What we're about

WIP Comics (or Work in Progress Comics, to give it it’s full name) is a group made to help aspiring artists, writers and comic creators move their ideas and projects forward. We meet once a month to discuss what we’re all currently working on, give and receive feedback and constructive criticism on our work, bounce ideas off each other for new projects, do drawing exercises to flex our creative muscles, and generally chat about the process of making comics and zines.

All skill and experience levels are welcome, from complete beginners to established creators, and our intention is to support each other and create an environment where we can offer and ask for advice without judgement. Everyone has a different style, and there is no single ‘correct’ way to draw, write or tell a story, so we actively encourage a variety of different approaches and people coming from different backgrounds. Whether you want to make a sci-fi, fantasy, superhero, comedy, slice-of-life, autobiographical or any other kind of comic then we’d love to see it and help you get to a point where you’re happy with it.

This variety of attendees also means we can offer a nice wide selection of advice and experience. This can cover anything from how best to approach developing a character to ideas for page layouts to how to draw movement to technical aspects like scanning and printing. We also encourage people to work together when it benefits them, so if you’re a writer looking for an artist or vice-versa then hopefully you’ll find someone to collaborate with.

The group was established by Michal Ingram in July 2011, and was originally known as the 'Graphic Novels and Comics, Critique and Collaboration Meetup'. It’s gone through various iterations and different organisers, but all with the core idea of helping each other make work we’re proud of. Over the years many people have forged creative partnerships and workshopped ideas with the group that have gone on to become fully realised projects.

We’re a very friendly, laid-back and welcoming group, and apart from advice and feedback then our Meetups are also a great way to meet like-minded people and just hang out to talk about comics.

Upcoming events (5+)

WIP Monthly Meetup

Royal Festival Hall

Our regular monthly meetup! Our tentative schedule is, depending on numbers, to kick things off around midday with a short drawing exercise to get our creative juices flowing, followed by a roundtable show-and-tell where those who want to can share their work and give a progress update or seek any advice they're after. Also, expect lots of general chat and gossip and comics talk. New members are always welcome, and don't worry if you're a total beginner and have nothing to show at this stage – come along and just hang out and see what other people have been working on.

Visual Storytelling Studies – Session 6: Pairing Words & Images

Westminster Reference Library

The theme for session 6 is 'Pairing Words & Images: The 7 Techniques' Reading for this session is Chapter 3 (pages[masked]) in Scott McCloud "Making Comics" For more information, the readings, and assignment, join the Slack group through this link: https://join.slack.com/t/visualstorystudies/shared_invite/enQtNTI4MzI4NTg0OTk0LTBhNzBiZWE4MDA2MWViZmJkOTY5MWZlMWU1ZjMxNGZiNzM1NzJhMTdhNjJmZDY5MDQ3MjJkZDUxNjU2OWQzYWY ___ About Visual Storytelling Studies (VSS) VSS is a monthly meetup of comic-makers and visual storytellers studying the craft of drawn narratives, graphic novels, and comics. We're a collective learning group with the goal of improving our skills and techniques together through plenty of practice, research, and feedback. Each time we'll pick a fundamental skill or aspect of visual storytelling to focus on. Using learning resources from leaders in the comics field like Scott McCloud, Will Eisner, & Nicholas Sousanis, we'll explore different techniques and methods for exploring these aspects in our own work. During the meetup we'll do a mix of practice exercises and discussions based around the weekly topic. This group is open to everyone, but being a very practical learning-focused bunch, we need members who have a bit of time to spend on the weekly assignments. We ask that members have roughly 1-2 hours per week set aside to do the assignments. Ideally spending more than 2 hours will help improve your rate of learning. But we know there are limits to the time-space continuum, and it's hard to fit all the complexities of human life into a perfect schedule. Meetings are the third Saturday of each month, from 11am-1pm

WIP Monthly Meetup

Royal Festival Hall

Our regular monthly meetup! Our tentative schedule is, depending on numbers, to kick things off around midday with a short drawing exercise to get our creative juices flowing, followed by a roundtable show-and-tell where those who want to can share their work and give a progress update or seek any advice they're after. Also, expect lots of general chat and gossip and comics talk. New members are always welcome, and don't worry if you're a total beginner and have nothing to show at this stage – come along and just hang out and see what other people have been working on.

WIP Monthly Meetup

Royal Festival Hall

Our regular monthly meetup! Our tentative schedule is, depending on numbers, to kick things off around midday with a short drawing exercise to get our creative juices flowing, followed by a roundtable show-and-tell where those who want to can share their work and give a progress update or seek any advice they're after. Also, expect lots of general chat and gossip and comics talk. New members are always welcome, and don't worry if you're a total beginner and have nothing to show at this stage – come along and just hang out and see what other people have been working on.

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