Between the Panels - The Shape of Characters to Come

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Between the Panels is a series of comics workshops for teens and adults, empowering you to tell your stories in word and image.

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Improve your ability to communicate through word and image.

Uncover different aspects and perspectives on the comics-making process.

Explore the essence of what makes comics unique through invigorating and contemplative workshops.

Why not tickle your brain with comics?!!



Workshops are Pay-What-You-Can. Suggested donation $25 per workshop. Need-based scholarships available.


Materials are simple - pen (preferably dark) and paper or digital equivalent.

For more than 15 years, 7000 BC has been making and teaching the unique medium of comics. Rather than illustration-based workshops, participants combine word and image to create fast-paced, hands-on graphic storytelling. Join indie comics creators Jeff Benham, Bram Meehan, and Paul Ziomek as they guide you through the world of comics.

Click to learn more about 7000 BC or Between the Panels Workshops.

Between the Panels - Spring 2022

January 15 - April 30, 2022

All classes work individually or as a series. Workshops highlighted in blue are linked and currently available for registration. New workshops are made available 4 weeks before the workshop date. Register for all 16 workshops and you'll receive a Certificate of Completion from 7000 BC!

Sat., Jan. 15, 2022

Sat., Jan. 22, 2022

Sat., Jan. 29, 2022

Sat., Feb. 5, 2022

  • The Down Elevator to Backstory (Design Sheets and Fictional Pasts)
  • Speak swiftly and carry a big sketchbook. What floor, please?

Sat., Feb. 12, 2022

  • Thumbnailing with Kaiju Claws (Enhancing Story with Tiny Broad Strokes)
  • How many ways can you trim your thumbnails and still have them be your thumbnails?

Sat., Feb. 19, 2022

  • Picturing Words in Drawings (Text and Image Interacting)
  • It's a new type of comic once you let the letters in.

Sat., Feb. 26, 2022

  • The Covenant of the Arc (Character Arcs and Story Arcs)
  • Weaving the patchwork of pathways through your story.

Sat., Mar. 5, 2022

  • Mini Comics! What's the Big idea? (A Grand Story in Eight Tiny Pages)
  • An instruction manual for making your way between extremes.

Sat., Mar. 12, 2022

  • The Unexpected Three-Panel Comic (Stories are Everywhere)
  • Accidentally created a comic? Be re-introduced to the language of comics and the landscape of our brains.

Sat., Mar. 19, 2022

  • A Genre By Any Other Name (Forming Stories and Approaching Form)
  • Is it true that the truest tale is truly dull? A mystery, a rom-com, and a memoir walk into a bar.

Sat., Mar. 26, 2022

  • Turning Over A New Leaf (The Importance of Page Turns)
  • Breathing life into the desire to see the next page.

Sat., Apr. 2, 2022

  • You Call That A Comic? (Theme Showing Itself as Format)
  • The container that is your book. How can it reveal your ideas?

Sat., Apr. 9, 2022

  • Caught Up in the Moment (Time in, Around, and Between Panels)
  • Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana — and comics time flies like nothing else.

Sat., Apr. 16, 2022

  • The Cantina at the End of Storytelling (One-Upmanshipping with MacGuffins)
  • One shoe is all you need to make a fine MacGuffin Jam and serve it up to be forgotten in a never-ending tale.

Sat., Apr. 23, 2022

  • Prince Joe Versus the Evil Wizard of Grammaria (How Storytelling Functions in the Brain)
  • Exploring the psychological, emotional, and physical effects of a good story, found on the bread aisle.

Sat., Apr. 30, 2022

  • The Gestalt of It All (History, Monsters, and Show and Tell)
  • Monsters have controlled the evolution of comics. What have we wrought?

7000 BC is a Northern New Mexico-based organization providing opportunities for comics writers and artists to develop their personal styles and storytelling "voices," while promoting an understanding of the cultural significance of comic art through seminars and workshops.

Sol Arts DBA 7000 BC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit visual arts learning collaborative.

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7000 BC’s education programs teach comics creation to all ages. Emphasizing telling a story using the unique visual language of sequential art, these programs show how it’s possible for anyone to produce their own comics.

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