Our SAW End of year fundraiser is over, thanks for everyone who donated!

Below is our 2013 funding video



SAW: Affordable education; Bringing artists and students together

The Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) is a comics learning outpost in sunny Gainesville Florida.

AT SAW, we bring artists and students to work and learn together.

SAW is unconventional, non-institutional, rebellious, lively and serious all at once.

We offer personalized instruction, mentorship and a full-fledged, intensive and professional single-year program at a 3rd to a 10th the price of a single year at larger institutions.

We created SAW for anyone who has the passion and dedication to learn the art.

 We’ve had a great year at SAW.

Our students in 2012-2013 made hundreds of pages of story and artwork, co-curated more than a dozen art shows, collaborated with dramatists and comedians to create original theater, printed and bound thousands of copies of books, attended festivals; worked for clients; and learned in close proximity from our staff of working artists.

We hosted a half dozen visiting artists and scholars. We gave our four grants to deserving cartoonists. And we’re asking for your help to have an even better year next year.



To continue SAW on its mission of supporting artists, putting artists and students together we’re asking for your help.

In 2014, we’re hoping to


  • Bring more artists to Florida to work and teach
  • Assist more students through affordable programs and/or scholarships
  • Expand/extend our grant program
  • Expand our library
  • Upgrade our equipment (computer, Risograph, etc.)
  • Expand our studio space to accommodate 4 or more drawing spaces

Whether it’s an end-of-the-year donation our your first of 2014, your donations to SAW are tax-deductible!

Spread the Word

If you can’t donate, please click us! Click the twtiter, the faceborg, the whatever link, just let people know, we’d really appreciate it. The artists and students of SAW thank you!

If you want to donate, you can also go to our Etsy store

Or donate directly below. SAW is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and your contributions are tax-deductible.


what do we do at saw?


View our entire history here:


we teach comics
We’ve taught comics to youth, adults, newcomers, to visiting students, and to artists and writers in other fields. And we’re proud of the amazing education we’re offering to our current full-year students, who are getting an excellent, full-time, intensive education in drawing, writing, reading, applied media, experimental projects and all things sequential art.


You can see our success from our testimonials:

“I’d say I left SAW feeling like I got so much more than I expected or understood I would get. I got a deep, personally catered fine art education in the fundamentals that can push my own work and style forward.” - Jared Cullum

Anna Mack Quote

Best workshop I have ever participated in, hands down. I learned as a writer, a cartoonist, and as a teacher. …If you have any chance to participate in any of the various workshops, classes, or year-long studies at the Sequential Artists Workshop, you must! Tom Hart and Leela Corman have something special going on down there – as good a workshop as I’ve ever been involved with. - Justin Colussy-Estes

Your school and curriculum are fantastic…I honestly feel far more capable of writing something worth reading after a few classes … Also, Justine being so harsh is perfect. She actually teaches and builds on ideas. – Mike K, Philladelphia

Adrian Pijoan Qupte

How I know a week at @comicsworkshop did its job: I wake up every morning unconcerned with email, burning to draw & write. – Deanna, NYC

Totally inspiring and a few of us left awe-struck… I feel like the big thing I got from SAW was an intense drawing focus, & feeling that I can just dive in and work on stuff at anytime. - Elvis 007


Sally Cantirino Quote

You can see more here:


we host art shows

We’ve hosted more than a dozen art shows and book releases, highlighting the work of great, often underexposed artists like Tom Galambos, Derek Ballard, Caroline Paquita, Justine Mara Andersen, Andre Frattino and more.

Here’s a run down of our list of shows and events:

we partner to support artists

We’re building the connections that artists need to thrive. We fostering creativity and talent in our students, and we’re taking on the challenge of connecting our artists and students to the Gainesville community, and into the larger community of comics artists.

We applied for a State of Florida Humanities Grant to document some of Florida’s amazing histories and folklore and are researching further into making this book a reality.

We’ve given TWO grants to comics creators, Jess Ruliffsson and Julia Gfrörer, with plans for six more.

We earned grants from a local community organization to furnish SAW and from the City of Gainesville to support a local fan convention.

We partnered with the Department of Defense to create a comics portal for returning veterans.

We teamed up with Departments of the University of Florida as well as the Harn Art Musuem and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

We’re currently working with Jenny Zervakis and John Porcellino to publish an omnibus of Jenny’s Strange Growths.


our support relies on your support


To do this, we’re asking for your help. Donations, to keep our lights on, to pay our evil landlord (super evil!), to keep our Risograph running. Every donation matters and helps as does every click to help spread the word . No effort is too small.

SAW is 501(c)(3) and your donations are tax-deductible.

Are we probably forgetting  in-kind donations from 2013? Please realize this is temporary, and we will remember your specific efforts to support us, bang our hands into our heads and say “duh!” Then we will update this page. Please know your donations and efforts have all been graciously appreciated by the staff and students here at SAW, thank you! Feel free to contact us about a receipt.



Thanks for your support, or order or whatever! Please know that you are ON THE SIDE OF GOOD.

Your donations are tax deductible! And you will help create the school by providing:
  • Desks, furniture, drawing boards, etc.
  • Rental space, utilities
  • Supplies (art, office)
  • Computers and software
  • Marketing and printing services
  • Tuition assistance for needy students
  • Artist support for visiting artists
  • Administrative support
  • Odds and ends like a Pantone book, tape binding/spiral binding machines, keeping our Risograph working, etcetera!

The Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


If you want to donate, you can go to our Etsy store
or donate to us directly through the button below. SAW is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and your contributions are tax-deductible.