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Zine-making: Character and Stories

London College of Communication
Taught by
Mike Nicholson, A respected industry expert


Find out how you can use the ‘zine’ format to create characters and tell your story on this approachable and enjoyable short course.  Zines are self-published and have a heritage of DIY alternative publishing.

Through exercises with text and image you will learn a new visual literacy, make characters and the world they live in. You will explore ways to say what you want through characters you design and become the author and visualiser of their world. 

At the end the course you will have developed an idea for a self-published ‘zine’. Your work will express professional practices of conceptual development, decision-making and planning.

Topics covered 

  • Character development
  • Plot told through sequential image
  • The pacing of storytelling to create drama

Course Outcomes 

By the end of the course you should be able to: 

  • Understand how story can be constructed through joining image and word
  • See how interesting characters naturally create interesting stories that can also carry a message 

Who should attend? 

This course is ideal for you if you have a passion or a cause you want to share through a 'zine. It is perfect for aspiring illustrators, comic artists, animators and film-makers. 


Intermediate. You must be comfortable with drawing and writing – but don’t need to be expert at either – and love stories.

Follow Up Courses

After you have completed this course you may be interested in Animation and Illustration Portfolio Preparation or Experimental Film and Moving Image

Tutor Description

Mike Nicholson’s deep understanding of the unique relationship between director and storyboard artist has developed across numerous projects. He has worked closely with writer/directors to capture their vision of the scripted word in film, television and advertising, many drama genres and for varied comedy vehicles. Stories may need to be told in an intense 30 second ad or across episodes of an entire TV series, and he can explain how each requires a grasp of filmic language and the logic that storyboards deliver.


This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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