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New Intro to Comic Book Writing Course Opens May 24!

ComicsExperience_logoIntroduction to Comic Book Writing will begin a new session on May 24, 2017.

Taught by writer, editor, and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt, Introduction to Comic Book Writing has earned its popularity by helping hundreds of alums begin to make comics – whether for fun, professional development, or to launch a career.

Graduates of the course include working comics pros like Paul Allor (TET, Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy), Amy Chu (writer, Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death) Bobby Curnow (editor, IDW Publishing), and Nick Spencer (writer, Morning Glories). Our course page offers more testimonials from former students on how the course has helped them develop as writers and professionals.

Andy SchmidtAndy conducts the course with a methodical series of lessons and hands-on exercises to help you learn skills specific to the comics medium. By the end of the session, you’ll have completed a polished comic script, ready to give to a publisher or artist. You’ll also also gain the confidence and practical knowledge to use toward the next steps in your writing goals.

Intro to Comic Book Writing sells out quickly, so enroll now to guarantee your spot. Course size is limited to keep the class atmosphere personalized, friendly and fun!

Visit our course page for full details, and to sign up now.

Introduction to Comic Book Writing starts May 24, 2017!


Posted by Meredith Nudo

Advanced Art: Live Studio Experience Now Open For Enrollment! Class starts May 24, 2017!

It’s the best of both worlds: the accessibility of an online course, combined with the personal instruction of working directly with a mentor!

Beginning May 24, artist-instructor Robert Atkins will lead a new session of Advanced Art: Live Studio Experience. This intensive, eight-week course will lead each student through a rigorous and lively process of addressing your individual needs, practicing new techniques, and developing your strengths as an artist.

This course is open to everyone who has completed our Introduction to Comic Book Art course. Seats are limited in order to provide for truly personalized assessment and instruction, so we encourage you to sign up early! Registration is available on our course page.

Robert AtkinsRobert’s credits include extensive work in comics, video games, and toy packaging design. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design’s M.F.A. program, Robert was also instrumental in developing the school’s mentorship program. His art courses are a long-standing staple of the Comics Experience curriculum.

To learn more and to register, visit our Advanced Art: Live Studio Experience page.

Class starts May 24, 2017, and we hope to see you there!

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.

Posted by Nicole Boose

Episode #130 of the Comics Experience “Make Comics” Podcast Posted, with Guest Mark Waid!

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 Comics Experience founder and former Marvel and IDW Editor Andy Schmidt and his co-host Joey Groah as they discuss making comics!

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

Episode #130 – Mark Waid on Working with New Comics Talent
Mark Waid (Marvel, Archie, ThrillBent, DC, BOOM!) joins Make Comics to talk about working with new talent and wearing an editor hat.

List of All Episodes

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

Comics Experience’s Paul Allor is Writing Clue!

At Emerald City Comic Con, Comics Experience‘s Paul Allor surprised fans – and us! – with the news that he will be penning IDW’s new five-issue Clue miniseries along with artist Nelson Dániel! Based on the classic board game, this tale of murder and mystery freshens up some familiar faces – Mrs. White now works as a Senator instead of a maid, and Miss Scarlet seems to have traded her vamp aesthetic for pop star glam right out of Jem and the Holograms.

“IDW has a long-standing relationship with Hasbro, the owner of Clue. The idea of a possible Clue comic was something they cooked up together. Then IDW editor Carlos Guzman came to me about pitching an idea for it! Needless to say, I absolutely jumped at the chance,” Paul says.

Although he’s worked with licensed properties before, most notably G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Paul found that board game adaptations come with their own unique challenges – and storytelling rewards.

“This is the first time I’ve been in on developing a licensed property from the ground floor, and… the nearly limitless potential [of the original board game] really added to that. The elements of Clue are well-known: the main characters, an array of weapons, a big mansion,” he says

“But within that framework, IDW and Hasbro have given artist Nelson Dániel and I extraordinary narrative freedom. I’m not gonna lie: my pitch contained some weird stuff, and some stuff I thought they’d almost surely say no to. But instead everyone was all in from the jump. The result will be a comic that honors the franchise’s roots and its history, while also tapping into the comics medium, resulting in a wild, wacky comic that could truly only be told in comics form.”

Paul credits his creative partner with bringing his bizarre world to vivid life.

“Nelson is so perfect for this — such a great blend of excellent character work, masterful control of the mood and exquisitely detailed backgrounds,” he says. “The communication on this project has been great, and the heart of our working relationship is basically Nelson sending amazing art, and me whooping for joy.”

We’re looking forward to seeing what surprises Paul has in store for us!


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 Meredith Nudo

Advanced Coloring Now Open for Enrollment! Class Starts May 8, 2017!

Enrollment is now open for Advanced Coloring: Live Studio Experience! Class begins May 8, 2017, and space is limited. Registration is open to anyone who has completed Introduction to Comic Book Coloring.

In each session of Advanced Coloring, instructor Chris “Soto” Sotomayor will provide detailed lessons on the more complex challenges – and solutions – that color artists encounter regularly. Storytelling, rendering, perspective, facial features, and more will receive careful attention – and plenty of opportunities for practice.

Our Live Studio Experience format allows for each student to receive individual assessment, and instruction that’s tailored to your needs. You’ll benefit from personalized lessons in the areas that will benefit YOU the most! It’s the best of both worlds, combining the collaboration and supportive atmosphere of a small group, with the one-on-one attention of a professional mentorship.

Class meets live, online, and runs for 8 weeks, beginning May 8. All registered students receive access to an online course discussion forum, as well as recordings of each class session.

Register on our course page here!

To learn more about our instructor and the coloring process, visit these pages:

This session of Advanced Coloring: Live Studio Experience begins Monday, May 8. We hope you’ll join us!

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

Rod McCance’s Tales Of The Fractured Mind on Kickstarter!

The Kickstarter for Tales of the Fractured Mind by Creators Workshop member Rod McCance and artist Rolands Kalniņš is now live! And fully funded, with more than a week to go!

Tales of the Fractured Mind explores a range of mental illness topics with the hope of facilitating a greater understanding of and compassion for people who deal with these conditions. It seeks to humanize the often unfairly demonized through multiple stories, such as “War on Reality,” pictured here.

Just because it’s been funded, that doesn’t mean you can’t take part in Rod and Rolands’ project before the March 16 deadline. The first stretch goal, an extra story has already been unlocked. Round two, which still needs your support, will include a “making of” section, a pin-up gallery of more Rolands artwork, a comic adaptation of the Night Terrors #17 podcast, a small prose story and more.

You can support the Tales of the Fractured Mind Kickstarter here.


Posted by Meredith Nudo