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Character Building Workshop

One of the most exciting creative tasks in comic books, video games, or role play games is the process of character design! Whether it’s a clean cut space hero, a mysterious princess, a fuzzy sidekick or a beast from a forbidden forest, Matt will guide you through your creation. You will investigate gesture, posture, emotion, reference and detail each week in this four week course Pizza for lunch before the class.

So you think you're funny?!

Comedy Writing Course
This four week course will be a combination of instruction and writing exercises designed to unleash your inner comedian. Learn the basics of gag-writing, stringing jokes together, mining a subject for laughs, and writing comedy in various forms. Topics covered will include the Structure of a Joke, Cartoons and Captioning, the Humorous Essay, Stand-Up Comedy Writing, Sketch Comedy, Basics of Sit-Com Writing, and Inserting Comedy into Speeches. Master the Art of Observation and Learn to Think Funny.

Writing for Children

This four week course will explore the various categories, markets, and techniques in writing for children. The course will be a combination of lecture, exercises, and peer review of writing samples. We will look at the current market trends, and some of the current bestsellers and classics of children's literature. Students will be encouraged to write in the genre they are most comfortable in, be it fiction, non-fiction, long form or short. Bring a pen, an imagination and step into the wonderful world of writing for an audience of children!

Mad Science Toons!

Take Matt Ryan's newest cartooning class! Learn to draw using simple shapes and gestures and then create your own cute or creepy new creature! Creativity is encouraged in this class series! Perfect for you and your little ones who love to create strange creatures! 4 classes, 2 hour sessions, Free Lunch at the beginning/conclusion of each class (depending on time of class)

Graphic Novel Writing Project – Create a Full Script

This course will cover the basics for writing and scripting graphic novels. There will be 4 sessions with instruction and writing exercises. Students will be expected to work on their scripts in between sessions and be prepared for peer review of their work. The goal of the course is to create an industry standard 22 page script in a subject of the student's choosing! No prior graphic novel writing experience necessary. Free Lunch from New England Pizza provided with each session!

King Of The Monster Mountain Returns!

We are hosting a special workshop the Saturday before Halloween, called King Of The Monster Mountain! Matt Ryan, creator of Monster Labs, will teach a new special creature creation workshop for all ages that runs from 11 am until 2 pm! Who will have the scariest? Who made most disgusting? Whose will win King Of The Monster Mountain?

3 hour session, Saturday morning, Workshop is only $5!

Friday Drawing and Painting for Teens

Take Matt Ryan's popular Friday sessions at its new location at Free Lunch Studios! Come and develop skills in a relaxed atmosphere while working on individual projects. Components of drawing and painting will explore pencil, charcoal, watercolors and acrylic paint, working from photo reference and the imagination. Emphasis will be on creativity and individual expression. Experiment with a new medium, try something new! Best part is it works with your schedule! Miss a class, no big deal...

Comic Book Storytelling

Create a finished comic strip or page in this 4 week course for the student who has finished Cartoon Anatomy. Work from a script or create your own story to work from in this exciting class. Dealing with slice of life, slapstick humor, elements of horror or the most intense action, make all of your pages works of art. Free Lunch and drink served before or after this 2 hour class.

Creating A Comic Book World

The perfect follow up to Cartoon Anatomy, Creating A Cartoon World focuses on creating mood, environment, and detail to the storytelling process. The goal of this 4 week series is to take the ability of making characters, and place them into dramatic settings, convincing surroundings and exciting stories. Course will include the ever popular, "Free Lunch" from our neighbors over at New England Pizza.

Graphic Novel Writing Workshop

This general survey of writing for graphic novels will include instruction on script formats, the elements of graphic novel “language”, and things to include and avoid while constructing a graphic novel. Other topics covered will include working with artists, working with editors, plotting, characterization, and thematic story constructions. There will be two writing exercises with peer review covering the creation of believable characters with powerful dialog, and creating a classical plot structure.


Cartoon Anatomy is the basic 4 week course that will teach working lines and simple shapes, creating the foundation of character design, form, gesture, expression and a couple sneaky "tricks" we've learned along the way. Courses include our "Free Lunch" named after our comic company and studio. That will be pizza (purchased from our neighbors at New England Pizza (which is awesome)) and soft drinks, served before this class.