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Episode #158 of the Make Comics Podcast Posted!

A 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!

#158 – What Editors Need to Sell Your Book

Editors need few different things to get your book approved, including you having the basics of a good portfolio with examples of your work, finished work, a good pitch document… and more! Jim Gibbons (Dark Horse, Image) talks about what goes into it.

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Patrick Reiger’s Writing for Animation Course Now Open for Enrollment!

As part of our Screen Experience suite of courses for aspiring screenwriters, Patrick Reiger (Justice League Action, Thunderbirds are Go, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac) is teaching Screenwriting 103: Writing for Animation – now open for enrollment! Class starts September 20 and will run for six consecutive Thursdays after. You can sign up here. Remember – our classes tend to fill up pretty quickly, so make sure to enroll and ensure your spot as soon as you can!

“Animation is a highly visual and collaborative process, and it all starts with the script. As writers, having our words interpreted by storyboard artists, directors, animators, layout artists, character designers, editors, executives, and more can be daunting at first,” Patrick says.

“My approach will be to encourage students to think visually, consider their target audience, and find ways to make the production process as streamlined as possible.”

The course will cover the basics of formatting, character, theme, plot, and other factors that go into a good animation script. At the end of the six weeks, students should have a 7-15-page short that they can take to an animator for production! Patrick also plans to address some of the biggest myths associated with writing for animation.

He says, “The biggest misconception is that there’s one magical way to write an animated script. Having worked on dozens of series as a freelancer, I can tell you this simply isn’t true. Script formatting varies wildly from show to show. Some series are more collaborative with storyboard artists, while others give writers the final say.”

“Some younger series include input from educators or consumer products specialists (aka ‘toy people’). Every series possesses its own set of challenges, and as writers it’s our job to work through these challenges in a creative and collaborative way.”

And what is Patrick looking forward to the most with this new class?

“Encouraging student’s voices! I’ve been in many writing groups and classes, and my favorite part is discovering a writer’s unique voice and perspective. My privilege as a teacher is when I’m able to elevate and amplify that voice in the scripting phase,” he says.

“Also, for those students that are serious about making a longterm career out of animation writing, I hope to shed some light about what that entails and take away some of the mystery. It’s not the easiest job in the world, but it sure can be lots of ding dang fun!”

If you want to enroll in Introduction to Animation Writing, you may do so 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 #157 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!

#157 – Character Core Values and Continuity
In work-for-hire work situations, character core values and the passing of time might not always be in synch with continuity. Heather Antos talks about thinking about and creating towards a character’s core values can lead to new and engaging stories.

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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!


Introduction to Comic Book Writing Begins August 1!

Andy Schmidt

Introduction to Comic Book Writing starts back up on August 1! This will be the last time it’s offered until 2019, so make sure to sign up as soon as you’re able to ensure your spot. This is also a prerequisite course for our advanced writing classes.

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.

You can read more about Andy’s approach to teaching here.

“I’m feeling completely refreshed and I’ve got new ideas I want to implement, new examples I want to use, and best of all, I’m really looking forward to walking with new students as they take their first steps on the comic book writing journey,” Andy says.

“The course is online, but we’ve gotten so good at being interactive, apart from the comfort level, you’d never know. I’m so looking forward to this again!”

You can sign up for Introduction to Comic Book Writing 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!


Three San Diego Comic Con Takeaways!

Andy SchmidtGuest post by CE founder and instructor Andy Schmidt.

In my 13th San Diego Comic Con in a row, I found myself struck by how much changed in the industry from last year to this year. I gave four talks with several awesome guests including Comics Experience alumni and our faculty and staff. A special shout out to both writer Fred Van Lente and artist Phillip Sevy (both staff) for being on THREE panels each. We all had a blast!

Here are three big shifts I’ve seen lately that were highlighted at the show!

1. Comic creators have largely shifted from wanting to work on their favorite childhood super-heroes to wanting to create their own stories and invent their own characters and worlds. It’s a powerful testament to how far creator-owned and creator-driven comics have come since the 1980s that the golden ticket is now inventing and creating one’s own work rather than having a lauded and high-selling run on a popular Marvel or DC Comics franchise.

2. My generation of editors and staff are ascending. I started work as an editor at Marvel Comics in early 2002, and within the last two years, editors that started around that time who have stayed in the rat-race, have finally really started breaking through. The new Editor In Chief at Marvel as well as the Executive Editor overseeing the Spider-Man line were “in my class;” the new Executive Editor at Valiant Entertainment was across town at DC around that time, the new Editor In Chief at IDW Publishing started at Marvel shortly after I did, and we’ve risen through the ranks at other companies such as LucasFilm and Hasbro and more. What that means is that our sensibilities are now driving more and more content, and that means, among other things, that there is more of a call for new creators now than in recent memory. Most of us are actively looking for new talent and new voices and that’s a good thing for up and coming creators!

3. Fans are as obsessive as ever! Not really a shift, so much as an important thing that hasn’t shifted. The above shifts could have great impacts on the industry or negative ones, but one key factor in getting a read on that is how engaged fans are. And I have to say, fans are as rabid as ever. From the amount of effort and artistry put into the elaborate cos-play costumes, to the amount of prints, sketchbooks and commissions being bought and sold, to the in-depth conversations between creators and fans about the work. It was very apparent that fan engagement is as strong as ever. This is also really important in the market because it is a strong indicator that despite what you may be hearing, the overall comics market is still healthy and that there’s plenty of work still to come.

At our convention meetup: Frank Gogol, Carlos Giffoni, Andy Schmidt, David Pepose, and Kasey Pierce.

My personal thanks goes out to Comic-Con International for having me out and asking me to host four panels, giving me access to such great new talent and people starting out on the comic book journey. It was absolutely wonderful to see so many people who are ready to start creating their own characters and stories.

Our Introduction to Comics Writing course starts this week, and there are still a few slots left! From what I’ve seen this past week, now is a great time to get started! There are good things ahead!

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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 #156 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 #156 – Defining Professional Boundaries with Nicole Boose
Defining boundaries: Making clear decisions about what you are and are not willing or able to do, and communicating them effectively.

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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