Comics Basics TRACK: Ongoing


This ongoing assignment is to be done simultaneously with the weekly assignments. However, if your schedule doesn’t fit well with this, and you want to do the ongoing assignment at a separate time from the weekly assignments, our suggestion is to do the ongoing assignment for 3 weeks straight. The continuity is important so any time that you can draw daily for 3 weeks is great.


Read comics every day! Half the battle of learning how to create your own comics is to read a LOT of comics and increase your awareness of what is out there.

All types of comics count for this assignment: webtoons, manga, newspaper strips, graphic novels, etc. We recommend trying to read as diverse a range as possible in terms of time period, subject matter, and artistic style. The purpose of this assignment is to expose yourself to comics that you haven’t read in the past.

resources for finding comics to read

Must Read Manga Books, Part 1

Here is a comprehensive list of must read manga books. Many manga types and topics are covered: Shōjo, Shōnen, comedy/gag, horror, and mystery. The discussion starts with the earliest manga by Osamu Tezuka and works its way to manga being produced today. Also explained is how the manga industry works and the best ways to find manga that you’ll be excited to read. Discussion by Art Prof Clara Lieu, Teaching Artist Cat Huang, and Guest Teaching Artist Julie Benbassat.

Must Read Manga Books, Part 2

This video covers a diverse range of manga types and topics: sports, nonfiction, physical disabilities, mental disabilities, LGBTQ+ representation, and niche. Explained in the video are the distinctive visual qualities of each manga and why their representation of specific subject matter is important and compelling in the manga industry. Discussion by Art Prof Clara Lieu, Teaching Artist Cat Huang, and Guest Teaching Artist Julie Benbassat.


Post your ongoing progress in the #artprof-tracks channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from out staff and the community!

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