anything else.


The Between the Panels Workshop Schedule

Between the Panels: Summer Visions
Summer 2022 Schedule

June 4 - July 23, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST

All classes work individually or as a series.
Each workshop focuses on a different aspect of the comics creation process.
Workshops highlighted in blue are linked and currently available for registration.
New workshops are made available 6 weeks before the workshop date. 

Highlighted dates
link to workshops that are on sale now.

Sat., June 4, 2022 w/ Brittany Sedillo
Inexpensive Materials, Expensive Looking Results (No Excuses to Stop You Making Your Comic)
Money is no object when crayons are a dollar.

Sat., June 11, 2022 w/ Jeff Benham
Putting Pencil to Paper (Opening Up Panels, Their Contents, and the Space Between)

Evaluating how your story contends with time and space on a page.

Sat., June 18, 2022 w/ Paul Ziomek
Populating Your Universe (Characters, Shape Vocabulary, and Rapid Creation.)

Visualizing a character's stance by their stance, within a wall of ugly (and otherwise) mugs.

Sat., June 25, 2022 w/ Peter Ziomek
ThumbNAILING Your Story Into Shape (Get Your Story's Layout to Land Where You Want!)

Ever wanted to end your comic layout on two pages that face each other? Or...intentionally add suspense when the reader turns the page!? Take command of where your story lands with thumbnailing.

Sat., July 2, 2022 w/ Brittany Sedillo
Comics Without Words (Images Interacting Without Text)

Viewing comics as sequential art and not relying on text.

Sat., July 9, 2022 w/ Bram Meehan
Comics With Words (Text and Image Interacting)

It's a new type of comic once you let the letters in.

Sat., July 16, 2022 w/ Jeff Benham
Aligning the Threads (Breaking the Big Messy)

Where am I heading and why are all these boulders tumbling into my path?

Sat., July 23, 2022 w/ Peter Ziomek
Weaving Your Story Together With THEME! (Get Your Stories to Communicate Even Deeper)

Ever look at a comic's story and book design and wondered how it was so impactful? Use your story's theme to design the book inside and out!