Thursday, July 21, 2011

BATMAN layouts Part 2

Sorry for getting these up late! SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) is in full swing, and has put me behind schedule.

These are the last 3 page layouts of the 6 page BATMAN:WAR script we're working on at the COMICS & MANGA WORKSHOP. We covered Pages 4 & 5, but didn't quite get to 6.
I'll try and add some commentary on these layouts a little later tonight (after the show).

Headed down to the Con!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Had a great workshop yesterday! We're working from script - to 6 comic page layouts.

HERE ARE GENERAL LAYOUTS for the first 3 pages. Its an unusual BATMAN story - to keep it interesting. I chose BATMAN because he's a familiar character for most people, and easy to interpret in most any art style. That AND he's just plain COOL!

For those in the Workshop, (if you aren't - join in the fun!) again these are GENERAL layouts for you to help get the ball rolling. Even after final layouts are finished, there is always room for 'jazzing' each panel up a bit when moving on to the finished page.

Some important things to remember in constructing the layouts:

a) - vary the size of the characters from panel to panel. Close-up, medium close-up, wide/far shot. Keeps the page visually

b) - Have at least 1 establishing shot (background with vital elements/characters in the scene/situation).

c) - decide which panel(s) is most important in the page, this will help you determine how much space (what size the panel should be) to emphasis this.

d) - figure out what it is about the character (esthetics) that you enjoy drawing the best, and incorporate it into your storytelling

SIDE NOTE: I noticed in PAGE 1, I didn't insert "the dozens of alien ships" into panel one. -
TO REMEDY: I could change the angle in PANEL 1 to include the sky full of ships and burning buildings - or I could change the angle in PANEL 3 to BATMAN looking up at dozens of ships above him.

Any questions, feel free to leave a comment or email!

Have fun! Look forward to seeing your layouts!


Saturday, June 25, 2011


Love to draw?! Love comic books and manga?! Come learn storytelling techniques from Comic Book industry professionals!

Come join in the fun!

It doesn't matter what drawing level you may be at. Whether a beginner for the fun of it, or in need of help putting together a portfolio for the San Diego Comic Con!
We will teach you the very bedrock principles that industry professionals use in bringing their stories to life on the printed page! While meeting people with the same passion of the visual arts!


The COSSIN BROS - MATT & MIKEY COSSIN, have over 15 years of combined Professional Comic Book Industry experience!
Working in both U.S. and European markets, on titles such as G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, TOY STORY, MICKEY MOUSE and DONALD DUCK!

STARTS: JULY 5 2011 and runs [every TUESDAY/ 6:00PM - 7:30PM] until AUGUST 9th!


The Abalone Room at

Coronado Community Center
1845 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118

Coronado Community Center
Just a few minutes away from Downtown, overlooking beautiful Gloria Bay!

There are 6 classes in this session - each class is $25 per student.
(Suggested ages start at 13- adult)

[SPECIAL: for students paying upfront, the entire 6 classes, will receive $25 OFF the total! 1 FREE LESSON!
*San Diego Comic Con attendees will receive 20% off of Tuesday's [July 19th] class!
*Receive 20% off with proof of purchase @ Anime*Manga (Rising Sun Creations), Comickazi and Comics-N-Stuff comic stores.

Please notify Matt of class interest:
Students have the option of payment via PAYPAL (info will be emailed) or at the class site, but all students must contact Matt for class registration. Class space is limited.

We look forward to working with you on your comic book endeavors!