Comics Experience has four intro courses open for enrollment that will help you build your skills and reach your comic book goals, whether that’s breaking in or doing creator-owned work.
But the classes are ALREADY starting to fill up, so if you’ve been dreaming of making comics, don’t delay!
The four classes on comic book writing, art, coloring and lettering — described below — are open for enrollment right now.
PLEASE NOTE: The Intro classes are required prerequisites for our Advanced Classes in writing, art, and coloring. This is your opportunity to be ready for the next wave of our Advanced courses!
Introduction to Comic Book Art will be taught by Robert Atkins, a professional comic book artist who has worked on G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes, Amazing Spider-Man, Heroes for Hire, Ultimatum Fantastic Four: Requiem and many others.
In this online course, you’ll learn how to improve your storytelling, what the professional standards are, how to avoid common pitfalls, how to build a great cover, and strategies to break into the business.
You can read what one of Robert’s former students had to say about his teaching skills right here. Or check out Robert’s art and get a sense of his teaching philosophy in this Guest Blog about the Intro class.
Introduction to Comic Book Art with Robert Atkins
Begins January 29, 2014!
In this six-week intensive class for colorists, you’ll learn all the necessary tools and tricks for not only coloring with Photoshop, but also how to tell great stories through color.
Intro to Comic Book Coloring with Soto
Begins February 3, 2014!
During his time at Marvel, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon, and edited hit titles such as X-Factor, the Annihilation saga, Alias, and more.
At IDW, he managed major franchises like GI Joe and Transformers. He is also the author of the Eagle Award-winning book, The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books.
In this six-week course, not only will you learn comic book writing from a pro, but the course will be packed with practical, real-world advice on the industry and “breaking in” to help you pursue your career in comics!
That’s why Comics Experience alum, Nick Spencer, tweeted:
“For all aspiring comic pros asking for advice on craft/breaking in, I once again highly recommend Andy Schmidt’s @ComicExperience courses.”
A few years ago, Nick had to move to New York City to take Comics Experience classes (check out his guest blog here to read that tale). But you don’t have to move, now that the courses are online. This one will sell out fast!
Introduction to Comic Book Writing with Andy Schmidt
Begins February 12, 2014!
In this seven-week course, Dave will take you through the programs, the thought-process, and the decision-making skills to create comics with slick, professional lettering. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also learn the production work associated with publishing comics! Setting up covers with logos, cover elements, integrating the digital lettering files with the digital color files properly, and page set-up along with a healthy dose of trouble-shooting the most common problems.
Dave started out hand lettering in the Marvel Bullpen before moving to digital lettering, taught lettering at the Joe Kubert School in the mid-90s, and developed and led the Marvel in-house lettering department for two years.
Since then, Dave is now lettering regularly for DC, in addition to working with many small publishers as well. He is, without a doubt, one of the most well respected, talented, and professional letterers in the comics business.
To quote Comics Experience founder (and ex-Marvel and IDW Editor) Andy Schmidt, “Dave can teach. I’ve seen him do it and he taught me much while I worked at Marvel. In the first ten minutes, he taught me enough about lettering that I could talk reasonably intelligently about it with the seasoned Marvel staff. Thank you for that, Dave.”
Learning how to letter can save you money on your projects and improve your storytelling. Plus, bad lettering can kill the impression your book makes! Read more about all of that right here.
Comic Book Lettering and Production with Dave Sharpe
Begins February 10, 2014!
Our courses are offered LIVE, streaming online, and you can attend from wherever you live. You’ll be able to see your instructor and his desktop, interact with your classmates, and discuss your classwork in real time. Recordings are available during the duration of the course if you miss one, and you’ll be able to communicate with your classmates all week long in a special, dedicated online forum for just you and your class.
If you want to make comics, write, draw, letter, and color comics, or improve as a comics creator, you’ll find like-minded friends and colleagues in our online workshops and courses. We hope to see you there!