Let's Make a Comic Book: Write, Draw, Publish Your Own Comics & Manga Ages 10-13

In this 10 week course students will write, draw, and publish a comic book of their own design. The course will focus on techniques and strategies for planning, writing and illustrating a short story in comic book or manga format.
Rachel Mongin
62 total reviews for this teacher
16 reviews for this class
Completed by 84 learners

60 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 10 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue May 31

May 31 - Aug 16 (10 weeks)
10pm - 11pm
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.

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Class Experience

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
Develop an original story idea as a narrative
Develop and design characters that are either protagonists or antagonists
Develop and design at least 2-3 settings where the narrative takes place
Use drawing techniques and their own style to draw a landscape or background.
Use drawing techniques to draw characters in action
Use drawing techniques to draw objects
Write a narrative in script format
Write dialogue for each character. 
Draw a story using panels that include a clear beginning, middle, and end. 
Use ink and pencil to create light and shadows withing a drawing. 
Use coloring techniques to help the characters and backgrounds stand out. 
Write and draw a comic or manga that tells a clear sequential story. 
I am a professional illustrator and self published comic book creator. I have published thirteen individual comic books, and three graphic novels. I was a fourth grade teacher for eleven years. I currently teach art classes to children at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina. My published comic series include "The Adventures of Death Elf and Woose," "Creepy Cat," and "Kitten the Barbarian." 
Students will need to complete any tasks that were started in class. Students should use the feedback provided by the teacher or peers to revise their work. 
Paper for Drawing 8.5 x 11" or larger (Standard Printer Paper or Card Stock works well. A sketchbook is also a good choice.)
A hard surface such as a table, desk, clipboard, or book
#2 Pencil or Mechanical Pencil 
Colored Pencils
Chisel Tip Marker (I use Sharpie.)
Fine Point Marker (I use Sharpie.)
Brush Pen
Black Pen or Ultra Fine Marker (I use Sharpie.)
Black Calligraphy Ink ( I use Dr. Ph. Martin brand found a local craft store)
 Watercolor Paint Brush (Small to Medium Sized)
Bristol Board or Card Stock 8.5 x 11 inches- The markers and ink will bleed through thinner paper.
Painters Tape or Masking Tape
A lined notebook for writing
A sketchbook 
The teacher will provide verbal feedback in class. The teacher will also provide short written feedback to guide the student between the lessons. 
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Please be sure all manga, comics, and graphic novels are school appropriate for young audiences. I cannot allow any content with nudity, violence, profanity, or adult content into the classroom. If your learner would like to share his or her favorite comic book,and there are questions regarding the content, feel free to contact me. I am happy to preview any book at least 48 hours in advance of the class. 

I often share my authored works in the classroom. You can preview my published titles online, and I am happy to direct you to them by request. I read these comics to my fourth graders while teaching in the public school system.


Rachel MonginPretty Weird Art LLC
62 total reviews
93 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Rachel and I am a painter, sequential illustrator, and art teacher from Columbia, SC. I have 12 years of teaching experience and I am passionate about learning, art, and story telling. I have worked as an illustrator alongside my... 
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