BEHOLD!  IVAN VELEZ' CURRENT LIST OF
AVAILABLE CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
As a veteran teaching artist that specializes in cartooning, manga and writing classes, I focus on
using the comics art-form to teach writing, drawing, and, most of all, critical thinking. I want the
students to see the messages and history behind their popular culture, and empower them to
make healthy choices as well as create their own messages.  I also offer specialized themes such
as 'Green comics', Monster comics (good for October), Shoujo (girl's comics), Shonen (boy's
comics), as well as others. Each class can be tailored for specific age groups as well as special
populations. I own a Metrocard and can travel to any of the 5 boroughs.

Drawing supplies and prizes are provided. All the kids need to bring is their imagination.  

For a list of current classes, please click
here.

Here are some photos of past classes taught at various venues (i.e. The Bronx Museum of the Arts,
several NY Public Library branches, Queens Public libraries and Poe Park).

For pricing, availability and any other questions, please contact me here or at
ivanvelezjr@gmail.com
Or call at (347) 427- 7553

TEEN FRIENDLY PROGRAMS:

PLANET MANGA:
We'd be teaching the fundamentals of storytelling and character building using a COSMIC, FANTASTICAL
SPACE OPERA format.  This is a wonderful intro to comics, animation and science fiction as the kids learn to
tell stories and create characters based on scientific facts and dreams of the future.  Good for a one shot or
3-class series (Big bangs, universes, and planets, oh my)

URBAN GODS AND MONSTERS:
We create a new pantheon of gods and monsters using urban myth and classic mythology. Using classic
drawing, character building and a little research into the myths of the world, we create a new universe ruled by
gods and deities that make sense of our current world.

GREEN COMICS:
Learn the basics of character design and world building while focusing on green issues, what pollutes our
world, and the little steps we can all do to help. Create your own heroes to fight monsters and villainous
polluters.

HISTORY OF COMICS:
Where did Superman come from? Join Ivan Velez for a history of American style comics, from the Yellow Kid
and Spiderman to Archie and the Warren Commision to today. Learn how these iconic characters have
reflected and influenced American culture and morality.

A BETTER WORLD:
Using the manga artform to create stories and characters of diversity, empowerment, and tolerance. Creating
new worlds that are fair, diverse and fun, we learn how to use cartooning and Manga to make the world a
better place. One-shot or part of group of classes that focus on how to make comics the right and fair way.

TALES OF THE CLOSET:
The cartoonist and creator of TALES OF THE CLOSET, a seminal book that teaches youth about diversity,
orientation and issues that affect us all comes to talk to the youth about the process of creating this comic
book series, and how to create and even publish their own work. Basic comic book skills are learned and
explained, and they even get a free copy of the first volume. Can be taught in one-shot, or series of 3 classes.

MAKING COMICS 101
A rundown on today's comics industry and what you need to get a comic book made. Basic character design,
themes, targeting audiences, genres, scripting , writing, drawing, inking and printing will be touched upon as
teens create their own premise and story 'bible' en route to creating their very own comic!

MANGA DRAWING WORKSHOP
Do you have the next manga series ready to pour through your fingertips? Join cartoonist Ivan Velez
and learn how to draw your own characters, plot your stories, and more! All materials will be provided.

SHONEN-AI
Using the art of the popular japanese girl's genre that uses teen love between boys to entertain. We will learn
how to use the same form to educate and inspire understanding. This is best with an older group of teens, or
in the context of a diversity lesson. Shonen Ai, one of the most popular genres read by teenage girls in Japan
covers teen sexuality and orientation is a sweet and innocuous way. Its a way to celebrate Pride month, or to
increase awareness and tolerance. The kids learn to create stories that take place in high school environments
that focus on friendship and emotions. Basic character creation and story plots are learned, as well as a few
different approaches to tackling tough topics and opinions.

HUMAN SEXUALITY 101; or (REAL DEAL COMICS):
A basic course of the different types of gender and sexual orientation. We create art and characters of different
genders and orientations to inspire empathy and practical knowledge. We give the teens what we know about
sexuality in a safe environment... basic lessons on gender, diversity, and orientation, and how to treat people
who are different with respect. Then they are asked to create a team of heroes that are interesting in their
gender diversity as well as their orientation. Recommended for teens or group situations where the issues and
topics are already being or about to be discussed.

MAKING A BETTER WORLD via Arts and Comics:
We use basic research skills, graphic design and frank discussions to come up with a fun ad campaign and/or
media plan (i.e. comic strip, pamphlets, handout cards or posters) that will teach folks what they need to learn
about the world and avoiding life's pitfalls.

URBAN COMICS DRAWING WORKSHOP:
Kawaii not cutting it for you? Learn how to draw street style with Ivan Velez. Bring your characters to life in
your very own gritty comic.

THE MANGA GAMES:
Cartooning classes focusing on themes relating to the 'isms' of society.  The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner
and even Battle Royale all feature teen characters pit against each other as a diversion against the larger
problems of their societies. This is a workshop where the students create their own characters with back
stories and a universe to fight in an unjust society's arena. These amazing warriors are built for revolution.  We
also create a basic gaming system using dice and a home made scorecard to determine winners.  

COMICS AND THE QUEST:
A band of heroes set out on a dangerous adventure in order to fulfill a noble quest.  Sound familiar?  From the
hobbit to Dungeons and Dragons and countless other versions in comics, film, literature and gaming, the noble
quest has fascinated kids of all ages. Now we can create our own gaming universes, full of interesting
characters and wondrous vistas. They will learn to create and document their own universes, come up with a
reason for their quest, and invent characters complete with their own unique powers and battle systems.
Using paper, markers, and some dice, we come up with a trial run of their newly minted game.
This can be a one-off or a series of classes.

MANGA GOT GAME:
The sports manga is a very popular read; from the social realness of REAL (wheelchair basketball), to the
comedy and angst of PRINCE OF TENNIS, SLAM DUNK and PRINCESS NINE (girl's baseball)... they all focus
on the trails and tribulations of young people with dreams. We teach our youth basic storytelling and drawing
skills as they create their own characters who play in the sport they love best, as well as how to infuse their
sports tales with real life dramas and dreams.  Available as a one-off or a series of classes.

REAL WORLD COMICS:
a multicultural comics class that focuses on creating characters of color and other diversity, as well on
focusing on social issues and stories that are more true-to-life. Great for teens as a one shot or
a series of 3 classes.

SHONEN/SHOUJO:
Comics for boys and comics for girls... what's the difference between them, and how to create them for one
target audience and still be friendly towards another. We focus on basic stories, character designs and even do
a basic business plan for marketing and media.   Good for one-shots.


KID FRIENDLY PROGRAMS
(although teens would like them as well):

HEROES OF THE WORLD:
What are heroes, and why do we need them?  We focus on diversity and multiculturalism as we learn hero
myths from all over the world. We focus on the surprising types of heroes that can sometimes be forgotten in
American mythology (like heroic women, children and the elderly). The students are asked to create their own
heroes after learning where the legends come from, what are archetypes, and the many uses (education,
inspiration, and role modeling) of a great heroic myth. Great for all ages, as a one-shot or a series of 3 classes.

COSMIC TOT AND FAMILY: (made for the really young students and their parents)
we teach the basics of anatomy, and family building using CHIBIS (big headed supercute drawings) to build
Robot, monster, alien and even fairy tale families. i.e. a magic kid can make her/her own helpful families out of
forest creatures or local monsters and help save the day.  

PLANET MANGA:
We'd be teaching the fundamentals of storytelling and character building using a COSMIC, FANTASTICAL
SPACE OPERA format.  This is a wonderful intro to comics, animation and science fiction as the kids learn to
tell stories and create characters based on scientific facts and dreams of the future.
Good for a one shot or 3-class series (Big bangs, universes, and planets, oh my)

MANGA WORKSHOP:
Focusing on Japanese and American style comics, the students learn the history and nuts and bolts of this
very popular form of comics, and make connections to their own experiences and cultures as they create their
own characters for their own comics. They pick a genre, a target audience and a theme, and first create CHIBIs
(child like characters with large heads and little bodies)... then move on to designing themselves as a Manga
star! This is usually followed by a short Quiz contest where they answer manga related questions for prizes.
**This program works for one shots, or a series of 3 classes, and all age groups.

A BETTER WORLD JR:
Using the manga artform to create stories and characters of diversity, empowerment, and tolerance. Creating
new worlds that are fair, diverse and fun, we learn how to use cartooning and Manga to make the world a
better place. One-shot or part of group of classes that focus on how to make comics the right and fair way.
We'll make characters of different abilities, ages, backgrounds, and have the class
create teams that showcase tolerance and teamwork.

URBAN MANGA:
Cartooning classes focusing issues and themes relating to local culture and target populations.  Similar to the
Manga workshop where the students create their own characters and stories, but with more focus on local
issues and current events. (i.e. we create mythological creatures based on Caribbean culture).
Good for a one shot or a series of 3 classes.

MAKING COMICS 101:
A rundown on today's comics industry and what you need to get a comic book made. Basic character design,
themes, targeting audiences, genres, scripting , writing, drawing, inking and printing will be touched upon as
the students create their own premise and story 'bible' (a document full of ideas, the story pitch, and character
model sheets used to promote their idea). Best taught as a series of 3 to 4 classes
with an end product in mind (i.e. a zine or shared universe bible).

GREEN COMICS:
Similar to the Manga workshop, the students learn the basics of character design and 'world building' (creating
environments and universes for their characters)... but after they get a rundown on green issues, what pollutes
our world, and the little steps we can all do to help.  All heroes created would be customized to fight monsters
and villainous polluters. Good for one-shots.

THE MANGA GAMES:
Cartooning classes focusing on themes relating to the 'isms' of society.  The Hunger Games, and The Maze
Runner  all feature young characters pit against each other as a diversion against the larger problems of their
societies. This is a workshop where the students create their own characters with back stories and a universe
to fight in an unjust society's arena. These amazing warriors are built for revolution.  We also create a basic
gaming system using dice and a home made scorecard to determine winners.  

MONSTERS OF THE WORLD:
One of my most popular workshops (and perfect for October or any time). What are monsters, and why do we
need them?  The students are asked to create their own monsters after learning where the legends come from
and the many uses ( crime prevention, warnings, morality plays) of a good spooky monster story.
Great for all ages, as a one-shot or a series of 3 classes.

JUNIOR COMICS MASTERS:
we focus on the business and start-ups of comics related media in our digital age.  This is for the serious teen
who would like to learn how to begin an original comic empire.  Web comics and blog inspired.  

MONSTERS 101:
Learn the history of Monsters of every culture. Investigate why we need Monsters in our lives. Create your own
custom made Monster for a new generation. Promotes understanding of multiculturalism, diversity, global
history and critical thinking. Great as a one-shot, or a short series.

FAIRY TALES:
Creating new stories that teach, warn and delight young kids. This class is great for pre-K, middle school and
teens. They learn about the old stories, archetypes, the uses of certain stories and how to use the basic tools
of storytelling to create new fairy tales for a new age. ;) Includes drawing and writing and even a little bit of
book making. ;) Great as a one-shot.

ROBOT 101:
From ancient automatons to present day nano-bots to futurific droids, we learn about the long history of robots
in fairy tales, Science fiction stories, manga, comics, toys and big budget movies. After some history and
understanding (and basic drawing lessons) they will learn to design their own droid.  One-shots or paired with
the Monster class.