STARTS 19/08/2020


You're viewing the distance learning part of this course. Our distance learning sessions are a great way to get involved with CAMP if you can't make the trip, or as a preparatory step for an onsite workshop. Remember - if you sign up to an onsite workshop in 2021, you get the 2020 distance learning course free.

The onsite version of this workshop is here.


  • Join Gabrielle for a series of live, interactive videochat workshops
  • Receive assignments to work on where you are, in between online sessions
  • Get tuition and feedback via Skype/Zoom while you work on the assignments
  • Access to a library of resources assembled specifically for this workshop by Gabrielle
  • Further support after the workshop ends including release, performance, broadcast and exhibition opportunities


This distance workshop is sold out. There are still places on the onsite workshop which starts on 16/06/2021 - find out more here. You can view our other workshops here.

The evolution of the graphic novel over the last 60 years is complex, and the mainstream history of that evolution only scratches the surface of how independent writing/drawing, alternative perspectives and comics rooted in the art world, rather than the mainstream publishing/superhero sphere, have contributed to and inspired the way we think about comics in 2020. This course is an opportunity to study online with one of the most acclaimed pioneers of that underground tradition, Gabrielle Bell . It's about using the language of images and words together to create compelling stories based on your personal life. At the end of the session, you'll have accumulated several short comics, each one stronger than the previous, and a confidence that you can create a comic, from the beginning to the end, about whatever you like.

During the workshop, we will:

Learn and discuss an overview of the history of independent and autobiographical comics - read and discuss key examples, and gain a detailed image of the landscape of this compelling artform
Develop your comics drawing and writing skills in a holistic, integral way, using our own personal stories
Explore character development - learn how to create complex and unique characters in your work
Practice figure drawing, and drawing from the "right side of the brain"
Explore design, layout, color and editing of pages

All levels of experience are welcome. You don't need to know how to draw or write well - everyone from absolute beginners to experienced cartoonists can benefit from Gabrielle's workshop.

Brooklyn-based cartoonist Gabrielle Bell has made some of the most celebrated alternative comics of the last two decades, from her 2003 Ignatz Award-winning semi-autobiographical series "Lucky" to her 2012 globe-trotting epic "The Voyeurs". In 2017 she released "Everything is Flammable" to huge critical acclaim - the book chosen as one of the best graphic novels of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, was a finalist for the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize as Best Graphic Novel/Comic, and was nominated for a Broken Frontier Award for Best Graphic Non-Fiction.

Gabrielle collaborated with director Michel Gondry on a film adaptation of her book "Cecil and Jordan in New York", and also on "Kuruma Tohrimasu", a collection of drawings and photographs made during the production of the film.

Her work has been selected multiple times for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and she has contributed to McSweeneys, Bookforum, The Believer, and Vice Magazine.


This is an online course, but it involves realtime sessions and contact time with your tutor - it's not a "download these videos and watch them at your leisure" type of thing - it's a real workshop with live lectures, individual tuition, assignments and feedback sessions. We've tried to make this remote session as close as possible to the experience of an onsite workshop at CAMP. The course starts on 19/08/2020 and ends on 22/08/2020. The schedule for sessions is as follows:

  • August 19 2020, 17:00 - 20:00 | Session 1
  • August 20 2020, 17:00 - 20:00 | Session 2
  • August 21 2020, 17:00 - 20:00 | Session 3
  • August 22 2020, 17:00 - 20:00 | Session 4


To book your place on the course, click the button in the green section above. You won't pay anything right now - we'll send you a booking confirmation email with everything you need to know next. Your place is reserved without payment for three days.

You'll find a payment link in the booking confirmation email - follow the link to make your course payment. All card payments are handled by Stripe, and are extremely secure. We don't store any card data ourselves - all of this is handled securely off-site by Stripe.

Once you've made a payment, you'll receive another email containing your receipt, links to resources, contact information and access to our group chat to discuss the workshop with other participants.