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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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Posted by Nicole Boose
nicole@ComicsExperience.com


Rich Bloom’s Logo Design Course Now Open for Enrollment!

Source Point Press graphic designer Rich Bloom is offering an exciting class for comics creators who need to know the production and marketing sides of the industry. Introduction to Logo and Marketing Materials Design begins September 13 and runs every Thursday for five weeks until October 25, with a break the week of October 4.

We keep our class sizes small so you receive the most personalized instruction possible. Make sure to sign up here as soon as you are able if you want to guarantee your spot.

The course will teach you the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and what design elements factor into an eye-catching logo that will make your comic stand out on the shelf. In addition, Rich will also go over what you need to craft the marketing materials you need to get the word out about your book, as well as how the logo should work on media as diverse as postcards, stickers, social media headers, business cards, and more.

Right now, we’re offering a SPECIAL BONUS OFFER for our enrollees. If you sign up for both Introduction to Logo Design and Marketing Materials and the upcoming Advanced Logo and Book Design course, also taught by Rich, you will receive a special discount! Get $100 off the combined class and receive both courses for $990, but only if you enroll in both at the same time.

To sign up for Introduction to Logo Design and Marketing Materials, click here.

Click here to enroll in Advanced Logo and Book Design if you wish to add it to your package.

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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!


Find Andy and Source Point at SDCC!

Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt and our friends and partners at Source Point Press will be attending San Diego Comic-Con next weekend, at booth #2306! Creators Workshop member and Comics Experience alumnus and writer Frank Gogol will be on hand to sign copies of Grief, along with other Source Point creators like Kasey Pierce and Joshua Werner.

In addition, you will be able to catch Andy at the following panels:

Thursday, July 19

  • Art of Collaboration: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Collaborators, along with Kyle Higgins, Comics Experience alumnus Amy Chu, our own instructor Phillip Sevy, and Reilly Brown and Fred Van Lente, both of whom you can find around the Creator’s Workshop. Discuss the intricacies—and intimacies of creative collaboration for comic books. It’s a little known fact that most comics that don’t happen breakdown because of problems amongst the collaborators. Learn how to avoid these common pitfalls and build lasting, collaborative relationships! 4-5 p.m., Room 11

Friday, July 20

  • Comics Experience’s Guide to Writing Comics and Graphic Novels, along with Fred Van Lente. Drill down on the craft of writing comics, breaking it down into actionable steps to get your ideas out of your brain and onto the scripted page! If you’ve ever wanted to write comics, this is your first step! 3-4 p.m., Room 11

Saturday, July 21

  • Writing for Comics: Crafting Perfect Panel Descriptions, along with Phillip Sevy, Reilly Brown, and Mike Costa. This panel will take you through the complicated and artful process of creating powerful panel descriptions that artists will love to draw from and get you what you want—EVERY TIME! No comics writer can be successful with out learning how to properly and dynamically communicate with his or her artist! 2-3 p.m., Room 11
  • Breaking Into Comics – Creating Your Own Career, along with Phillip Sevy and Fred Van Lente. A no-holds-barred look at what it takes to break into comics as a writer or an artist as well as an honest picture of the current comics industry landscape. This is your chance to hear it straight from those in the trenches. Andy and Phillip are ready to help and committed to giving you honest answers and real strategies! Hosted by Comics Experience. 3:30-5 p.m., Room 2

We look forward to seeing you there!