[CANCELLED] Comics and Graphic Novels with Trina Robbins | Mechanics' Institute

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[CANCELLED] Comics and Graphic Novels with Trina Robbins

This is a class co-sponsored by MI and San Francisco Writers Conference/San Francisco Writers Foundation.

Superheroes will never die, but since the beginning of this century there has been more and more interest in non-superhero comics and graphic novels on every subject. Graphic novels are sold in bookstores and featured on library shelves.  Even if you’re drawing your own comic, you still need to write it.  Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Synopsis
  • Character description
  • Scene description
  • Action
  • Marvel style scripting
  • Full script

Bring a laptop or iPad, and be prepared to read aloud (but I won’t force you) and to be critiqued. After we cover each subject, you’ll have a 15 minute writing exercise.  We’ll end the class by composing at least one page of finished comic script, followed by lots of time for Q&A.   If you can write more than a page, all power to you.

TRINA ROBBINS became the first woman to draw a Wonder Woman comic book in 1986. She has been drawing and writing comics since 1966, when she drew comics for the East Village Other, New York’s iconic underground newspaper. In  the 1970s, she produced the very first all-woman comic book, "It Ain't me, Babe" and was one of the founding mothers of "Wimmin's Comix," the longest-lasting women's anthology comic book. (1972 - 1992) 

In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don't read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote "Women and the Comics," the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists.  She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, Barbara Hall, and Lily Renee. 

In 2013 Trina was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.  In 2017 she was inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends, and at the San Diego comic convention she received the Eisner award for editing the two-volume reprint collection of the complete “Wimmin’s Comix.”

(photos by Jessica Christian)

For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email tedwards@milibrary.org at least ten days prior to receive a refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.


MI Members $89
Public $109
4th Floor Meeting Room
Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103

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