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Once a week Wednesdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT September 21 to November 9, 2022
Online via Zoom
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This class is a deep-dive into the visual medium that is exploding today bringing to life everything from superheroes, to political narratives, and personal memoirs. Through lectures, exercises, and readings this class aims to help you bring your own idea to life, tracing through the important steps of brainstorming, crafting a story, drafting, and designing layouts—even if you have no skills as an illustrator. Our lessons will take us from that first spark of inspiration to the grueling realities of bringing a graphic novel to life.
Together, participants will explore the graphic novel and comic landscape, be encouraged to critically think about their own work and analyze that of others, to conduct exercises to think of new character perspectives and plot elements, and to be challenged to dig deep into socially relevant themes. With guidance from the instructor, participants will jump into the scripting process paying close attention to the nuances of craft before communicating that vision to an illustrator (or illustrating that work themselves).
This class is designed for beginners and intermediate creators, in mind for those doing only the writing or both writing and illustrating. Those doing only the writing will still be encouraged to draw to understand the craft and design principles.
Varud Gupta is an award-winning author and visiting professor. He’s written the graphic novel Chhotu: A Tale of Love and Partition (Comic Con India “Best Writer”) and the travelogue Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan: Food of the Gods (Gourmand award for “Peace”). His words have also appeared in publications as America’s Test Kitchen and National Geographic.
His career as a writer began after quitting a short-lived career as a management consultant to travel and eat his way across the globe. When not writing, he is usually experimenting in the kitchen, collecting Instant Noodles, or playing Dungeons & Dragons. He received his bachelors in Finance from New York University and has taught with the Indian Institute of Art and Design, Center for Fiction, 826NYC, and Gotham Writers.
By Varud Gupta
By Varud Gupta
Published by Penguin Random House
The year is 1947. The British are slowly marking their departure from the country. And while Partition looms large over India, Chhotu, a student-cum-paranthe-cook in the dusty gullies of Chandni Chowk, has other things on his mind-like feeling the first flushes of love of his crush, Heer, the new girl at school.
When he finally decides to make a move, Chhotu soon finds the town’s aloo has suddenly gone missing, reluctantly embroiling himself into the world of corruption, crime and dons. As he struggles to understand what freedom truly means, Chhotu realizes one thing is for certain-that his world, and the world of those around him, is about to change forever.
Set against the backdrop of Partition and the horrors that followed, Chhotu is a coming-of-age story of an unlikely hero and a parable of a past that doesn’t feel too removed from the present.
About this series
We strive to make our classes the most inviting and rewarding available, offering an intimate environment to study with award-winning, world-class writers. Each class is specially designed by the instructor, so whether you’re a fledgling writer or an MFA graduate polishing your novel, you’ll find a perfect fit here.
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