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Alum Chris Lewis’ “Karma Police” #1 Now On Sale from Vault Comics!

Wednesday, March 29 marked the in-store debut of Karma Police, a story about a compassionate monk-in-training who must confront the violence from her past lives. The first issue launches a four-part limited series, penned by Comics Experience alum Chris Lewis. Also on the creative team are artist Tony Gregori, colorist Jasen Smith, letterer and designer Nic J. Shaw (a former Creators Workshop member), and editor Nicole Boose. Tim Daniel and Mike Spicer also receive special thanks.

Karma Police’s journey to publication has roots in the Comics Experience Creators Workshop, where Chris posted an early version of the Karma Police #1 script for critique in 2010. From there, as Chris has told us, “all the current scripts were hammered into shiny shape by CE’s workshop warriors.”

After Chris fine-tuned each script and assembled a creative team to bring them to life, Karma Police launched as a digital series though Comics Experience and comiXology. The next step was a print collected edition, funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Now, thanks to Vault Comics, Karma Police is available in comic shops everywhere! The publisher, which launched in 2016, selected Karma Police as part of its debut lineup, along with several other promising titles.

See what attracted readers and publishers alike to Karma Police – pick up a copy of issue #1 at your local comic store!

Congratulations to Chris and the Karma Police creative team!

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

Rich Douek’s TMNT: Universe Comes Out in June!

Creators Workshop member Rich Douek is watching his career plunge into the sewer… and, yes, that’s actually something to celebrate! He’s headed to the Ninja Turtles universe and writing TMNT: Universe #11, with artist Aaron Conley! Hot off his success with Gutter Magic, Rich sends Sally Pride and Man Ray on an explosive New Jersey road trip in search of a new mutant.

“One of the great things about publishing Gutter Magic through the IDW/Comics Experience partnership was getting to know some of the folks at IDW personally, and one of the editors who helped out with Gutter Magic was Bobby Curnow, who edits the TMNT line, among other books,” Rich says.

“When we finished up with Gutter Magic, I reached out to see if there were any opportunities he thought I’d be a good fit for, and he happened to be looking for stories for TMNT: Universe.”

Going from a creator-owned book to one with legendary licensed characters carries its own unique set of challenges, but Rich

“The biggest difference is, I think, you can’t change the rules of the universe or the history on the fly just because you have a cool idea. Like, if I’m developing a project of my own, I can change the world to suit any notion that comes to me as I’m working the story out,” he says.

“With licensed characters, you not only have to take into account how they work in the story you’re telling, you also have to take into account how that story fits into the larger continuity of the series and the fictional universe as a whole. You’d think it would be limiting, but it’s actually a fun and interesting challenge to keep the characters and story within those constraints.”

Make sure to preorder your copy and pick it up on June 27!


Posted by Meredith Nudo

Episode #131 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 #131, “Do I Need an Editor?”
Do you need to work with an editor on your creator-owned comic? Andy and Joey discuss when to get an editor, and why you may not need one.

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

Live Workshop Topics Announced for April through June 2017!

ComicsExperience_logoComics Experience founder Andy Schmidt has announced the next topics for upcoming Live Workshop sessions!

Our Live Workshop sessions are online, monthly events, and they’re available exclusively to Creators Workshop members.

Each Live Workshop discussion focuses on a unique topic geared toward helping comic creators achieve their personal best. Past sessions have covered subjects like maximizing income, reinventing characters, negotiating collaboration agreements, and many more!

Current Workshop members can find details by logging in here.

For more benefits of Creators Workshop membership, head over to our Top Ten Reasons Why the Creators Workshop Is Awesome post! For additional details or to join, please visit our Creators Workshop page here.

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm ET
Double Page Spreads
ANDY SCHMIDT: Many of us probably have favorite splash-images from comics that take up both pages of a spread. But believe it or not, the double-page spreads are fairly complicated–both for writers and artists–so understanding the challenges and extra parameters is essential before you use them. Once those are understood–then take advantage of what they have to offer to propel your story to the next level! We’ll go over some different formats and abilities of Double Page Spreads so you can start using them with confidence and maximizing their effects!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm ET
Finding the Tone and Look for your Comic Book
ANDY SCHMIDT: One of the questions Andy gets asked the most is “How do I find an artist for my comic.” A good question, but not a great one. The real question is (whether your a writer looking for an artist or an artist looking for a new project) how do I find the right collaborator for this specific project. Andy will go over a few keys to identifying the artistic talents best suited for your project and how to go about finding those types of creators. Don’t just find someone to work with–find someone to bring the story to life!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm ET
Panel Descriptions
ANDY SCHMIDT: You’ve got to write them if you’re a writer. You’ve got to interpret them if you’re an artist. Andy goes over the different kinds of panel descriptions, best practices in how to write them and interpret them, as well as why the term “Panel description” might just be the wrong name for how writers communicate their storytelling needs to the artist!

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

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