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Between The Panels Comics Workshops | Saturdays, August 27 - December 10, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST | Online | Pay-What-You-Can

Improve your ability to communicate through word and image.

Uncover different aspects and perspectives on the comics-making process.

Explore the essence of what makes comics unique through invigorating and contemplative workshops.

Why not tickle your brain with comics?!!

Between the Panels, 7000 BC's series of pay-what-you-can online comics workshops return to enliven your 2022.  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.  Drop-in students are welcome! 

Registration is required.  Workshop registration is through Eventbrite 

Pay-What-You-Can.  Suggested Donation is $25/workshop.  Need-based scholarships are available.  Email Jeff to inquire.

Once registered, you'll get a weekly invitation to upcoming workshops unless you tell us to stop.  We won't send you anything else.  We use Zoom for workshops, so you'll have to sign up for a free Zoom account here as well.

Between the Panels - Fall 2022

August 27 - December 10, 2022

All classes work individually or as a series. Workshops highlighted in blue are linked and currently available for registration. New workshops are made available 4 weeks before the workshop date. Register for all 16 workshops and you'll receive a Certificate of Completion from 7000 BC!

Sat., Aug. 27, 2022

  • What Are Comics? (Opening Up Panels, Contents, and 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.

Sat., Sept. 3, 2022

  • How Many Radioactive Squirrels Does it Take to Make a Comic? (Clear Storytelling with Banana-Thieving Squirrels)
  • Exploring too much and too little.

Sat., Sept. 10, 2022

  • The Shape of Characters to Come (Character Definition and Quick Draw Mug Shots)
  • Visualizing a character's stance by their stance, within a wall of ugly (and otherwise) mugs.

Sat., Sept. 17, 2022

  • The Down Elevator to Backstory (Design Sheets and Fictional Pasts)
  • Speak swiftly and carry a big sketchbook. What floor, please?

Sat., Sept. 24, 2022

  • Thumbnailing with Kaiju Claws (Enhancing Story with Tiny Broad Strokes)
  • How many ways can you trim your thumbnails and still have them be your thumbnails?

Sat., Oct. 1, 2022

  • Picturing Words in Drawings (Text and Image Interacting)
  • It's a new type of comic once you let the letters in.

Sat., Oct. 8, 2022

  • The Covenant of the Arc (Character Arcs and Story Arcs)
  • Weaving the patchwork of pathways through your story.

Sat., Oct. 15, 2022

  • Mini Comics! What's the Big idea? (A Grand Story in Eight Tiny Pages)
  • An instruction manual for making your way between extremes.

Sat., Oct. 22, 2022

  • The Unexpected Three-Panel Comic (Stories are Everywhere)
  • Accidentally created a comic? Be re-introduced to the language of comics and the landscape of our brains.

Sat., Oct. 29, 2022

  • A Genre By Any Other Name (Forming Stories and Approaching Form)
  • Is it true that the truest tale is truly dull? A mystery, a rom-com, and a memoir walk into a bar.

Sat., Nov. 5, 2022

  • Turning Over A New Leaf (The Importance of Page Turns)
  • Breathing life into the desire to see the next page.

Sat., Nov. 12, 2022

  • You Call That A Comic? (Theme Showing Itself as Format)
  • The container that is your book. How can it reveal your ideas?

Sat., Nov. 19, 2022

  • Caught Up in the Moment (Time in, Around, and Between Panels)
  • Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana — and comics time flies like nothing else.

Sat., Nov. 26, 2022

  • The Cantina at the End of Storytelling (One-Upmanshipping with MacGuffins)
  • One shoe is all you need to make a fine MacGuffin Jam and serve it up to be forgotten in a never-ending tale.

Sat., Dec. 3, 2022

  • Prince Joe Versus the Evil Wizard of Grammaria (How Storytelling Functions in the Brain)
  • Exploring the psychological, emotional, and physical effects of a good story, found on the bread aisle.

Sat., Dec. 10, 2022

  • The Gestalt of It All (History, Monsters, and Show and Tell)
  • Monsters have controlled the evolution of comics. What have we wrought?


Upcoming Library Workshops 
There are none scheduled at this time.

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.  The first packet is Mini-Comics!  What's the Big Idea? and will be available here shortly.  

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, Bram Meehan, Brittany Sedillo, Peter Ziomek, and Paul Ziomek, as they guide you through the world of comics.