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Don’t Forget to Sign Up for Intro to Coloring!

Our always popular Introduction to Comic Book Coloring class with Chris Sotomayor (Spider-Man, The Avengers) starts back up again on October 15, 2018! 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! You really don’t wait to guarantee your spot.

You can read what Chris has to say about his curriculum and approach to teaching in this interview.

Chris’ course structure benefits more than just aspiring colorists and artists. It provides writers, editors, marketers, and letterers with the visual fluency needed to communicate with team members about their ideas. Comics Experience staffers Nicole Boose, Heather Antos, and Paul Allor all graduated from this course, as have some alumni you may have heard of: Amy Chu, Jamal Igle, Emily Elmer, and Dee Cunniffe, among others. It’s our hope that all students, regardless of their goals in the comics community, can apply their knowledge in practical and creative situations in equal measure.

Remember, Intro to Coloring is required if you wish to move on to Advanced Comic Book Coloring, which will begin again in 2019.

To register, click here.

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

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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 #159 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!

#159 – Don’t Let Social Media Get You Down
Why bother with social media if there’s so much negativity? When DO you read the comments? And why do we create in the first place? Heather Antos talks Social Media blackouts & blocklists, along with other tips & tricks to stay sane.

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


Your LAST CHANCE to Sign Up for Three Upcoming Courses!

We have three courses about to begin, and it’s your LAST CHANCE to sign up! We keep class sizes on the smaller side so you receive the most individualized feedback possible. If you’re serious about your career, you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to sharpen your skillsets with industry greats.

You better hurry if you hope to secure a space in the following:

Comics Storytelling 101: Introduction to Comic Art

7 Week Online Course | Wednesdays, September 5 – October 17, 2018 | Instructor: Phillip Sevy

Everything you need to know about launching your comic book art career is right here in our introductory course. Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider, Magdalena) guides you through the craft of storytelling, avoiding common mistakes, the business side of comics, cover art, and more.

Check out our interview with Phillip!

Sign up!

Production & Business 102: Introduction to Logo & Marketing Materials Design

6 Week Online Course | Thursdays, September 13 – October 25, 2018 | Skip Week October 4 | Instructor: Rich Bloom

If you want to release a comic, you’re going to need eye-catching design work so your book stands out on the shelf. Source Point Press‘ Rich Bloom covers what makes a logo memorable and provides detailed advice on how to market (and how not to market) through traditional and digital channels.

Sign up!

Screenwriting 103: Writing for Animation

6 Week Online Course | Thursdays, September 20 – October 25, 2018 | Instructor: Patrick Rieger

Patrick Reiger (Justice League Action, Thunderbirds are Go, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac)

Learn more about this course from Patrick himself!

Sign up!

Check out our full list of courses 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!


Four New Titles Coming from Comics Experience and Source Point Press!

If you’re headed to New York Comic-Con between October 4 and 7, stop by the Source Point Press booth and check out four exciting new books coming from their partnership with Comics Experience! These creators have taken our courses and participated in our Workshop. We are excited to play a part in helping their careers grow!

This round follows the first four books published by Source Point and Comics Experience. If you’re interested in publishing this program, we open up submissions a few times throughout the year. Make sure to read and review the posted guidelines first.

The new titles are as follows:

Wild Strawberries
Written by Bruce Kim
Illustrated by Katia Vecchio

A crisis forces a young man back home to confront a traumatic past.

Halus
Written by Chris Clark, adapting Atung Yupas
Illustrated by Owen Welsh

A cheeky, fun adaptation of a story from Atung Yupas’ 1991 collection of Tayal folktales.

To Die For
Written by Glenn Moane
Illustrated by Tirso Llanera

A three-issue miniseries about love, obsession, betrayal, and murder.

Gutter Magic
Written by Rich Douek
Illustrated by Brett Barkley
Colored by Jules Rivera
Lettered by Nic J. Shaw

An exciting hardcover edition of the hit miniseries Gutter Magic featuring brand new short stories, behind-the-scenes looks at production, and a new prose story.

See you at NYCC!

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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 #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.

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!


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!