Comics Workbook Cartoon Workshops

Come join Frank Santoro and his Pittsburgh based Comics Workbook team as they lead some fantastic workshops with amazing SPX Guests and Exhibitors.



12:00-1:00 PM

Comics Workbook Hangout with Juan Fernandez

Join the Comics Workbook team for an hour of comics-crafting. Learn about color and line, explore the rhythm of the grid, and take your comics-making game to a new level. Simple exercises will push you in mind-bending directions. Juan Fernandez organizes the Pittsburgh Comics Salon, teaches and writes for Comics Workbook and facilitate the CreatorsMakersTeachers network in Pittsburgh, PA.
All ages.

1:00-2:00 PM

Clay Sculpture Characters with Liz Reed

Make miniature clay sundae characters with Sweet Competition author/sculptor Liz Reed, who with her husband Jimmy are the creators behind Cuddles and Rage. Learn different techniques on how to apply realistic texture to your sundae and how to create facial expressions that will bring your delicious creation to life. For kids of all ages.

3:30-4:30 PM

Comics with Gilbert Hernandez – moderated by Frank Santoro

Sit at the feet of a master – glean some comics-making tips from one of the founding fathers of the alternative comics scene. Whether he talks about Love & Rockets, or the early days of punk rock, you won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity. All ages.

4:30-5:30 PM

Comics with Connor Willumsen

One of the rising stars of the comics scene, Connor Willumsen, will lead exercises in comics-making. As someone who walks the line between alternative and mainstream comics, with work published by Koyama, and Breakdown Press, as well as Marvel and DC, Connor brings loads of talent to the table and he’s eager to share.
All ages.


1:00-2:00 PM

Comics with Alexis Ziritt

No one can draw Space Rider like Alexis Ziritt. – come see how he does it and pick his brain about using color and line in his unique way.Alexis Ziritt is originally from Venezuela but has lived in Florida for the past decade. He’s been published in Complex Magazine, Heavy Metal, BOOM! Studios and Dark Horse Comics among others. His kung fu is strong.

All ages.

2:00-3:00 PM

Comics Workbook Hangout with Sally Ingraham and Audra Stang

Take a crash course in comics making – for kids big and small. We will bring the grids, the markers, the know-how – you bring your personal spark. Discover the comics-maker within you and let them out!  Sally Ingraham is a cartoonist, educator, and journalist in Pittsburgh, and Audra Stang is a cartoonist currently located in Pittsburgh, she has her BFA in Drawing and Printmaking  from UNC-Greensboro in December 2016. She’s also a member  of the Comics Workbook Roller Derby League.

3:00-4:00 PM

Comics Workbook Free Draw

You never know who you might bump into at this Comics Workbook hangout session. Everyone needs a place to chill out as the show starts to wind down – we might be working on comics when your favorite pros show up to hang out towards the end of the day! Come one and all.

4:00-5:00 PM

Comics with Sacha Mardou

Sacha Mardou will talk about scripting and planning processes for longform graphic novels, and will give a reading from her new graphic novel, Strange Kind of Love. Dig into process and research techniques.
All ages.