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Comic Coloring Boot Camp hotel & registration info

Are you ready to take your comic coloring skills to the next level?

Hi-Fi Academy’s Comic Coloring Boot Camp is coming to the The Saguaro, in Scottsdale, Arizona, November 7th – 9th.

Escape the Fall chill for three days of Comic Coloring Boot Camp in sunny Arizona. Old Town Scottsdale features parks, galleries, shops, and restaurants all within walking distance of The Saguaro. The hotel features two pools and on site dining options.


The early registration fee for Comic Coloring Boot Camp is only $1,000 and includes:

  • Personalized workshops by Hi-Fi’s Brian and Kristy Miller designed to improve your comic coloring & art skills

  • Friday arrival – Sunday departure at The Saguaro (hotel taxes and resort fees included)

  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday

  • Lunch Saturday & Sunday

  • Invitations to special events Friday and Saturday night

  • Networking and educational activities with Arizona based comic creators

Your stay at The Saguaro includes:

  • Wi-Fi

  • Valet & self parking

  • Use of Saguaro bicycles to enjoy park trails and explore Old Town Scottsdale

  • Free rides on Saguaro shuttle to designated stops within 3 miles of hotel

  • Fitness center

  • In room coffee

  • Enjoy 2 pools and a hot tub

  • All resort fees and taxes included – no hidden charges

  • All Comic Coloring Boot Camp participants and guests receive 10% off all services at The Sauguaro spa

  • All Comic Coloring Boot Camp participants receive a reduced rate when staying additional nights

The above list is included in your registration. You are responsible for the following:

  • Transportation to & from The Saguaro (Taxis from Sky Harbor Airport are approximately $25)

  • All Comic Coloring Boot Camp activities will be held within walking distance of The Saguaro.

  • Dinner Friday and Saturday

  • You will need Photo ID and Credit card to check into The Saguaro. The room is included in your registration. Any incidentals like room-service, mini-bar, etc. will be charged to you

  • Extended stay. If you wish to add extra nights before or after Comic Coloring Boot Camp contact Kristy Miller who can arrange a discounted room rate for your additional nights so you can enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather and see the sights like Sedona & the Grand Canyon!

  • The Saguaro is a smoke free hotel


You will also want to bring the following to get the most out of this workshop

  • Portable computer (laptop, mod-book, tablet computer, etc.) running Adobe Photoshop CS2 or newer

  • A Wacom graphics tablet or Cintiq

  • If you own an iPad or other tablet device with a stylus bring that too. Be sure to have SketchBook Pro for iPad and/or Procreate pre-installed.  (if you do not own an iPad or similar tablet you will be able to use your computer & Photoshop for those lessons)

  • Not a Photoshop user? Contact us to see if your favorite software is suitable for this workshop

Are you ready ?

Hi-Fi Academy’s Comic Coloring Bootcamp is limited to 25 participants on a first come first served basis. Click the below to go to the registration form.


Questions? Contact Hi-Fi Academy’s Kristy Miller: for more registration details and payment options.

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Learn to create comics with Hi-Fi at mDAC…

UPDATE: Due to popular demand Hi-Fi’s workshop at mDAC has been UPGRADED to the largest meeting room at a new time. See revised schedule below for the revised time and location!

Hi-Fi Academy teaches you how to create comic books with your iPad at the first ever Mobile Digital Art & Creativity summit being held in Palo Alto, CA August 1st through 3rd. Hi-Fi is one of the sponsors of mDAC as we believe this ground breaking art education conference is vital to shaping current and future generations of comic book creators. Join Hi-Fi’s Brian and Kristy Miller for the Grand Opening of mDAC Friday night where iPad art from over 100 creators will be on display. Brian and Kristy will be on hand all weekend to answer questions about creating artwork with the iPad and they will also be signing books and have a limited number of  made with iPad art prints available for sale.

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WORKSHOP: Making Comics with the iPad

Saturday from 2:30-3:30 PM Hi-Fi’s Brian and Kristy Miller present an interactive workshop, Making Comics with the iPad. The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on it too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (Wolverine: An Origin Story) and Kristy Miller (The Wick and Kelty Adventures) demonstrate how to pencil, ink, and paint comics on the iPad. Bring your iPad and learn the basic tools and techniques professional comic book creators use. See demos of SketchBook Pro for iPad, Adobe Ideas, Procreate and learn how you too can transform your iPad into a portable comic art studio. Q&A session if time permits.


DOWNLOADS: Get FREE previews of Hi-Fi Academy’s art instruction books from iTunes iBookstore using the links below

SketchBook Pro for iPad: the unofficial user guide for iBooks
An easy and intuitive overview of SketchBook Pro for iPad’s tools and features.

How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad for iBooks:
Includes step by step tutorials, image galleries, embedded videos and access to all project files

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Hi-Fi Academy presents: Comic Coloring Boot Camp

Don’t miss Comic Coloring Boot Camp.Escape the Autumn chill for three days of digital art workshops and networking in Sunny Arizona this November. Some of the planned highlights:

  • Friday evening: Hi-Fi Color for Comics & Hi-Fi Academy launch party. Bring your sketchbook/iPad/laptop and meet other boot camp attendees at this “Drink & Draw” event

  • Saturday Morning Workshops – Lunch Break – Afternoon Workshops & guest speakers

  • Saturday dinner with other attendees and local Arizona comic talent. A great chance to network and receive first hand knowledge and feedback from working pros

  • Sunday morning workshops

  • Final portfolio presentations

A special group rate at a Phoenix area hotel will be available for all attendees. You may choose to add a few days to your stay to enjoy Arizona sights like the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and more.

LIMITED TO ONLY 25 ATTENDEES. Comic Coloring Bootcamp will focus on intensive training where you will work in small groups and one-on-one with an instructor. To ensure you get the most out of Hi-Fi Academy’s bootcamp we are limiting the workshops to no more than 25 participants. You will receive personal instruction from Hi-Fi’s Brian and Kristy Miller and the guest speakers.

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Miss the Kickstarter? Here is your second chance…

Thanks to the support of our amazing backers the revised and updated edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics was fully funded via Kickstarter. Since that time hundreds of you have contacted us asking if there is any way you could get in on the Kickstarter. While the campaign is closed we have started a wait-list for those who missed the campaign and would still like to obtain a copy of Hi-Fi Color for Comics and get access to the tutorials and downloads coming to Hi-Fi Academy. Rewards are scheduled to ship to Kickstarter backers in November. After that we will offer any remaining copies of Hi-Fi Color for Comics to those on the wait-list first. If you want one for yourself join the wait-list below. This list is powered by MailChimp so you don’t have to worry about spam or your address being sold. We will ONLY send you information about Hi-Fi Color for Comics availability.

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SDCC 2014 schedule – Full details inside…

Did you know Hi-Fi will be at SDCC? Stop by booth 5560 and chat with us about Doctor Who, GI Joe, Anime, Superheroes, and all things pop culture. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle… the other half is nachos, lots of cheesy nachos.  See below for our SDCC schedule, panel info, convention maps and more!


 As you can see above World Famous Comics, booth 5560, will be home to Hi-Fi and other talented creators for SDCC 2014. Don’t miss legendary sci-fi illustrator Joe Corroney who will have prints available from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, X-Files, True Blood, and more all featuring color by Hi-Fi. Oktopolis will be out in full force with the best pop culture propaganda posters and prints you’ve ever seen.  Hi-Fi Color for Comics & How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad authors Brian & Kristy Miller will be at SDCC booth 5560 all weekend and don’t miss their art instruction panels on Thursday and Friday!

Thursday, July 24 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Digital Color for Comics

In print or digital, comic books need color, but do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (DC’s weekly series Future’s End) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob SquarePants) demonstrate step-by-step the transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. Followed by Q&A session.
Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm – 3:00pm
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Register for this panel FREE at:


Friday, July 25 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Creating Comics with the iPad

The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on it too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (Wolverine: An Origin Story) and Kristy Miller (The Wick and Kelty Adventures) demonstrate how to pencil, ink, and paint comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps work best and how you too can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. Q&A session.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

Register for this panel FREE at:


Need help finding booth 5560 at comic-con? Use this map to find World Famous Comics amongst the sea of fans and don’t miss one moment of the action at SDCC! Booth 5560 is on the corner near entrance G to the main convention hall.




Hi-Fi’s art instruction panels on Thursday and Friday will be held UPSTAIRS in room 30CDE. Panels are FREE with your comic-con badge.


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See you at SDCC 2014!


Hi-Fi Color for Comics 100% Funded on Kickstarter

When I started this campaign my dream was to share everything I know about coloring comic books with you. Thanks to everyone who backed this dream on Kickstarter Hi-Fi Color for Comics will be back in print before the end of 2014.

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Expect to see a new post each month between now and the time the Hi-Fi Color for Comics ships. I’ll keep you up to date with elements like the final cover design, progress on updating tutorials, and Hi-Fi Academy status updates. I’ll be sure to share special moments with you like when the updated and revised Hi-Fi Color for Comics is 100% completed, when the books arrives from the printers, and of course when they start shipping. Hi-Fi Color for Comics is the best art-instruction resource for comic coloring and I know you will be as thrilled as I am to see the book back in print.

Special thanks to Eric White who is serving as project coordinator and working behind the scenes to make so much of what you are seeing happen. Thanks to my co-author Kristy Miller and editor Amy Jeynes, and much appreciation and thanks to ALL the amazingly talented creators who contributed artwork to the book including:

  • Terry Moore – Strangers in Paradise
  • Craig Rousseau – The Perhapanauts
  • Katie Cook – Gronk
  • Mike Worley – Image’s Big Bang Comics
  • Joe Quesada & Dani Miki – Spider-Man
  • Mike Norton – Battlepug
  • Dan Jurgens – Tommi Trek
  • Mat Wagner – Grendel & Mage
  • Casey Malone & Dustin Yee – The Enigmas
  • Scott Wegener – Atomic Robo
  • Joe Corroney – Star Wars and Star Trek
  • Shawn Pryor & Martheus Wade – Young Star
  • Humberto Ramos – Fantastic Four
  • J. Scott Campbell – various Superhero art
  • Frank Quitely & Tim Townsend – New X-Men
  • John Byrne – Tommi Trek
  • Phil Hester – Sick Time
  • David Bryant – Aviatrix
  • Melinda Timpone – White Noise
  • Paige Braddock – Jane’s World
  • Tom Mandrake – Devil’s Gate
  • Val Hochberg – Mystery Babylon with Kick Girl
  • Tom Nguyen – various Superhero art
  • Steve Lightle – Tommi Trek
  • Chad Hardin & James Taylor – Fist of Justice
  • Sapphire Tricket – Solar VII

And a great big thank you to all the Kickstarter backers of Hi-Fi Color for Comics and sharing my dream of a more colorful world.



Final 48 hours on Kickstarter

Thank to all our backers, the Comics On-Screen Stretch Goal is UNLOCKED!

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Comics On-Screen is UNLOCKED

We are down to the final 48 hours of the campaign and there is still time to unlock more Stretch Goals. The next Stretch Goal is another DOUBLE Stretch Goal. Beyond Black and White and Old School Cool will both unlock when the Kickstarter campaign reaches $30,000. With your help we can unlock this DOUBLE Stretch Goal before the campaign ends.

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This DOUBLE Stretch Goal is in-progress and will UNLOCK at $30,000

Hi-Fi Color for Comics received some great press today on the CCN network. You can read all about it and share this story with others:
CCN interview with Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller about Kickstarting and art-education revolution —

Thank you for backing and sharing Hi-Fi Color for Comics. During these final 35 hours please share the campaign with everyone you can and help unlock more stretch goals.

Learn how to color comic books with Hi-Fi Color for Comics —

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Here come the STRETCH GOALS!

Hi-Fi Color for Comics is 100% funded but we can make it faster, stronger, better by unlocking these Stretch Goals!

The first stretch goal is SPIRAL BOUND and will unlock when the campaign reaches $19,900.

  • Spiral binding of Hi-Fi Color for Comics allowing you to lay the book open completely flat when working on the tutorials.
  • Front and back covers of Hi-Fi Color for Comics will received a brand new design treatment from the masters of lettering and design at Comicraft and will be printed on upgraded cover stock.
  • Quick reference card featuring Adobe Photoshop keyboard shortcuts on one side and a cheat sheet for the Hi-Fi Creative Coloring Process on the reverse. You can place the quick referece card near your computer while coloring and use it as a bookmark as you work through the tutorials.
  • The Folding bookstand holds your book upright so you can quickly glance from the tutorials to your computer screen.
  • Everyone who pledges a reward level with a PRINT EDITION receives this reward when the campaign reaches $19,900.
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Below you will find additional stretch goals and art packs, plus there are still more artists contributing to Hi-Fi Color for Comics yet to be revealed! Want to see these trench goals unlocked? First start by sharing the Hi-Fi Color for Comics Kickstarter campaign with all of your friends and followers. Organize a #KickstartHFC4C day at your local comic book shop, art store, or campus. You can share using this link:
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Another way you can see all these stretch goals unlocked is consider upping your pledge amount by adding on whatever you think is fair for all the additional tutorials and bonus features. Right now Hi-Fi Color for Comics is fully funded at 170+ pages of content. If all the stretch goals are unlocked the book will swell to over 300 pages packed with the best comic book coloring tutorials available.

Thank you for backing Hi-Fi Color for Comics, working together we can unlock these stretch goals and make Hi-Fi Color for Comics the best resource for digital comic book colorists.

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Are you ready for Hi-Fi Academy?

With Hi-Fi Color for Comics I wanted to go beyond the book and create a connection with everyone backing this project. A place for where we could share artwork, download photoshop brushes, participate in online workshops and watch video tutorials. I wanted to create a resource that you didn’t have to carry with you but you could access from anywhere.

That resource is an online companion to Hi-Fi Color for Comics called Hi-Fi Academy. When you choose a reward level of $20 or more you will automatically receive FREE enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy with your copy of Hi-Fi Color Design. Once signed-up each you will have a virtual locker where you will be able to download all the Photoshop add-ons needed to use Hi-Fi Color for Comics. And when updates are available you will have access to the latest versions.

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Hi-Fi Helpers include skies, textures, and special effects

You will also find all the files needed for each tutorial in your Hi-Fi Academy locker including Hi-Fi Helpers, video tutorials, as well as the artwork for each lesson in the book so you can follow along. You will also be the first to learn about new tutorials, workshops, and bonus content. The goal of Hi-Fi Academy is to teach people everything I know about comic book coloring.

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Photoshop add-ons like Hi-Fi’s scripts, actions, and brushes make coloring fun and easy

As a member you can access Hi-Fi Academy at home or when traveling. Hi-Fi Academy works with the print edition and the ComiXology digital edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics. Hi-Fi Academy is just one of the new and improved elements of Hi-Fi Color for Comics and I have a feeling are going to love it.

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Access artwork, color guides, bonus videos, and more.


Who gets it? All backers who pledge the $20 reward level and higher. Hi-Fi Academy is included with the print edition and ComiXology digital edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics


What do I get?

  • All the Photoshop add-ons you need to make coloring fun and easy including, Hi-Fi’s 1-2-3 Automation Scripts, Hi-Fi Actions, brushes, color swatches, patterns, color preferences, and more
  • Line-Art & Color Guides for every tutorial in the book as well as access to bonus videos for each chapter.
  • Hi-Fi Helpers including tons of pre-made skies, textures, special effects, and other elements you can use in all your comic coloring projects.

When can I enroll in Hi-Fi Academy? Hi-Fi Academy will open the same week Hi-Fi Color for Comics ships to you. Enrollment instructions will be included inside your copy of Hi-Fi Color for Comics.

Back Hi-Fi Color for Comics on Kickstarter here: 



…and we’re back.

You probably received a notice this morning saying this campaign was frozen due to a DMCA Takedown Notice. I’m not sure what your reaction was but I can tell you my heart skipped a beat! I was worried that all our hard work would be lost over some legal dispute. The good news is there is NO Copyright dispute and the campaign is once again live and we’re only a few thousand dollars away from being fully funded.

What happened? As far as I can tell Marvel have copyright attorneys who probably monitor sites like YouTube, Kickstarter, and others for Copyright violations. They saw our campaign and immediately sent a DMCA Takedown Notice to Kickstarer. They did so even though there is a copyright notice on the Kickstarter campaign stating all art used in the book is done with permission. I’m sure these lawyers do not knowing anything about Hi-Fi, the fact that we actually color and paint projects for Marvel & Disney, or about Hi-Fi Color for Comics. They were just doing their job… even if it did almost send me into cardiac arrest!

Fortunately I was able to locate the original Hi-Fi Color for Comics release form from 2007 and send a copy to Marvel’s legal representation. Once they verified the info with the records they had on file they contacted Kickstarter and the campaign resumed.


In the spirit of the original document I did agree with Marvel’s council not to use Marvel’s artwork in the marketing of Hi-Fi Color for Comics or on the final cover for the book. I decided to also remove DC art from our marketing for this same reason (to be clear no one from DC contacted me or asked me to do this). I do not want to do anything imply that Marvel or DC has endorsed the book or is backing the book in any way. You will see Jean Gray’s image on the cover has been painted over for the time being and I will create a revised video as well.

For everyone who is backing Hi-Fi Color for Comics please rest assured we do have release forms and permission to use artwork from companies like Marvel, Lucasfilm, IDW, Paramount, J. Scott Campbell, Mike Norton, Terry Moore, and many more. All of the art printed in Hi-Fi Color for Comics is done so only with the express written permission of the Copyright holder or their legal representative.

How can I help? Obviously the DMCA Takedown Notice hurt the campaign. Even though we were down only a few hours the impact was big. We received some negative press today because when it comes to big companies like Marvel vs little guys like Hi-Fi the people reporting tend to assume the worst and report it as such.

The best way you can help is to SHARE the campaign on your social media, to your friends and family, with schools, comic book shops, and libraries. We are only a few thousand dollars away from being funded. Lets not let a mistake by a few big corporate lawyers keep us down. I know working together we can get Hi-Fi Color for Comics FULLY FUNDED this week and move on to our incredible STRETCH GOALS!

Back Hi-Fi Color for Comics on Kickstarter here: 

Thank you for backing Hi-Fi Color for Comics.
Brian Miller