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Manga Storytelling Mentorship

Manga Storytelling Mentorship

An 8-week mentorship course where students will acquire new knowledge about manga storytelling, they will learn how to analyze manga pages and they will receive constant feedback on their storyboards following the Japanese system of work between an editor and a mangaka.

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Build your skills toward becoming a manga creator

Build your skills toward becoming a manga creator

Students will acquire new knowledge about manga storytelling, they will learn how to analyze manga pages pages and they will receive constant feedback on their storyboards following the Japanese system of work between an editor and a mangaka.

By the end of the course, the students will have worked on: one "clean" storyboard f 8-12 pages, 40 yonkoma sketches, 8 inked yonkoma; students will have deepen their knowledge about how to involve the reader using manga storytelling and learnt the basic functions of Clip Studio (for presenting a storyboard to an editor) too.

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Registration Period
Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
Course Start
Jul 10, 2024

Course Format

Live ( Sessions are recorded and available afterwards)

Skills Level



8 weeks


Live group sessions (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)


Individual feedback

Lecture Type

Live ( Sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Students must have attended "Creating Manga: Storytelling Essentials" (all learnt there is critically important)
Clip Studio Pain (Ex version preferred but Pro is fine too)

What you'll learn

Students have access to the classroom and can get ready for week one first presentation.

Kishotenketsu | Logline |  Character sheet | How different size and shape of panels give different narrative results 

Clip: Creating your manga file, digitalizing a draft, basic tools

Analysis of pages: From western comic to "manga language" | Emotional subject

  Clip: Types of layers, tones, gradient, gradient map, more tools

Creating rhythm: going faster, going slower | Emotional time, action time, reading time | "Ma" and emotional focus 

 Clip: exploring toolbars

Basic Komawari | Misegoma | Narrative unit: space/time/emotion 

 Clip: Layer mask, save your workspace

Flow and Z-rule - actions'direction (speeck bubbles and kakimoji) 

 Clip: Brushes, Rulers, Transform

Maximum number of panels | Improving our ideas and characters (What if) | Segments of a story that may be a story in themselves.


Clip: nemu no nemu with Clip, Story set up

Balancing Characters, Story, Setting , Themes and Art (Part 1) 

Clip: Line Art, tools for crosshatching

Balancing Characters, Story, Setting ,Themes and Art (Part 1) 

 Clip: Clip Sutio Asset, Materials, 3d approach

LECTURES BY Elena Vitagliano
Course Start: Jul 10, 2024
Elena Vitagliano is an award winning Italian comic artist living in London. Her work is related to the analysis of human emotions and the meaning of life. She grew up in Italy during an era of predominantly Japanese anime. This had a massive impact on her, leading to her developing a keen interest in Japanese culture, culminating in a degree revolving around Oriental culture, art and language, and even spending a year living and studying in Tokyo. Eventually, her passion got the better of her and she began to pursue a graphic design and manga career. Her winning streak encompasses various National Italian illustration awards, being a finalist at Torino Comix 2011, winning in the 2011 Manga Jiman Competition (organized by the Japanese Embassy in UK) and in 2013 the European Competition "Comics for Equality”.

Her greatest award has been received in 2018 though. She has been the first European woman to win the Grand Prix Award (first prize) in the Silent Manga Audition (international Japanese competition) - 8th edition - with the short manga “The cruelest Rule” about fair play. Furthermore, she occasionally writes articles about manga, makes manga portraits, cooperates with museums, associations and manga events and used to host a daily radio show about anime and manga. She is currently cooperating with a Japanese editor to write and draw a full-length manga novel and has just published a harvest of her short stories in Italy, called “Silent Smiles”.

Elena is the first Italian mangaka to be published in Shonen Jump Plus. You can read about it here.

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Pricing Schedule

3x Payments


2x Payments


Full payment


Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
COURSE BEGINS on Jul 10, 2024
Manga Storytelling Mentorship

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Receive personalized feedback on all assignments from the industry’s top professionals.


Enjoy lifetime access to the spectrum of course content, including lectures, live Q&As, and feedback sessions.


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