What we're about

WIP Comics (or Work in Progress Comics, to give it its full name) is a group made to help aspiring artists, writers and comic creators move their ideas and projects forward. We have two monthly meetups — one to discuss what we’re all currently working on, give and receive feedback and constructive criticism on our work and bounce ideas off each other for new projects, and one focused more on the more practical elements of creating comics, from character design to world building.

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.

Beyond the meetups we also have a podcast (https://anchor.fm/wipcomics) where I chat to various comic creators about their work every fortnight, and a Slack group where all the members are invited to continue the conversation online.

The group was established by Michal Ingram back 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

Online event

Our regular monthly meetup – now online for the foreseeable future! Each month we will discuss any comics anyone has been working on lately, give each other feedback, catch up on any group projects, and chat through any other questions anyone has. Sometimes we might also do some drawing exercises and have special themes or agendas depending on what people are interested in. 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. The link and password to join the Zoom call will be shared the day before the event to everyone who RSVPs. Be sure to select 'Going' to get it sent over to you.

WIP Creating Comics Online - Panel Layouts (Rhythm and Readability)

Creating Comics is a monthly meetup, where we study the craft of drawn narratives with the goal of helping people create their own comics. This session will be online, I'll send the link out to attendees closer to the session. In this session, we will continue to look at the whole comic page. We will look into how combining panel layout, panel transitions, and framing effects a comics rhythm and readability. This session will be as interactive as I can make for an online session, with discussions and activities. See you there!

WIP Monthly Meetup

Online event

Our regular monthly meetup – now online for the foreseeable future! Each month we will discuss any comics anyone has been working on lately, give each other feedback, catch up on any group projects, and chat through any other questions anyone has. Sometimes we might also do some drawing exercises and have special themes or agendas depending on what people are interested in. 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. The link and password to join the Zoom call will be shared the day before the event to everyone who RSVPs. Be sure to select 'Going' to get it sent over to you.

WIP Creating Comics Online - 2020 Recap and Discussion

Online event

Creating Comics is a monthly meetup, where we study the craft of drawn narratives with the goal of helping people create their own comics. This session will be online, I'll send the link out to attendees closer to the event. In this session, we will look at the topics we've covered this year. We'll share our favourite comics/manga and comics creation processes, discussing them using what we've learnt. We will also look into what we can do for the future. How we can use the online platform to our best advantage and plan what topics we want to cover in 2021. This session will be as interactive as I can make for an online session, with discussions and activities. See you there!

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