Student drawing a comic

Introduction to Comics

Have fun with comics and cartooning. Inspired by comic genres ranging from surreal psychedelic to autobiographic graphic medicine, you’ll enjoy a variety of exercises and create a mini-zine by the workshop's end. Materials for the first class are provided. You’ll receive a list of materials required for subsequent classes.

This course meets in the Weston Family Learning Centre.  Must be 18 years or older. Suitable for beginners.


Althea  Balmes

Photo by Eloisa Guerrero

Althea Balmes is a multidisciplinary visual storyteller and arts educator. Her visual narratives explores themes and stories of migration, labour and personhood. Her work expands on the decolonial aesthetics of the Filipino diasporic experience. As an arts educator, she takes an anti-oppressive framework to build and deliver arts-based curriculum in visual storytelling and comics with newcomers, youth, 2SLGBTQI+, racialized groups and under-served communities. She started the Comic- Making Workshop + Residency Program (Cup Doodle Project) in 2016 to nurture and provide a creative space for Asian youth interested in telling their stories through comics. Her illustrations and comics have been published in Briarpatch Magazine, Rice Paper Magazine, Our Times Magazine, Carte Blanche, Looseleaf Magazine and by Between the Lines Press. Althea is the other member of Kwentong Bayan Collective.

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