Spiderman color small-2The following guest post comes from artist and Comics Experience faculty member Robert Atkins. His next course – Introduction to Comic Book Art – starts TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 11th!

Time is short, but seats are still available. Check out Robert’s post below, and visit the Intro to Comic Art course page to secure your spot!


I will begin teaching another Intro To Comic Art class with Comics Experience, starting February 11th! We meet for 2 hours a week in a live online class. Then assignments are given, critiqued and we keep a forum to post work, comment, and have a regular Q&A with me throughout the week if students have questions.

AAO_03_04Teaching with Comics Experience has been an amazing experience these past 3-4 years! I’ve been able to tutor and mentor some pretty fantastic students. I’m currently hiring and working with one; another (Gannon Beck) has become my regular class assistant, and an administrator and faculty member on Comics Experience in his own right.

Gannon recently posted this on his Facebook wall. I’m not one to talk about how great people think I am, but I really appreciated Gannon’s thoughts here and it describes the classes I teach very well…

“Working on this comic forced me to get better. It also helped me learn what I needed when what I needed wasn’t presented in school. By the time I finally DID gain access to a great art teacher, I had already been a professional artist for over a decade.

Having a great teacher is a wonderful experience. A great teacher can help you solve problems it may take years to figure out on your own. My first great art teacher was Robert Atkins from the Comics Experience, who I nominate for the 5 Day Art Challenge.

Robert is primarily a penciler, which means taking a script from a writer, then draws the page for the inker to finish. Robert is probably most famous for his work on G.I. Joe comics, but he has worked on a variety of titles for Marvel comics and other publishers. He has also done package design for Star Wars and Nerf. He is on my wish list of artists I want to see on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and has done some work for a creator-owned series that are among the best pages I’ve ever seen in person.

Robert is also a GREAT teacher. He can explain his craft concisely even to those without any previous learning in art. Hands down he gives the best illustration critiques I’ve ever seen. He also does this in a way that makes you feel good about what you’ve done right, while showing how you can make your next piece better. There is a class Robert’s teaching next week….”

AAO_03_5_revThe class Gannon is talking about is this upcoming Intro To Comic Art course and it’s a great entry level class into our new expanded curriculum. Take a look and see if it’s a good fit for you!

Thanks to Robert and Gannon for their comments! Enjoy some samples of Robert’s art here, and head over to our course page for more course details and enrollment!

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!

Posted by Nicole Boose