Storyboard Studio:

A Visual Storytelling Workshop

Are you the artist who will create the next great graphic novel? Always wanted to create your own children’s book? Join our workshop and get the tools to bring your story to life!

Transform your stories into captivating visual narratives that leave a lasting impression.

Join us at STORYBOARD STUDIO: A VISUAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOP and unlock the power to turn your ideas from invisible to unforgettable.

Discover how to bring your visions to life in a way that engages, inspires, and stays with your audience long after.

Ready to see your stories in a whole new light?

Storyboard Studio
Blake Wilde - Destructo Boy

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

-C. S. Lewis

Workshop Origin Story

In the vibrant heart of Yuma, Arizona, a new chapter is about to unfold for storytellers and dreamers alike. Imaginary Friends Design Studios, a creative haven founded in 2002 by Jon Michael Perry—a lifelong aficionado of comic books and graphic novels—has always been more than just a design studio. It’s a place where imagination takes flight, and stories find their wings.
During the unprecedented times of the pandemic, Imaginary Friends launched a competition that shone as a beacon of hope and creativity. It was an open call for creators to weave their magic into graphic novels, children’s books, and any tale with a visual heartbeat. The prize was a dream for many: to see their vision published, shepherded by seasoned professionals from the industry.
The success of this competition unveiled the depth and diversity of untold stories, sparking a realization in Jon and his team. There was a treasure trove of narratives yet to be discovered, and it was time to unearth more of these gems. Thus, the vision for the “STORYBOARD STUDIO: A VISUAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOP” was born, with its inaugural session set to light up imaginations on May the Fourth.
Choosing May the Fourth was no mere coincidence. For Jon and the Imaginary Friends community, this date resonates with their deep-seated love for geek culture and the fantastical journeys of graphic novels that have inspired generations. The workshop is a salute to the stories that bind us, an adventure into the realms of fantasy that have long fueled their creative passions.
The first-ever session of this workshop will not take place within the walls of Imaginary Friends Design Studios but will instead bring creativity to the spacious and inviting atmosphere of the Main Yuma County Library. From 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, participants will embark on a journey through the art of visual storytelling. Helmed by Jon Michael this workshop explore everything from planning your story, bringing your characters to life, creating captivating settings, crafting visual narratives and, most importantly, storyboarding.
But the STORYBOARD STUDIO workshop is more than a day of learning and exploration; it marks the beginning of the Visual Storyteller contest for 2024. It’s an invitation to those who attend to start their own saga in the world of graphic novels and illustrated books, a starting line for stories waiting to be told.
For Jon Michael Perry, this upcoming workshop is the culmination of a lifelong journey through the pages of comic books and the realization of a vision to nurture and celebrate the art of storytelling. As May the Fourth approaches, the anticipation builds—not just for a day of creativity and learning, but for the stories that will emerge, ready to captivate and inspire.
In Yuma, on this special day, a legacy awaits. For the storytellers who gather, it’s an opportunity to be part of something bigger, a moment to transform the invisible into the unforgettable.

What It Includes


The workshop will be a hands-on presentation through guided activities going through the foundational skills of visual storytelling.


Provided to each participant will be a full workbook that takes them from idea to execution through guided exercises.

Food & Drinks

Light food and drinks will be provided during the workshop. Please remember to fill out the allergen portion of your questionnaire after purchasing your tickets.

“In comics at its best, words and pictures are like partners in a dancer and each one takes turns leading.”

-Scott McCloud

Storyboard Studio

Event Details

The workshop will be held on May 4, 2024 at Yuma County Library at 11:30am and it will conclude at 3:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Follow the link below to buy now!

Tickets are discounted to $9 until May 1st! Afterwards, tickets return to full price at $59.

Limited seating means tickets are first come first serve!


Is there an age requirement?

Minimum age is 16 for attendees.

How long is the workshop?

The workshop is 4 hours. 11:30am to 3:30pm

What if I’m late?

We will be starting on time out of respect to present guests.

What should I bring?

We will provide writing utensils and guided materials, but if you have a pen you personally prefer, you’re welcome to bring it.

What if I have food allergies?

Please provide any food allergen information ahead of time by emailing

Can I buy a ticket at the door?

Seats are limited so we highly suggest buying your ticket in advance. Additionally, tickets are discounted to $9 until May 1st. Afterwards, tickets return to full price at $59

Storyboard Studio

The Visual Storyteller Contest Will Return May 4, 2024!

Entries are due September 2, 2024.

The winners will be announced on October 14, 2024.