Improvising Comics: Techniques to Generate Funny Ideas Premium class

John McNamee, Cartoonist and Comedy Writer

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7 Videos (22m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Project Assignment

    • Drawing Simply

    • Generating Ideas

    • Expanding Your Ideas

    • Ending Your Comic

    • Conclusion


About This Class

Ever wanted to make comics, but didn't know what to draw? Join John McNamee (Pie Comic, the Onion News Network, Clickhole) as he shows you how to use ideas from the world of improv comedy to help you make comics. In this class you'll learn to draw faster and more simply, generate funny ideas, explore what's funny about those ideas, and come up with the punchiest punch lines. This is the perfect class for beginners, or veteran comic makers who just want to inject a little more fun into their work.

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Great course on how to write a comic. I watched each video twice so far.
Very good process and presented very well.
I have reviewed this course before, so I'll keep this brief. But having watched through the content for the fifth time, it feels like I've earned the opportunity to make another quick comment. In the spirit of simplicity espoused by John McNamee, my assessment is that he has in this course delivered an amazingly effective, accessible, valuable, enjoyable and superbly humorous experience for his students. Thankyou, John - nice work! :-)





John McNamee

Cartoonist and Comedy Writer

John McNamee is a comedy writer and cartoonist living in Los Angeles. For the past 8 years he has contributed to the Onion News Network, and Clickhole. John's comedy has been featured on CNN, IFC, McSweeny's, TV Guide, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Gawker, and numerous other sites. He has studied and performed improv and sketch at the UCB theater in Los Angeles, where one of the founders once made fun of his pants on stage for like 2 minutes. John had it coming. 

John has also been a comic maker and reader since he first figured out how to ride his bike to the comic book store at age 8. He's drawn the comic strip Pie Comic since his freshman year of college and doesn't see any reason to stop now.