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We’re Now on Instagram!

We are excited to announce that we recently launched our Instagram account, @ComicsExperience! Follow it for exclusive looks at our convention antics, student artwork, projects in production, and more! We’re excited to have another avenue where we can connect with comics creators of all types.

If you’re a Creators Workshop member and/or an alumnus of one of our courses, we would love to feature your work! Send us a direct message (DM) on our account and let us know how we can rally the comics community behind you.

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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!


Our Video Archives Now Unlocked for Workshop Members!

If you’re a member of our Creators Workshop – or considering joining our community – we’ve added an exciting new perk for members.

All 133 (and counting!) videos from our archives are now available to watch whenever, wherever you want.

This includes live workshops, town hall meetings, book clubs, and other educational resources, featuring industry legends like Kurt Busiek, Robert Kirkman, Rob Guillory, John Layman, and many, many more. We’re offering almost a decade’s worth of content to everyone taking part in our community. If you want to play catch up on a workshop you missed or hear what your fellow forumgoers think of a comic (or the creators themselves – Faith Erin Hicks dropped by our discussion of Friends with Boys!), then now’s your chance. With 2019 not far around the bend, you can start inspiring yourself to kick up your creative game as an early resolution.

Creators Workshop members who want to check out the new archive may do so here!

Not a member? Want to become a member? Sign up here!

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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!


Episode #162 of the Make Comics Podcast Posted!

CE_podcast_logoA new episode of the Comics Experience Make Comics podcast has been posted! Each episode provides ~15 minutes of advice on all aspects of creating comics and breaking in to the industry.

Join Joey Groah, Nicole Boose, Heather Antos, and Jim Gibbons as they discuss making comics!

Subscribe to our podcast via iTunes! Or check out the latest episode below or on our Podcast page!

Episode #162 – Anthology Pitching
What goes into an anthology pitch? Jim Gibbons talks about how to make sure your story is suited to an anthology, if it’s a complete story, and more, including his time editing the anthology series Dark Horse Presents.

List of All Episodes

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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!


New Comic Creator Workshops Announced for October through December 2018!

ComicsExperience_logoOur next Comic Creator Workshop session topics have been announced!

Our Comic Creator Workshop sessions are online, monthly events for Creators Workshop members. We focus on unique topics geared toward helping comic creators achieve their personal best.

Details about our next three Comic Creator Workshop sessions are below. We hope you’ll join us!

October 2018
Dynamics Part 1: In-Panel Dynamics
ANDY SCHMIDT: Jack Kirby set the gold standard for dynamics in American comics–and he did almost all of it in standard grid pattern pages–creating dynamic artwork entirely within the confines or traditionally shaped and sized panels. Andy discusses the illustration work of Jack Kirby and how his work differed from his contemporaries and pushed the boundaries of what cartoonists could accomplish within the four walls of a comic book panel.

November 2018
Dynamics Part 2: Panel Composition and Layout
ANDY SCHMIDT: Neal Adams took what Kirby did inside the panel, and applied it directly to the layout and composition of the page itself, creating more complex and yes, more dynamic page layouts and compositions. Andy discusses the evolution, benefits and potential pitfalls of layout composition and how to use it to punch up your visual storytelling.

December 2018
Dynamics Part 3: Storytelling and Visual Dynamics
ANDY SCHMIDT: Along with how the art is composed within the panels and how the panels themselves are composed, there’s also dynamics in the ebb and flow of your story. Andy discusses the use of page turns, splash panels, and other visual narrative devices that both writers and artists can use to punch up their dynamics!

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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


Introducing Micro-Courses! Launching with Kickstarter Course by Heather Antos

Heather Antos

On Friday, November 9, 2018, Comics Experience will launch the first in a series of Micro-Courses: affordable, single-session classes focusing on targeted practical skills for comics creators!

Our premiere Micro-Course will feature editor Heather Antos, leading a discussion titled Kickstarting Your Comic. Heather, who has edited for Marvel and Image, got her start in comics because of a successful Kickstarter campaign. She has spoken on many panels about the Kickstarter platform, and at the company’s Brooklyn, NY headquarters.

“I got my foot in the door to mainstream comics because of my Kickstarter success,” says Heather. “And now I’m thrilled to share the knowledge of that success with the next generation of comics creators!”

The cost of the course is a modest $9.95. The session will run for approximately one hour, where Heather will walk participants through key points of the Kickstarter process from start to finish. She’ll cover topics like:

  • What to do BEFORE campaign launch
  • How to calculate budget
  • Rewards & Incentives
  • Keeping momentum through timing, promotion, and more
  • Fulfillment strategies
  • Next steps, whether or not you reach your funding goal

Kickstarting Your Comic: A Comics Experience Micro-Course will be co-hosted by Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt and General Manager Nicole Boose, who initiated the Micro-Course series.

“Our goal with Micro-Courses is to provide a great learning resource for anyone who wants to learn to make comics, whatever their budget or schedule,” Nicole says. “As more comics creators move away from traditional publishing models and more toward self-publishing, there’s an increasing need for quality instruction on what to do AFTER the scripts are written and the art is drawn. We’re excited to help provide a platform for that, and for Heather to share her expertise!”

Future Micro-Courses will feature instructors Calista Brill, Editorial Director of First Second Books, and Marco Della Verde, comics letterer, designer, and production artist.

To sign up for Kickstart Your Comic: A Comics Experience Micro-Course, visit our course page here! Space is limited, and the class will take place Friday, November 9.

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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!


Comics Experience and Source Point Press Support RAINN at NYCC

If you plan to attend NYCC this weekend, Comics Experience and Source Point Press will be donating 30% of the proceeds from select titles to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). RAINN is the largest nonprofit in the United States focused on providing support to survivors of sexual violence, as well as educational resources to prevent rape and sexual assault. It also operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in cooperation with over 1,000 local and state organizations.

This initiative was inspired by Comics Experience teacher and respected industry colorist Chris Sotomayor, who first got the idea from former Marvel talent manager Bon Alimagno.

“I noticed Bon raising money for RAINN.org, and that prompted a discussion with my wife and ultimately deciding that that would be the charity for this year. Last year I donated money to relief efforts to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria,” Chris says.

“So, yeah, I blame Bon for making me aware of the organization and recognizing how important an issue this is, especially since I have 2 daughters in college now.”

If you wish to help us stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence and promote the education needed to prevent further victimization, please stop by the booth shared by Comics Experience and Source Point Press at NYCC #2243. If you’re unable to make it to New York Comic Con this weekend and still want to show your support, you can make a donation at RAINN’s website. Thank you.