Creating Comics!

March 21, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

March 21, 2022 – March 23, 2022
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. | 3 Sessions

Online via Zoom

Ages: 12 – 19 years of age
Instructor: Justin Zimmerman


How do comics get created? For over a decade, Justin Zimmerman has been writing, creating, editing, and working in the graphic novel field. Come join this teen-focused COMIC CLASS, where he’ll walk students through the steps necessary to make their very own stories come to life. Using behind-the-scenes pages and scenes from some of his most popular graphic novels, Justin will illustrate the scripting, thumbnail, pencil, ink, coloring, and lettering processes. From there, students will try their hands at writing their own short comic stories and workshop their next steps. There will be ample time at the end of each class for those who come prepared with their own questions about the comic industry, and students will leave with a reading list for future research to boot.

Justin Zimmerman, MFA in Film, is a nationally recognized filmmaker, professor, and comic creator (The Killing Jar, The 27 Run: Crush). His narrative and documentary work has appeared in more than 200 film festivals across the globe and has been broadcast on national public television, where he won two international television awards. He’s also been the recipient of multiple grants and fellowships, he contributed a story to the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Love Is Love, and his script and comic work has been optioned on multiple occasions. He makes cool stuff with his team at

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.