Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I sign up for a class?
2. How do I pay for classes?
3. What if I miss a class?
4. How strict are the age ranges for the classes?
5. What is manga?
6. What is the difference between manga and anime?

7. Why is manga published backwards?

8. Will the class be writing comics in right-to-left format?
9. I like comics, but I don’t draw manga style. Can I still take the class?
10. I only just started drawing. Can I still take the class?

11. What materials are available for students?
12. Have you taught any other classes?
13. Are you available to run a seminar and/or teach a class at my local community center/library/school?
14. Do you teach animation?
15. Why is it called “Megamoth Studio?”

1. How do I sign up for a class?
There are a few ways to sign up. We have a “How to Sign Up” page here, and you can also just contact us directly or check out our sign-up form.

2. How do I pay for classes?
You can pay ahead of time for as many classes you’d like via PayPal, or you can bring in cash or personal checks made out to “Emily C. Martin” when you attend class. We also take credit cards through the Square network, which we can process in person at classes.
We also have information on this on our Class Schedule page and our sign-up form.

3. What if I miss a class?
If you pay for more than one class at a time, your credit never expires, so if you miss a class, the payment rolls over to the next day you attend.
As for our curriculum, we have a very flexible lesson schedule, as students are assigned projects individually based on what interests them. Students will not miss critical lessons, as we keep notes as to what each person is working on every day they attend class.

4. How strict are the age ranges for the classes?
Our age range (12 and up) is not very strict at all. Depending on the situation, we can accept younger students into the class, and we have done so in the past. Our main reason for the age range is the highly individualized teaching structure, and the sheer number of teenagers who are currently enrolled. If younger students are comfortable working with older kids, and have good focus, then they are generally welcome. If you have any specific questions on this, don’t hesitate to email us.

5. What is manga?
“Manga” is the Japanese word used for comics. It usually refers to the entirety of the medium, but it also can refer to the iconic styles of Japanese comics and animation.

6. What is the difference between manga and anime?
“Manga” are comics, while “anime” is animation–specifically, a Japanese nickname for animation. Many anime shows are the animated adaptations of manga, and sometimes, vise versa. An anime can be in the same style as its manga of origin, or different. Every so often, there are anime shows and movies that don’t have original manga. For instance, many films by Studio Ghibli are not based on manga.


7. Why is manga published backwards?
Japanese language is written up to down, right to left, so the layouts in Japanese books reflect this. When the United States and other Western countries started importing manga, the books would be “flipped,” to make them easier to read. However, this meant that all the art was printed backwards.
These days, manga is preserved in its original format due to the simplicity of reprinting it without “flipping” it, and to maintain the artwork in its original format.


8. Will the class be writing comics in right-to-left format?
No. Until further notice, we will not be publishing any books in Japan.
However, if the student is a speaker of languages written right-to-left, and wishes to create work in this format, we are open to this.

9. I like comics, but I don’t draw manga style. Can I still take the class?
Of course. Many of our students do not draw manga, or even comics. We welcome aspiring illustrators, character designers, or students who simply wish to learn basic drawing skills.

10. I only just started drawing. Can I still take the class?
Definitely. We welcome artists of all forms of experience, and there is no skill set required.


11. What materials are available for students?
While we recommend students bring their own sketchbook and pencil, we provide paper and pencils for those without. We also provide inking pens, rulers and copic markers with which students can practice. At our classroom, we also have equipment for digital image processing, as well as supplies for watercolor, pen and ink, and other coloring media. We also have several reference books in our classroom library.


12. Have you taught any other classes?
Yes. I have taught illustration- and comic-based classes for younger students, ages 7 and up, at the Charles Schulz Museum, and other classes for teens at Chop’s Teen Center, Slater Middle School, Rincon Valley Charter School, Maria Carillo High School, and Revolution 9 in Fairfax, CA.

13. Are you available to run a seminar and/or teach a class at my local community center/library/school?
It depends on my schedule, but feel free to contact me with details.

14. Do you teach animation?
Not exactly. We teach cartooning techniques, such as character design and storyboarding, but we do not have the equipment for proper “animation.”

15. Why is it called “Megamoth Studio?”
“Megamoth” is partially a nod to classic movie monsters that fight Godzilla, but mainly it refers to the fixation and transformation of moths. Moths seek light, inspiration, and they grow and change, just like young artists. Also, many young illustrators of Megamoth Studio are avid fans, passionate thinkers, and diligent workers, all fixated on their dreams.