Drawing Words & Writing Pictures is a textbook containing a systematic course that teaches the alchemical art of combining words and pictures to make comics. In it, authors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden have laid out a complete, structured syllabus that guides students from creating narrative in a single drawing to orchestrating all the skills involved in creating a multi-page, complex story.
This section of the website is the companion to that course. Please take a look around! And if you want to know more about the book, look here.
If you’re using DWWP in your classroom, whether as a complete course or as a supplement, you’ll find helpful notes on teaching the chapters, as well as examples of completed work, in the Teachers Lounge. Please note that these guides are intended to supplement what’s already in the book in the way of critique guides and so on, and need to be consulted alongside the chapters in question.
Whether you’re using DWWP to learn comics in a classroom, in an independent group, or on your own, the Student Union is where you’ll find prep guides that will help you get ready to start chapters, examples of other students’ work with critiques, and other goodies.