222-Anime & Manga

In this class, students will have the chance to learn about the principles of character and environment design in anime and manga. We'll explore a different topic each week along with different design inspirations from various titles which will allow students to create their own original works and will culminate in either manga style comic panels or a pitch deck-style presentation of the world and characters. It's a great chance to dive into the world of anime and manga in a collaborative and friendly environment and create something new!

This class is open to students age 16 and above!
NOTE: There is no class on 4/24.

Week 1 | April 3rd: Designing characters and brainstorming ideas. Each student gets to design and finalize one or two characters and we will brainstorm ideas for worlds and stories their characters can inhabit.

Week 2 | April 10th: Storytelling lecture. We go over the principles of storytelling and story structure and students can work collaboratively to generate ideas for a short manga story or pitch deck presentation about their original world.

Week 3 | April 17th: Environment art. Each student gets to design and finalize one piece of environment art. Additionally, students should be able to commit to at least one idea.

Week 4 | May 1st: Prop art. Each student gets to design and finalize multiple props for characters in their worlds to use.

Week 5 | May 8th: With character art, story, environment and prop art all determined, students start work on their short manga comic book story or pitch deck.

Week 6 | May 15th: Students continue work on their manga panels or pitch deck.

Special Notes

All students must comply with the Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Policies and Procedures.


• Sketchbook
• Pencils
• Pens
• Copic or Prismacolor Markers

About the Instructor

Gene Kim

Gene Kim is a storyboard artist and animator who has storyboarded on Netflix, Amazon Studios and other major streaming platform shows in addition to his own work. Before switching to storyboards, Gene was a CG artist at Disney's Blue Sky Studios and an undergrad animation generalist program intern at Pixar Animation Studios. His own original animated work One Last Monster has been profiled by ForbesThe Korea TimesToon Boom Animation and other major news outlets (for more info visit onelastmonster.com/awards.) Additionally, his previous films have won dozens of international awards and in 2012 he was shortlisted for an Academy Award in the Student Undergraduate Animation category. For more info, please visit genekk.com or @one.last.monster on Instagram.


Class Details

April 03 - May 22, 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Days: Wednesday

Tuition: $237

Member Tuition: $212

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Spring 2024

Level: Adult

Instructor: Gene Kim