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8-Week Online (Zoom) Graphic Novel & Comics Workshop, Starts January 18th, 2022
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8-Week Online (Zoom) Graphic Novel & Comics Workshop, Starts January 18th, 2022

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Class Starts January 18th, 2022

This class meets via Zoom on Tuesdays from 6PM CST - 8PM CST.

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Taught by Penguin author Varud Gupta, who wrote the best-selling and award-winning graphic novel, Chhotu: A Tale of Partition and Love, which won overall “Best Writer” and silver for “Best Graphic Novel” at Comic Con India 2020. He also regularly contributes to comic anthologies and is currently working on his second graphic novel inspired by regional folklores.

This class is a deep-dive into the visual medium that is exploding today bringing to life everything from superheroes, to political narratives, and personal memoirs.

Through lectures, exercises, and readings this class aims to help you bring your own idea to life, tracing through the important steps of brainstorming, crafting a story, drafting, and designing layouts – even if you have no skills as an illustrator. Being a self-taught writer, Varud spent over three years bringing his story from concept to page and is brimming with lessons to share, everything from that first spark of inspiration to the grueling realities of bringing a novel to life.

Together, participants will explore the graphic novel and comic landscape, be encouraged to critically think about their own work and analyze that of others, conduct exercises to think of new character perspectives and plot elements, challenged to dig deep into socially relevant themes. With guidance from the instructor, participants will jump into the scripting process paying close attention to the nuances of craft before communicating that vision to an illustrator.

Course Takeaways:

  • Participants should end the workshop with a fleshed-out story synopsis as well as six to eight pages of script and panel layouts.


"Varud'S Graphic Novel & Comics Workshop exceeded my expectations. It was a very helpful class. I found that the class provided structure and tent poles enabling me to write the first chapter of my story. I also think it's really important and illuminating when Varud spoke about his publishing experience." -Thomas C.

You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.


This class meets weekly via Zoom.

  • Instructor: Varud Gupta

  • Starts January 18th, 2022

  • Course is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom on Tuesdays from 6PM CST - 8PM CST.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

Instructor Varud Gupta is the award-winning author of the graphic novel Chhotu: A Tale of Love and Partition (Comic Con India “Best Writer”) and the travelogue Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan: Food of the Gods (Gourmand for “Peace”), both published by Penguin. His words also frequently appear in National Geographic Traveller and Mint Lounge. His career as a writer began after quitting a short-lived stint as a management consultant to travel and eat his way across the globe. When not writing, he enjoys traveling, experimenting in the kitchen, collecting Instant Noodles, or playing Dungeons & Dragons. He received his bachelors from New York University.

Praise for Chhotu:

Like the hero, it’s a modest little gem. - India Today

Stylishly wry humour and depth. - The Hindu

Art at its evocative best. - Deccan Herald

 About Chhotu:

The year is 1947. The British are marking their departure from the country. And while Partition looms large over India, Chhotu, a student-cum-paranthe-cook in Chandni Chowk, has other things on his mind-like feeling the first flushes of love of his crush, Heer, the new girl at school.

When he finally decides to make a move, Chhotu soon finds the town's aloo has suddenly gone missing, reluctantly embroiling himself into the world of corruption, crime and dons.

As he struggles to understand what freedom truly means, Chhotu realizes one thing is for certain-that his world, and the world of those around him, is about to change forever. Set against the backdrop of Partition and the horrors that followed, Chhotu is a coming-of-age story of an unlikely hero and a parable of a past that doesn't feel too removed from the present.

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