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March 21, 2022 – March 23, 2022

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | 3 Sessions

Instructor: Justin Zimmerman

How do comics get created? For over a decade, Justin Zimmerman has been writing, creating, editing, and working in the graphic novel field. Come join this teen-focused COMIC CLASS, where he’ll walk students through the steps necessary to make their very own stories come to life. Using behind-the-scenes pages and scenes from some of his most popular graphic novels, Justin will illustrate the scripting, thumbnail, pencil, ink, coloring, and lettering processes. From there, students will try their hands at writing their own short comic stories and workshop their next steps. There will be ample time at the end of each class for those who come prepared with their own questions about the comic industry, and students will leave with a reading list for future research to boot.

Date: March 21, 22, 23, 1pm – 3pm
Tuition: $180
Ages: 12 – 19 years of age
Instructor: Justin Zimmerman

Justin Zimmerman, MFA in Film, is a nationally recognized filmmaker, professor, and comic creator (The Killing Jar, The 27 Run: Crush). His narrative and documentary work has appeared in more than 200 film festivals across the globe and has been broadcast on national public television, where he won two international television awards. He’s also been the recipient of multiple grants and fellowships, he contributed a story to the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Love Is Love, and his script and comic work has been optioned on multiple occasions. He makes cool stuff with his team at


This class is in: Youth Classes

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.