Art Way Alliance

Columbia Comic Con Workshop Schedule


BE YOUR OWN SUPERHERO with Charles Sellner of Visionary Comics – 12:00pm to 1:00pm 1hr


We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own super-hero look!


CREATIVITY IN COMICS with Keir Lyles of Apocrypha Comics Studio – 1:30 to 2:30pm 1hr


From concept to completion this workshop is a steps by step process in making comic books. From coming up with ideas, to scripting, penciling, inking, colors, and lettering/ design. There are many steps in making a comic book, and in this class students will learn: How to focus ideas into a single concept for a story and much more. Local Comic Writer/ Creator Keir Lyles will also discuss his own process, and help students flesh out some ideas.


THE ART OF DRAWING CHIBI with Dennis Johnson – 3:00pm to 4:00pm 1hr


Chibi is a style formed from Japanese anime and manga, the word itself means “small child”. This is fitting for a style that exaggerates features like head size and shape, height, and eye size. In this class students will learn to transform a character into a Chibi! We will explore different styles of Chibi as well as pinpointing key features to capture the identity and attitude of a character.


Art Way Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to providing students with the opportunities and experiences necessary to acquaint them with the practice, techniques, and procedures associated with media arts and related careers. Art Way Alliance strives to provide these opportunities to those who would otherwise not have direct access to instructors, materials, and other like-minded individuals.

Art Way Alliance accomplishes this mission by teaching students how to create and market their original comic books, manga, and cartoons in an environment free of judgment and derision. AWA works through classes, events, conventions, and partnerships with wonderful and dedicated artists and volunteers to accomplish this undertaking.

Art Way Alliance further emphasizes the educational value of comics and cartoons by incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) or Common Core elements into our curriculum.


In the past year, AWA has hosted multiple workshops and classes in the DMV area. Our STEAM program in particular has been incredibly popular. We’ve also participated in events ranging from a Back to School Jamboree to Awesome Con and have created amazing partnerships with schools, non-profit, and profit businesses.

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