This course explores comic books and graphic novels as literary forms and ultimately focuses on elucidating the means by which to tell a story utilizing both the written word and expressive imagery. We will cover entry-level techniques involved with both writing and sequential art. Topics covered in lecture include: History of the form, writing and storytelling methods, tools of the trade, character development/design, image and lettering composition, layout and paneling approaches, sequential continuity, and world building. During the workshop portion of class, students work on their projects and receive feedback from each other and the instructor. Through lectures and in-class workshops, students will produce a 10-page comic or introduction to a longer graphic piece, potentially ready for immediate local independent publication. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion. Hands-On Art. Writing.