I had the pleasure of meeting Howard Chaykin last week in Minnesota for the MCBA’s SpringCon. We had several great conversations (more on what I learned about his writing method to come), but I was particularly interested to hear that he’s been teaching in an unexpected venue: the Marvel Bullpen. He and Klaus Jansen spend 3 days every 6 months in the Marvel offices giving what-for to 5 artists under contract with Marvel. Main areas of concern: narrative structure (visual narrative) and professional practice. Knowing Klaus a bit, and now meeting Howard, I have to say, I wish I could take that class. I also spoke with someone who actually HAD taken that class, Steve Kurth.
Howard and Klaus do now occasionally offer a version of the program to aspiring cartoonists, most recently at the Baltimore Comicon.