LDComics ‘Perfect Pitching’ Workshop Weekend
13 – 14 March 2021, from 10am -10pm
Ready to share your graphic novel idea with the world?
In this online weekend workshop LDComics will engage you in practical exercises to prepare your project to submission standard for publishers, competitions and towards self-publication.
By the end of the weekend you will:
- be equipped with your perfect professional pitch
- you’ll have a detailed working plan to crowdfund your project
- introduced to a network of likeminded people
- gain new in-depth insight of your project
This activity is gratefully subsidised by funding from Arts Council England.
Terms & Conditions
- Suitable for everyone (all genders) who have already began developing their project idea and has 8-12 pages of sample artwork.
- Cost: £100 (Concessions: £50)
- The cost is for the full 2 days (no discount for one day only attendance).
- The cost is payable in full in advance via the LDComics website booking system and is non-refundable.
- In the event of the residency not running, a full refund will be made to you from LDComics.
Day 1: Pitching your project
Saturday 13th March
Celebrated, best-selling graphic novelist, illustrator and storyteller Karrie Fransman will guide you through the stages of preparing your pitch for a publisher.
This is structured as “free time” to work individually and in groups to focus on polishing and refining your pitch.
Residents will each deliver their final 6-minute pitch to the group
About your instructor
Karrie Fransman is a comic creator. Her comics have been published in The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, the BBC, The New Statesman and by The Arts Council. Her latest illustrated book, ‘Gender Swapped Fairy Tales’, was co-created with Jonathan Plackett and will be published by Faber & Faber in November 2020.
She published two graphic novels with Penguin Random House; ‘The House That Groaned’ (2012), and the award winning ‘Death of the Artist’ (2015). Her latest illustrated book, ‘Gender Swapped Fairy Tales’, was co-created with her husband Jonathan Plackett and was published by Faber & Faber in 2020. She developed an award winning comic, ‘Over, Under, Sideways, Down’ about an Iranian teenage refugee, for The British Red Cross, created an installation for the British Council and Southbank Centre and was commissioned to make a ‘Selves Portrait’ for an exhibition with Manchester Art Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. She has spoken and run workshops at The Guardian Masterclasses, Tate Modern, TEDx, Central Saint Martins, Oxford University, The Hay Festival, The Big Draw, House of Illustration and The British Library, and presented her work worldwide from Russia to Bangladesh, Lebanon and Mexico. You can find more of her work at www.karriefransman.com
Day 2: Preparing your Kickstarter Campaign
Sunday 14th March
Successfully published graphic novelist, illustrator and experienced crowd funder Lucy Sullivan will take you through the detailed step by step process of planning your crowdfunding campaign.
This is structured as “free time” to work individually and in groups to focus on finalising your timeline and planned activity as part of your campaign.
Residents will each deliver their final 6-minute campaign project to the group.
About your instructor Lucy Sullivan
What past participants have said…
“The LDC workshop came along for me at just the right moment, mid january lockdown isolation having just hit its ultimate peak. A really good balance was stuck between meditative practice and practical work. I think the structure of the two days was well balanced also. Creativity and practicalities of making a comic were equally covered. I came expecting to get clarity on a work I had already produced but in fact walked away with a whole new body of work to develop.”
“I loved every part of the weekend, I learned something from each workshop and the presentations. I am more than pleased that I had a breakthrough and managed to do a figure in several different poses that looked the same. I had been having problems with that aspect of drawing a character for a long time. I have changed my drawing style because I learned that it is fundamentally the story that keeps the reader hooked. . I came away from the workshop with a knowledge of how to make rounded characters and a good comic story. All the tutors were excellent, approachable and so embracing to all, every one listened and gave out great information that really assisted me.”
“The LDComics Online Residency Weekend was fantastic in so many ways! Expertly held by the LDComics team, the workshops and talks where eye opening and extremely useful for everyone, no matter their experience or stage of project.
Making comics and working on a bigger graphic novel project can be hugely daunting, time consuming (and sometimes lonely!) and getting to connect with such a passionate and talented group of fellow artists was hugely enlivening for my own practice – even though it was online, I feel like I’ve made lots of new friends and a much bigger network.
Most of all it was fun – which is what making comics should be about!”
“The LDC residency was a fantastic escape in which to talk all things comics. The weekend was pitched perfectly for all levels of ability, and had a good balance between its art, story telling and writing sessions. The tutors were very engaging and made sure that every participant had opportunities for one-to-one feedback. Beyond this, however, the group was kept quite small and the use of breakout rooms meant that participants got to know each other and create networks to support creativity. Finally, LDC invited a publisher to comment on our work and to give us advice on taking our comics further. This was a brilliant weekend and I would highly recommend the experience to anyone looking to write or strengthen a graphic novel. I love that the residency was held on zoom this year, as it made the event more accessible to participants outside of London. Unlike some other zoom sessions I have attended in the past, the sessions required active participation through exercises and so did not induce the usual zoom-fatigue.”
Thank you to you and the team for a brilliant weekend. It has really changed the way I think about my practice and how I will do things in the future. I really appreciated the amount of effort and thought you and the team put into each part of the weekend. My personal highlights were listening to everyone’s presentations and the personal tutorial time, although I loved every bit of it.