Heidelberg Comics Days

  • Helen Piercy, Josh Elder, Robert Berry
  • Workshop

A weekend of workshops, presentations, exhibitions and film.


14:00–16:00 Uhr

Cartooning and Comic Strips Workshops for Beginners

Helen Piercy

Learn how to draw character faces and expressions of humans, animals, fantasy creatures and monsters. Learn the tools and techniques of visual storytelling.

Helen Piercy is a London based animator and illustrator whose work as a moving image director spans digital, 2D, stop-frame animation and live-action. Her great passion for comics and filmmaking led her to set up Helen Animate Workshops, teaching young people of all ages and abilities illustration and animation skills. Her first book, Animation Studio, (Trick Film Werkstatt) has been translated into six different languages and is now available worldwide. Her clients include the World Wildlife Fund, BBC Radio One, London Fashion Week, Sky Arts and Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

For more information visit Helen’s Website.



15:00–17:00 Uhr

Making Comics the Ninja Way!

Josh Elder

Learn how to create your own comics and graphic novels. Covering everything from basic cartooning to advanced storytelling techniques, the presentation will include a Q & A session and hands-on comic creating activity.

For mid to advanced level illustrators of any age.

Josh Elder is an award-winning American graphic novelist (Mail Order Ninja, Adventures of Superman, Comics That Make Kids Smarter) and founder of the nonprofit literacy organization Reading With Pictures. He is the current “Comics Ambassador” for the US State Department. Josh first learned to read, and more importantly, to love reading – from comics.

For more information take a look at his website.


17:00–18:00 Uhr

A Comics Studio in the Age of Digital Collaboration

Robert Berry

Robert Berry will discuss how new online conferencing, file sharing and cloud-based creative tools is making it possible for artists and writers from all over the world to work in a much deeper collaborative environment. He’ll be presenting examples from a recent 24 hour comic-making event that challenged people to work in new ways sharing production shortcuts and sparking fresh approaches to the craft.

Suggested for more experienced artists, writers or cartoonists.

Robert Berry is the cartoonist and originator of Ulysses “seen” , a tablet-based graphic novel adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses. His work in the development of that project led to the creation of a unique platform for educational comics and the establishing of his own digital publishing company Throwaway Horse.

Trained as a painter at Detroit’s Wayne State University he began making comics in 2005 and has worked for DC Comics as well as Seven Stories in their “Graphic Canon“ editions. His illustrations for James Joyce’s The Dead were published in 2014 by Stoney Road Press and the James Joyce Centre in Dublin. His work has been seen in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Dublin and Trieste.