Santoro Correspondence Course

Posted by Dash Shaw on May 16

This site is going to be a tumblr soon, which makes sense since it was already sort of a tumblr anyway.  Meanwhile…

Frank Santoro has a comic book correspondence course. Here’s the info from the man himself:


SUMMER 2012 – Deadline for applications is May 30th

Application guidelines:

The new course begins June 4th. You can start late if need be. The course is a walk through my process of how to make a 16 page signature. Lots of fast drawing and composition. Lots of simple sequencing. We focus on timing. And color. And working in layers like a printmaker. If you are interested – please send me some work – small jpegs of things you have done. And tell me about yourself a little bit. There are ten spots open right now. I also need to see 3 figure drawings and 3 landscapes – all done on blank 3 x 5 inch index cards in direct pen – no pencil underdrawing. You should be able to do these 6 drawings in less than one hour. Draw fast and loose.

The course is 500 for eight weeks. I ask for a good faith payment once you start – half if possible. If not talk to me and we can work something out.

Basically it can be done on your own time – it is intense for the first four weeks and then you are more on your own. The idea is to use me during those eight weeks as an editor. After the eight weeks I will be less available – so if you don’t finish – that is okay – you can finish on your own time. It has worked well so far as a projected deadline. And if you blow it, so what? You do it when you can. But since so much of comics is about getting it done – I try and get you to work in a system that can get it done.

Check out a comic done for the course by one of my students here.

Email me – capneasyATgmailDOTcom

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  1. Ben says:

    This isn’t in relation to this post but it’s the only venue I can think of to tell you I’m a huge fan of your comics and am more excited for The Ruined Cast than I have been for a movie in quite a long time! I wish you and this project the best.

  2. Dash Shaw says:

    Thanks and thanks for writing. Movie is going well, slowly. Meanwhile, I finished drawing new book (just some coloring left) and it’ll come out March 2013. I’ll post some images/info about it on the tumblr site when I get around to making it. I haven’t been good about internet presence stuff but I’m gonna get around to it. Thanks again.

  3. Amélie says:

    Hi, sorry I don’t know how to let you a message differently. I had to send you this photograph I took during the comic festival in Amiens, France in 06/02 . We were really happy to meet you, we had a great time even though our english was so rubbish…
    Keep on, you’re great.

This is a shared production blog for the forthcoming animated feature, "The Ruined Cast," written and directed by Dash Shaw. Produced by John Cameron Mitchell, Howard Gertler, and Biljana Labovic. Contributing artists are Jane Samborski, Frank Santoro, Lily Benson and Ray Sohn. Music by James Lucido.