Comics Mentor Directory
A directory of people involved in any aspect of comics who offer regular mentorships. While every attempt will be made to keep this list up to date, inclusion in this list is not a guarantee that mentorship is currently being offered, will be offered again, or an endorsement of the mentorship; please visit the mentor's website for the most up-to-date info.
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Date Added Name Pronouns Area(s) of Expertise Social Media Bio Mentorship Info Mentorship Project Mentorship Length Contact Format Contact Frequency Cost to Mentee Benefits Offered Seeking Mentees Who Are... Application Requirements
6/6/2020 Matthew Loux He/him Kids Graphic novels both art and writing, painting @Mattloux (twitter and Instagram) Cartoonist/writer in the NYC area, books include The Time Museum Vol. 1+2 (First Second Books) Salt Water Taffy series, goodnight Gabbaland, Sidescrollers (Oni Press) http://www.mattloux.com Can help with all aspects of creating comics for kids, improving backgrounds and world building, and painting. Flexible depending on what the individual is looking for. Longer/Ongoing [email protected] Flexible None None Interested in making kids Graphic novels, want to improve on their background art and visual world building, will be ok with honest and constructive criticism of your work. Statement of their goals and what they're interested in learning from this, and a portfolio link of some kind.
6/6/2020 Emmett Helen They/Them, He/Him Comic Artist, writer, freelancing @EmmettHelenArt (twitter & instagram) With experience in cartooning, writing, and editorial, both self-publishing and with publishers, I offer "holistic" mentorships that encapsulate the experience of being a full-fledged cartoonist. These are totally pro-bono with the goal being to reach marginalized creators. As a queer, transgender adult on the autism spectrum, I am confident working with mentally ill creators, especially those with anxiety disorders, depression, or executive dysfunction. I'm not a therapist, but can help teach you alternate working styles and coping skills to discover which ones work best for you. You can see my publishing history on my website, www.emmett-helen.com. I semi-regularly offer a variety of mentorships including 1:1 and more extended classroom-type settings, both in-person (when safe) and remotely. Right now I am conducting a free workshop over Discord with Justin Jordan to help 13 marginalized artist-writers finalize a pitch. Most of my mentorships have an actionable goal determined by myself and the mentee. I like them to come out with a portfolio piece at the very least. 1-3 Months Video, email, and/or chat (Discord), but I try to meet everyone where they're most comfortable. Usually weekly or biweekly check-ins, or ongoing. None None (Not necessary, but-) Autistic, transgender, marginalized, mentally ill, LGBTQIA+, passionate, creative, transferring from other industries, students, or college dropouts Portfolio website, current industry experience, and statement of goals.
6/6/2020 Mildred L. She/Her, They/Them Comic Art, Illustration, Writing, Character Design, Concept Art and Development @artofmlouis I’m a jack of all trades artist and comic creator born and raised in Boston whose now living in SoCal. You might know me from my webcomic series Agents of the Realm or Catalyst Overdrive. Outside of those two projects, I also run Astrea’s Nexus Studio – a creative venture born partially out of boredom and my natural tendency to make myself busy (shout out to my Virgo nonesense). To learn more about me and my work you can check out my portfolio at https://artofmlouis.com/ The core of my mentorship's goal is to help you get a better understanding of not only what you want to accomplish but exploring the different avenues that you can take that can allow you to accomplish that goal. While I'm very open to sharing my process, the focus is completely on you to help you better evolve and reach your creative goals to your standards. I work on either a Project basis or a Creative Goal basis (i.e. revamping portfolios, improving your design techniques, etc.). 4-6 Months Phone, Video Chat or Discord We'll meet every two weeks to allow for flexibility and respect for your personal schedule None to What you can afford. If you're in the position to provide compensation each session then awesome, if not that's okay too. None Open to mentees of all backgrounds and experience but highly encourage Black and Queer mentees to apply If you have it, I'll need a link to your portfolio and will also require answers to these three statements - 1.) What are you looking to accomplish through a mentorship program? 2.) What, to you, is your greatest creative strength? 3.) Provide a list of 3 artists that you admire. Can be from any medium.
6/6/2020 Abs Bailey She/Her Character design, general comics drawing (composition, pacing, process ect), self publishing & getting into the comics industry. @barbawk (instagram, twitter) Abs Bailey is a cartoonist and teacher from Cardiff, UK. She specialises in character-based work, and has lectured on the topics of self publishing and breaking into industry at the University of South Wales since 2019. www.barbawk.com PGCE qualified with experience with one-to-one and group mentoring on a BA illustration course. Can assist in any aspect of making comics or help with producing and self publishing work. Taking a short comic (max 32 pages) from script to finals. Plan and produce a small run of printed work for art fairs. All general feedback requests are welcome and I am open to suggestions of projects and goals. 4-6 Months email 1 email/week, but am flexible. None None portfolio or social media link, brief explanation of project goal or mentorship intention.
6/6/2020 MK Reed she/ they pitching, writing & freelance editorial @yesthatmkreed on twitter, @mkreed on IG mkreed.com, comics writer that has written YA fiction, nonfiction science & history educational GNs for the past decade for a variety of publishers. No page for it yet, please send me an email & we'll figure out a schedule Available for feedback on projects and will help set goals for the mentee to get a script sample & pitch together 1-3 Months video chat & email 2x /month None None Comics writers! You do not need to have an artist you're working with yet, we can talk about finding one or pitching without an artist. I'm best able to help writers who know what they want to write/have written a script, and are looking at what step to take next. Please tell me about yourself, about the project, and about any goals you might have for it.
6/6/2020 Gale Galligan they/she Middle grade graphic novels, comics craft, scheduling @robochai Gale Galligan is a middle-grade graphic novelist best known for adapting BABY-SITTERS CLUB volumes five through eight, as well as some fun Garfield fanzines (shh don't tell). They have an MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and love talking process. http://galesaur.com/ I offer two-month mentorships on a fairly regular basis. Each is structured around the needs and goals of each individual; I do my best to help with schedule-setting and comics craft, while answering questions about process, publishing, etc as they come up. http://galesaur.com/aboutgale/mentorship/ A 6-8 page comic (or excerpt; can be part of a pitch or larger story) from start to finish. 1-3 Months Mainly email, with occasional phone/video chat; am happy to accommodate preferences/needs Minimum 1 email/week. None Mini grant upon completion of successful comic within timeframe of mentorship. Have the basics down, feel as though they are at some level of "breaking in." Must be able to discuss work without defensiveness. Must not be for school credit. Open to all applicants, but especially encourage marginalized cartoonists and those who have not had the opportunity to attend art school/take comics courses. Portfolio (MUST have comics), filled-out application (http://galesaur.com/aboutgale/mentorship/)
6/7/2020 Kiel Phegley he/him Middle Grade and/or comics journalism @KielPhegley on Twitter 15 years experience as a comics professional: 10 years as a reporter and editor for top news outlets like CBR, 5 years writing Middle Grade graphic novels and licensed books for the like of Penguin, Scholastic and Lerner Books/Graphic Universe. https://kielphegley.com General career feedback for those looking to advance. Possible to review OGN pitches or script samples. 1-3 Weeks e-mail with phone follow ups flexible None None Looking for people with a foot in the door but who are not sure where to go from here. If you've published a few comics or have written for a few online outlets but are uncertain on how to turn that experience into more stable or longterm work, I'm your guy. Links to previously published (including self-published) work.
6/8/2020 Nidhi Chanani She/her Comics and picture books @nidhiart Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India and raised in California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates illustrations that capture love in everyday moments. In 2012 she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change. Her illustrations are often featured at Disney Parks. She’s the author of Pashmina, the graphic novel, Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend, a bilingual board book and illustrator of the picture book I will be fierce and Binny’s Diwali. Nidhi draws and dreams in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and kid. everydayloveart.com https://everydayloveart.com/ I can provide fee