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Curtis C’s THE WILD COSMOS Now on Kickstarter!

Creators Workshop member Curtis C has teamed up with artist Mauro Mandalari and colorist Harrison Yinfaowei for The Wild Cosmos Kickstarter campaign!

Their second outing on the crowdfunding platform sends readers on a rollicking adventure across the galaxy, where Captain Cooper struggles to maintain his small crew amid a plethora of perils. Unusual for a Kickstarter comic, this one will be in an 8”x12” format.

Curtis says, “I really enjoy reading the bigger sized comics, almost like that European style size. From the way it feels in my hands to just having the bigger sized pages to show off the art, I think 8”x12” will work well for The Wild Cosmos.”

He also notes that the larger pages make it easier for readers to absorb themselves in the lush spreads the team has planned. Curtis is excited to be bringing the team from his first Kickstarter back for some galactic gallivanting, and showcasing how their skills have grown in the interim.

“They are the professionals in each of their fields, so sometimes I have to take a step back and let them experiment and try new ideas,” he says of his relationship with Harrison and Mauro.

“Then you also have to take into account that we’re all in different countries and time zones, as well as some language barriers. But we’ve all been working together for over a year now, and it’s been a pretty smooth process for a while; Google Docs is a life saver.”

Curtis’ time with the Creators Workshop also significantly influenced the direction of The Wild Cosmos.
He says, “Networking and finding collaborators in the Creator’s Workshop has been huge for me. I’ve found help getting logo designs to even editing (and all for free!). That’s huge when you’re just starting out and on a tight budget.”

“Also just being able to pop in and read some scripts is a great resource. It’s helped me with my own writing, from script format, panel descriptions, and more. And I can’t wait to take some of these courses one day!”

You can support The Wild Cosmos here.


Episode #137 of the Comics Experience “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 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 #137, “Budgeting: Making a Collaborative Deal”
Part 3 of the budget discussion mini series: making a collaborative deal for you and your creative collaborators.

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!

Posted by Nicole Boose
nicole@ComicsExperience.com


Comics Experience Panels at Comic-Con International: San Diego, July 20-22, 2017!

Join Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt and esteemed comics industry guests for a host of fun, informative panels at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego!

View our full schedule below for details, and feel free to spread the word.

We hope to see you there!

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Breaking Into Comics

Thursday, 7/20/17

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Room 11

With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the world of comics. What it takes, whose attention you’re vying for, and how to get it in a productive way, but most importantly, what do you have to do to get up to speed and ready for the big show. Join Comics Experience founder and publisher Andy Schmidt, with Dave Marshall (Dark Horse, EIC), writer Erica Schultz (M3, DC Comics’s New Writer Talent Showcase) and Rickey Purdin (Marvel Talent Manager) for the best and most up-to-date panel on breaking into comics and staying in!

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Maker of Worlds: The Art (and Writing) of World Building

Friday, 7/21/17

3:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Room 11

The often talked about but rarely understood art of world building is unraveled in this panel. World building requires different skills than scripting and illustration, the world itself becomes a character and needs to be mapped out in ways that create clear structure and flexibility. Join comics, prose, and video game writer Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel), comics artist and designer Reilly Brown (Marvel, Dark Horse) for a presentation through a world built just for this panel and all the behind-the-scenes info they can pack into an hour!

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Visual Storytelling and Comics Art Fundamentals

Friday 7/21/17

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Room 2

Take this crash course into how to create powerful, readable comic book art. The basic fundamentals for what makes comic book art different from illustration, painting, and storyboarding. How to make a story flow, how to lead the eye, how to use the page to your advantage as a storyteller, what to plan for, and when to go big and when to go small. It’s all covered by the experts from Comics Experience! Presented by Andy Schmidt (Marvel, IDW) with Reilly Brown (Deadpool) and Rickey Purdin (Marvel’s Talent Manager).

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BAM! SPIFF! Writing for Comics

Saturday, 7/22/17

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join Andy Schmidt, (Comics Experience, Marvel) with guests Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Incredible Hercules) and Erica Schultz (M3, Swords of Sorrow) for an in-depth look at writing for comics. Story applies to all media, but knowing story isn’t enough to write great comics. Want to know how to write inspiring and powerful panel descriptions? What the difference is between writing dialogue for TV and comics? How many panels fit on a page? What it means to you as a writer that the images are all next to each other and how to use that to your advantage? Then you’ve come to the (w)right panel! Turn your writing into comics writing!

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Creating Your Own Destiny: The New Comics Career

Saturday, 7/22/17

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Room 11

The traditional comics career used to be all about begging for work and turning your creations over to “the man.” NOT ANYMORE! The last decade has seen a complete change as comics creators are determining their own fates and blazing their own trails to more creative freedom and higher potential payoffs. “The New Comics Career” has arrived. Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel, IDW, Boom!) outlines all the ways to plot a course for your career and tailored to your goals and needs. We’ll cover defining and setting your goals, how to set yourself up for success, fan building, and of course, marketing yourself to both fans and publishers alike. Join us, and take control of your own creative destiny!

 

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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
nicole@ComicsExperience.com


Enrollment Now Open for Intro to Comic Book Coloring!

Our popular Introduction to Comic Book Coloring class begins again on September 4, 2017! Don’t miss your chance to take part in a fun and phenomenal learning experience – secure your spot today and start making comics. Because of our personalized, student-centered approach, we cap each course at a strictly-limited number of seats – and they’re filling up fast! Don’t wait to guarantee your spot.

This class is always quick to sell out, and with good reason: We offer well-crafted, carefully-researched curricula filled with practical, creative, and professional advice to help you identify and reach your goals as a creator. Taught by prolific colorist Chris Sotomayor, Intro to Coloring emphasizes coloring comics with Photoshop and how to use color as a storytelling device. You can read what Chris has to say about his curriculum and approach to teaching in this interview.

Remember, Intro to Coloring is required if you wish to move on to Advanced Comic Book Coloring. That course will begin on October 30, shortly after the upcoming introductory course concludes. You can learn more about that course here.

Register today for your chance to develop your craft, increase your skills, and achieve your goals as a comics creator! To begin the process, click here.

Visit our Courses page for a complete listing of Comics Experience courses.


Episode #136 of the Comics Experience “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 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 #136 – Budgeting: Creative Budget”
In part 2 of their budgeting series, Andy and Joey talk about creative budgets: what are you paying the creative and production team. Planning for your project/per page.

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!

Posted by Nicole Boose
nicole@ComicsExperience.com


New World Building Course Open for Enrollment!

Comics Experience is proud to announce World Building: The Art of Collaboration & World Design, an exciting new course taught by acclaimed instructors Andy Schmidt and Robert Atkins! The five-week course is now open for enrollment, with classes beginning August 3rd.

In this groundbreaking course, students will have the opportunity to watch, behind the scenes, as Andy and Robert build a unique story-world from scratch. Andy is a writer and editor who has worked for Marvel, IDW and many other publishers; Robert is an artist whose credits include Marvel, DC, IDW and Dark Horse. Together, these two industry veterans will walk you through their creative process, from initial brainstorming to developing a story bible to character design.

But all that is just the beginning. This course is also designed to teach you about how to make the most out of every collaboration, and how to create something better than either creative partner could do on their own.

“The most under-discussed aspect of comic book creation is the art of the collaboration, and this course goes heavy into how to not just work together, but how to improve upon each other’s work to get the best that you both can offer,” said Andy. “More than getting along, it’s true collaboration at its best. No comic creator today (save for someone who writes and illustrates his or her own work) can survive in the comics industry without these skills.

“I’ve always said that I want Comics Experience to offer the classes that I wish had been available when I was just starting out. This course is a perfect example of that approach.”

But along with all this valuable information and insight, Andy and Robert also plan to make this course fun, and to showcase the joy of collaboration that lies at the heart of comics making. But enrollment is limited, so check it out now!