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Back in 2005, Simon Gannon created MUSEbasement with co-founder AE Prevost. Together, they planned, wrote, and produced doujinshi with local young artists looking to try their hands at comics. Simon supplied them with traditional manga-making tools (manga boards, dip pens and ink, screentones, etc), as well as a vast library of reference books. After providing knowledge, lessons, and the script, Simon and AE took a backseat role in the drawing process, instead acting as assistants to the learning MUSEbasement members. Together, the team put out two 80-page fan comics: Lost and Found, a Gravitation doujinshi (2006) and Statt des Gesetzes, a Weiss Kreuz doujinshi (2007).

MUSEbasement had the honor being invited as guests to Otakuthon, a Montreal-based anime convention, from 2008-2015. Every year, Simon Gannon, KrisRix, AE Prevost, and other MUSEbasement members, hosted a three-day workshop of two hours each. These workshops covered the comic making process from start to finish, including pre-press and self-publishing, how to talk to a printer, fundamentals of page layouts, character design tips, traditional and digital tools, and much more. Attendees were also given a recommended reading list, which is still accessible here.

MUSEbasement is no longer able to host workshops, though the hope is to one day start them up again. The MUSEbasement name still lives on with Simon Gannon and KrisRix, as they have continued to create doujinshi for various series. You can read about those on our Our Comics page.