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SUPERPOWERS, BUT NO SUPERHEROES IN THE WORLD OF ACHILLES, INC.

New comic book mini-series from Comics Experience and Source Point Press to debut at C2E2

Comics Experience and Source Point Press are excited to announce that their new four-issue comic book miniseries, Achilles, Inc., will debut at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2, on April 6 through 8. Achilles, Inc. explores what happens when the people who get superpowers are the ones who aren’t going to put them to any good use. With writing by Andy Schmidt and art by Daniel Maine, Francesca Zambon, and Marco Della Verde, Achilles, Inc. delves into a world where superpowered people have used their abilities to exploit humanity and destroy the world economy.

In the midst of this crisis, Ransom Yeong, an ex-cop steps right into the middle of a class-war between the “Boosters” and the “Duds.” But he’s not alone in his crusade as he finds Kyra, a talented attorney determined to help, Mishy, his sharp-tongued administrative assistant and  Dani, a booster with electricity-control abilities, all of whom feel powerless in the new world order. Together, they craft a plan to take advantage of their oppressors’ weaknesses and restore freedom to the world.

“I was wrestling with ideals and ideas about society when I wrote this series. We were fostering a young girl and a little boy at the time and I was confronted with a system that’s both helpful but also makes things more difficult for certain types of people, through no fault of their own,” said the series’ writer Andy Schmidt, who is also the founder of Comics Experience. “Achilles Inc. is a metaphor for many of those ideas, but ultimately, I hope it’s just a lot of fun for people to read, whether any of the social stuff comes through or not. If it doesn’t entertain, it’s missed the mark.”

‘Working on Achilles, Inc. was really fun, and learning experience for me,” said Daniel Maine, the artist on the series. “It was my first step in doing a full miniseries as the main artist and also gave me the opportunity to develop my creative process and design characters and costumes. Also, I really think the idea of this world, with the Boosters and our heroes,  is really interesting, with a lot of possibilities! I cannot wait for people to enjoy our work.”

All four issues of Achilles, Inc. will be available at the Source Point Press booth at C2E2, taking place on April 6 through 8. It will then be available through retailers who carry Source Point Press publications, at Source Point’s convention appearances and their online store, as well as digitally on comiXology.

The publishing partnership between Comics Experience and Source Point Press gives alumni from Comics Experience’s Creators Workshop, education courses, and mentorships the opportunity to have their comics published and distributed. The publishing program was announced in January 2018 and four titles will be released in April: the miniseries Achilles Inc. and The Family Graves, and the trade paperbacks Grief and Wretched Things.

Click through to read a preview of Achilles, Inc. #1!

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SAVING REALITY IS THE FAMILY BUSINESS IN THE FAMILY GRAVES

New comic book mini-series from Comics Experience and Source Point Press to debut at C2E2

Comics Experience and Source Point Press are excited to announce the upcoming release of The Family Graves, a new comic that Phil Hester calls “a satisfying combination of The Incredibles and classic Universal monster films.” In this four-issue mini-series, Tim Bach, Brian Atkins, Dijjo Lima, and Marco Della Verde blend science fiction, family drama, heart racing-adventure, and monsters!

Phil Graves is an alchemical engineer who has recently turned into an unpredictably shifting werewolf. He and his dysfunctional, mismatched family of monsters must race across dimensions to collect a set of magical mirrors in order to stop a chronal vampire from devouring the space-time continuum and destroying reality. But can the family hold together even as reality falls apart?

“At its heart, The Family Graves is a family drama—primarily about fathers and sons—dressed up in the teeth and claws of a monster adventure story,” said writer Tim Bach. “There’s yelling and hugging, tears and laughs, but also monsters and grand adventure. The Family Graves is a book for anyone who loves monsters, sci-fi/fantasy, family drama, and unabashedly fun comics.”

Bach and the letterer Marco Della Verde spoke more about the creative process behind The Family Graves and how their membership in Comics Experience’s Creators Workshop helped develop their concept in an interview on the CE website.

All four issues of The Family Graves will debut at the Source Point Press booth at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2, taking place on April 6 through 8. It will then be available through retailers who carry Source Point Press publications, at Source Point’s convention appearances and their online store, as well as digitally on comiXology.

The publishing partnership between Comics Experience and Source Point Press gives alumni from Comics Experience’s Creators Workshop, education courses, and mentorships the opportunity to have their comics published and distributed. The publishing program was announced in January 2018 and four titles will be released in April: the miniseries Achilles Inc. and The Family Graves, and the trade paperbacks Grief and Wretched Things.

Praise for The Family Graves

“How you made me like a family as crazed as this is a mystery to me — but I love them!”
-Mark Waid (Avengers, Captain America)

“One of those ideas you will beat yourself up for not coming up with yourself, told with humor and heart without falling into cliche. The Family Graves is a satisfying combination of The Incredibles and classic Universal monster films.”
-Phil Hester (Mythic, Mother Panic)

“A sci-fi twist of Munsters style proportions with a Fantastic Four vibe! The Family Graves made me feel like having an adventure with a little monster of my own! AW YEAH!
-Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Hellboy)

“Chock-full of weird science and even weirder monsters, The Family Graves deftly balances horror, heroics, humor, and heart. If you’ve currently got a vacant spot in your read pile for a fantastic family of adventurers, this series is a perfect fit. Trust me, this is one clan you’ll be dying to join!”
-Marc Sumerak (The Art of Harry Potter, Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket’s Guide)

Click through for a preview of The Family Graves #1!

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Last Call for 2 Upcoming Courses!

It’s your last chance to sign up for two of our exciting upcoming classes! Don’t miss out on your chance to build your comics creating skills with us. Sign up ASAP to make sure you secure a spot, because we can’t guarantee one will be available when you go to register!

Introduction to Comic Book Coloring – Starts March 26
Instructor Chris Sotomayor bio

Introduction to Perspective and Environments – Starts March 28
Instructor Phillip Sevy bio

If you are interested in Paul Allor‘s Scripting Your Miniseries or OGN course, it has sold out! We do have some slots open in his Creating Great Characters class beginning in June.

Check out our full list of course offerings 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!

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EPISODE #148 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 #148 – Screen Experience
Screen Experience, including new classes and podcasts, is here! Writing for animation, writing for illustrated books, screenwriting… find out more at screenexperience.com.

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!


COMICS EXPERIENCE ANNOUNCES SCREEN EXPERIENCE COURSES

New program starting in May 2018 teaches skills for screenwriting, animation

After having established itself as the place where aspiring comic book creators learn from industry professionals, Comics Experience is very excited to announce its new venture: Screen Experience. Launching in May 2018, Screen Experience will offer online educational courses designed for aspiring writers and artists who want to hone their skills for the film, television, and animation industries. A companion podcast, Pages to Pictures, debuted on March 18.

Comics Experience has engaged talented professionals in the film and animation industries to teach the Screen Experience courses. On offer are both introduction and advanced classes, ensuring that students can benefit no matter their level of experience. Screen Experience’s classes will be held live online by video, with ample opportunities for students to individually interact in real-time with their instructors and classmates, as well as to receive feedback for their work.

The first Screen Experience course is a day-long online Master Seminar with Georgia Lee. Lee, who writes for Syfy’s The Expanse, will instruct students on writing, collaborating, and managing a writing staff.

The instructor for Screen Experience’s screenwriting courses is James Janowsky, who taught screenwriting and film business at New York’s School of Visual Arts for six years.

Patrick Rieger will lead a course on writing for animation. His writing credits include shows on Cartoon Network, Disney Jr., Amazon, and Netflix.

Owen Welsh will teach courses on animation and character design for Screen Experience. Welsh has worked in the video game industry for 13 years and studied under master animator Don Bluth.

Andy Schmidt, the founder of Comics Experience, sees the Screen Experience courses as a natural extension of the comic book writing and art courses that Comics Experience has offered since 2007.

“With all the overlap between storytellers, I always knew this day would come. I knew that the creators I knew and the students and clients we’ve had would eventually force us to create courses for the silver screen and television,” said Schmidt. “This has been a long time coming and I’m confident that the instructors we’ve got lined up are more than up to the task!”

Screen Experience offers a full range of courses – screenwriting, animation, character design, and storyboarding. Prospective students can sign up at the www.screenexperience.com. There are bundling discounts for students signing up for more than one related courses. The complete listings are below.

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Master Seminar with Georgia Lee: Writing for Television
5/18/18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Screen and television writer Georgia Lee (The Expanse, Red Doors) will lead an in-depth look at the craft, business, and real-life dynamics of writing for the small screen. In this full-day seminar, Georgia will share her experience writing for three seasons of Syfy’s The Expanse. The seminar covers the nuts and bolts of writing for television – from breaking down a story, to outlining an episode, to writing first drafts, to room etiquette, to how to develop a staff, and much more. Georgia will share her actual documents within the seminar so you can see the “working files” from a real television show as she demystifies the writers’ room experience.

Screenwriting 101: Introduction to Screenwriting
Instructor: James Janowsky
Start: 6/21/18, Thursday nights 8:30 – 10:30 PM ET (6 weeks)
Price: $595
Bundle with Screenwriting 201 – Price: $1,190
Developed by James Janowsky, this six-week intensive introductory screenwriting class not only teaches you all the necessary fundamentals on how to effectively write a screenplay, but you will also gain a greater understanding for creating and writing compelling characters and engaging stories in different genres.

Screenwriting 201: Advanced Screenwriting
Instructor: James Janowsky
Start: 2/4/19, Monday nights 8:30 – 10:30 PM ET (7 weeks)
Price: $795
Bundle with Screenwriting 101 – Price: $1,190
Developed by James Janowsky, this seven-week intensive advanced screenwriting class will not only reinforce the necessary fundamentals that you learned in the introductory class, but now you will learn how to effectively write using the elements of cinema to help create a professional feature length screenplay.

Screenwriting 103: Writing for Animation
Instructor: Patrick Rieger
Start: 9/20/18, Thursday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks)
Price: $595
Learn to write for animation from screenwriter Patrick Rieger. This six-week course covers everything you need to know to write your own screenplay. We’ll cover format, how to establish character, structure your plot, create tone, and even look at ways to build theme. And you’ll get feedback along the way from Patrick himself! Plus, Patrick will share his industry insights and provide tips on how to break in as a professional screenwriter in the world of animation. You will take your concepts from basic idea to formal screenplay. By the end of the course, you’ll have your own 7-15 page screenplay that could be used for a professionally animated project.

Art of Animation 101: Introduction to Character Design
Instructor: Owen Welsh
Start: 6/4/18,, Monday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks – skip week for July 4)
Price: $595
Developed by Andy Schmidt and Owen Welsh (Sims 2, Sims 3, MySims 2, MySims 3, Hellgate London, and many more), this six-week intensive class for character designers teaches you all the necessary tools and tricks for not only creating character model sheets but also how to build a maquette.

Art of Animation 102: Introduction to Animating
Instructor: Owen Welsh
Start: 8/13/18, Monday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks)
Price: $595
Bundle Art of Animation 101: Intro to Character Design, Art of Animation 102: Intro to Animating, and Art of Animation 203: Intro to Storyboarding – Price: $1,685
Developed by Andy Schmidt and Owen Welsh (Sims 2, Sims 3, MySims 2, MySims 3, Hellgate London), this six-week intensive class for animators teaches you all the necessary tools and tricks for not only animating traditionally on paper but how to approach the art form by creating a plan for your animation.

Art of Animation 203: Introduction to Storyboarding
Instructor: Owen Welsh
Start: 4/11/19, Thursday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks)
Price: $595
Bundle with Art of Animation 101: Intro to Animating, Art of Animation 102: Intro to Character Design and Art of Animation 203: Intro to Storyboarding – Price: $1,685
In this seven-week course, we will discover the art and technique of storyboarding. Storyboards are the visual blueprints that create the foundation for film. We will discuss where ideas come from and how to access creativity for visual storytelling. Developed by Andy Schmidt and Owen Welsh (Sims 2, Sims 3, MySims 2, MySims 3, Hellgate London, and many more), this seven-week, intensive class for storyboarding teaches you all the necessary tools and tricks to interpret words into powerful pictures.

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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!


Comic Book Script Archive Adds New Scripts From Tim Bach, Frank Gogol, Andy Schmidt, & Devon Wong!

Four new scripts are now available from the Comic Book Script Archive, presented by Comics Experience! Each one represents an upcoming release in our publishing partnership with Source Point Press.

All four titles will be available in print beginning at C2E2 on April 6-8, 2018. All were conceived and developed by creators from within the Comics Experience community.

Congrats to our creators. Check out their scripts on the archive, and check out the published books beginning April 6!

 

The Family Graves #1
Script by Tim Bach
Created by Tim Bach, Brian Atkins, and Marco DellaVerde

The Family Graves combines science-fiction adventure and family drama with a love of classic monster movies to create a fun supernatural action tale.

 

Grief
Script by Frank Gogol
Created by Frank Gogol, Nenad Cviticanin, Kim Holm, Ryan Foust, Bethany Varni, Jey Soliva, Luca Bulgheroni, Esther P. Gil-Munilla, Emily Elmer, Sean Rinehart, and Dani Martins

Grief follows ten very different people as they each struggle with the pain of loss and their own personal demons.

 

Achilles Inc. #1
Script by Andy Schmidt
Created by Andy Schmidt, Daniel Maine, Francesca Zambon, and ET Dollman

In a flash of light, the world changed, and a sliver of the world’s population gained extraordinary abilities. But what if these individuals decided not to put on brightly colored tights, and instead decided to use their gifts for their own benefits?

 

Wretched Things #1
Script by Devon Wong
Created by Devon Wong, Ken Perry, and John Hunt

A rich fantasy in the tradition of The Secret of NIMH tells the stories of great heroes who live in the margins of our world.

 

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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!