Learn How to Make Comics from a Pro this May

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, Niagara-on-the-Lake, – Sci-fi and pop culture fans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of May the 4th, universally recognized as “Star Wars Day” within the fandom community. This year comic geeks can include learning how to make their own comic books as part of the celebration with a new course starting May 4th at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The course is taught by local author and illustrator Mike Gagnon. Gagnon is an experienced comic book professional who has worked for companies such Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Entertainment and teaches with recognized institutions such as Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design in Toronto.

“The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is always looking for new art educational opportunities to offer the community. We aim to offer a wide variety of classes and workshops and are excited to add a Cartooning and Graphic Novels course to our spring session.” Explains Rima Boles, Director of the Art Centre. “We are pleased to have Mike Gagnon, a professional author and illustrator…teaching this course. This is a great opportunity for students to learn hand-on from a professional artist.”

Classes take place every Wednesday for 8 weeks from 1-4pm and are geared towards students 17 and up who want to learn how to make professional comic strips and graphic novels. The enrollment fee is $185 for 8 weeks, or $145 for members of the Pumphouse Arts Centre.

“I’m really excited to bring this kind of course to the Niagara community and to help teach those with a passion for comics how to realize their dreams and produce a professional comic that they can share with the world.” Gagnon says.

For more information, or to reserve a space in the Comics and Graphic Novels course, visit www.niagarapumphouse.ca or call 905-468-5455.  You can find out more about Mike Gagnon and his work at www.mikegagnon.ca.

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