Welcome to the 2023 #StoCoComics Challenge

April 17 - April 24, 2023

In partnership with DriveThruComics

This 100% free creative challenge is a guided 8-day-long program that takes you step-by-step through making a one-page, 5-panel comic "vignette."

Storytelling Collective is combining the spirit of Free Comic Book Day (May 6) with the concept of 24-Hour Comics Day, (which occurs in the fall). 

You do not have to be an experienced writer or artist to participate in this challenge.

The goal of this mini "crash course" is to design a one-page comic that we'll be publishing in a collection for Free Comic Book Day for the first time in Storytelling Collective’s history!

Our guided daily courses unlock starting on April 17th, 2023. Register now to get your templates and join us in the #stoco-comics channel on Discord.

Free Comic Book Day Collection

May 6, 2023

The StoCo team will be publishing your vignettes for release on May 6th in celebration of Free Comic Book Day. The collection will be free for a limited time.

Challenge Schedule

Here's an overview of the 8-day challenge, and what you can expect

Day 1: Brainstorming Your Concept and Establishing Your "Vignette"

Establishing your concept via brainstorming maps. In this lesson, we'll cover the basics of brainstorming using a brainstorming map, and how to distill your concept to a "vignette" that fits on a single page.

Unlocks April 17th

Day 2: Scripting Your Vignette

Drafting a basic script. In this lesson, you'll learn how to write a simple script based on your vignette from Day 1.

Unlocks April 18th

Day 3: Thumbnailing Your Comic

Sketching out the rough thumbnails for your one-page vignette. In this lesson, you'll learn the basics of thumbnailing and how this step in the process can help you nail down your panels.

Unlocks April 19th

Day 4: Sketching Your Comic

Sketching out your comic panels in more detail. In this lesson, you'll learn how to make your thumbnails into more substantial sketches. For non-illustrators, you'll want to finish collecting the artistic assets you're using in lieu of drawing.

Unlocks April 20th

Days 5 & 6: Ink and Color—or Refine—Your Comic

Inking and coloring, or refining, your panels. In this lesson, you'll learn what the inking and coloring steps are for, and will also learn the basics of color theory. 

Unlocks April 21st

Days 7 & 8: Putting the Final Touches on Your Comic

Adding lettering and panel borders and getting your page ready for submission. In this lesson, we'll cover what lettering is and provide some resources on finishing your page, as well as the importance of panel borders and gutters!

Unlocks April 23th

About the Instructor

This creative challenge was designed and developed by comic book creator Kayla Cline

Kayla Cline

Kayla Cline is a graphic novelist and illustrator based on the East Coast. In addition to working for Explosm (Cyanide & Happiness) as a marketing specialist, she's a prolific comic creator and artist. Kayla is the co-writer and illustrator of The Rite of Rumble, which recently raised over 600% of its funding goal on IndieGogo. She has illustrated for Hit Point Press, Wizards of the Coast, and for many other community driven tabletop roleplaying products. Her work is featured in the comics anthology Insider Art. She can be found recording her podcast Spooky Scouts, designing clothing for the brand We Crowing Hens, or just coming up with new creative ways to connect with communities. Learn more at KaylaCline.com.

#StoCoComics Challenge kicks off on April 17th

Register now to join the challenge as soon as it begins