Jim Steranko Takes You Through the Art of Storytelling at Baltimore Comic Con

Here’s your chance to connect with one of the field’s most influential creators! Sit in with comics legend Jim Steranko as he explores, examines, and explains the techniques that earned him a place among the medium’s giants – advanced techniques he has developed over a lifetime of experimentation. The INTENSE 4-HOUR WORKSHOP will provide a forum to answer your specific questions about mastering NARRATIVE ART – in comics, animation, and film! The most information-packed evening you’ll ever experience!

Steranko plans to run the group through an intense exploration and explanation of THE SECRETS OF THE COMICBOOK PAGE–on a personal one-on-one basis. The spectrum covered will extend from theory to technique, and focus extensively on powerful, sophisticated approaches that have earned him the premier position in the storytelling medium – including a wealth of material he will be REVEALING HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME!

A PowerPoint Slideshow will accompany the Masterclass, so that EVERY cool concept is delivered with graphic precision and easily understood. The FOUR-HOUR SESSION will be explosive with storytelling revelations that will help upcoming artists and writers launch their careers, aide full-time pros to develop a powerhouse narrative approach, and define an enhanced level of visual considerations to all comic-art collectors and connoisseurs.


  • The best kept secret in comics – even pros fail to unravel the mystery!
  • The biggest mistake fan artists and writers make in their work!
  • The language of panel imagery!
  • Creating pictures with meaning!
  • Composition secrets to make your story move like lightning!
  • What to show – and what not to show!
  • Creating visual/temporal continuity: What to draw next!
  • Unifying image and content!
  • Intuitive vs analytical approaches!
  • Understanding the narrative format!
  • Subliminal Storytelling: A surprising, new approach ever before revealed in any form!
  • Techniques the pros ignore: using the comics form to best advantage!
  • How to make science fiction and fantasy work in the comics!
  • Building dramatic scenes: Five easy stages!
  • Using cinematic technique in comicbook storytelling!
  • The ideal comics page!
  • When and why to use establishing shots, close-ups, two shots, angle shots, and trick shots!
  • Creating character conflict through panel composition!
  • The triumph of technique over subject matter!
  • Mastering double-page layouts!
  • Dramatic symbolism!
  • Composition secrets to make your story move like lightning!
  • What to show-and what not to show!
  • Capturing dramatic highpoints!
  • Orchestrating panels for maximum dramatic impact!
  • The Outline Method of Page Plotting!
  • Action panels vs dramatic panels!
  • Establishing relationships between shots for powerful storytelling!
  • The use of visual metaphors!
  • Understanding tempo and pacing!
  • Controlling the compression and expansion of time!
  • Techniques for creating action-packed narratives!
  • How to create suspense and tension for maximum reader interest!
  • Generating pyramiding conflict in the comics!
  • Achieving exciting narrative art through contrast!
  • Structural rhythm, repetition, and eye movement!
  • Storytelling without words!
  • The concept of cover art!
  • Traditional vs Experimental approaches!
  • How to submit samples that make a powerful impression!

Steranko will answer all your questions about the ART OF STORYTELLING in the most information-packed evening you’ll ever experience! AN EVENT THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE COMICS FORM!

The seminar will begin about 7:30PM at HYATT REGENCY BALTIMORE at 300 Light Street on the evening of Saturday Sept 29, 2018. Limited attendance! Reserve your place now at MASTERING NARRATIVE TECHNIQUE (Four-Hour Session $100) by accessing supergraphics@prevue.net and emailing your confirmation to attend the event. Your presence there will be CONFIRMED BY EMAIL – along with the precise location of the session. AN EVENT THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE COMICS FORM!