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Episode #153 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 Joey Groah and rotating co-hosts — Comics Experience General Manager Nicole Booose, former Marvel editor Heather Antos, and freelance editor 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!

Episode #153 – Avoiding the Comparison Trap with Jim Gibbons
It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap looking at other people making comics, and Jim Gibbons has thoughts on how to think about your goals and avoid unproductive mindsets.

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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


Owen Welsh’s Introduction to Character Design Starts Monday!

This guest post is brought to you by Owen Welsh himself, who let us reprint his own writing with permission.

I’m teaching an introductory class to character design here at Comics Experience next month. I’m very excited about the material I’m going to be presenting and sharing. Students will be exposed to character design principles and I’ll be spending a great deal of time helping them develop their own original character. You will walk out the class with some great model sheets and the confidence to design your own characters on your own after the class ends. In addition, there are going to be many opportunities for me to draw over your drawings and show you how to improve your designs.

There are going to be many opportunities for class participation during the lectures.

Here’s a character I’m exploring. His name is Jasper. He’s 8 years old and has aspirations of being a construction supervisor and doctor. Armed with a stethoscope and a head lamp he bravely embarks on a quest. On a mission to help a sick friend he discovers that he’s really not the best listener. I’m still discovering new ways to improve his design every time I draw him. For me, I have to get inside the character’s head before I can begin drawing. For this reason, we will also be developing a written character profile for your character design in class.

It’s going to be fun; hope to see you there!

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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!


New Script from Adam Knave and D.J. Kirkbride in Comic Book Script Archive!

A new script is available on the Comics Experience Comic Book Script Archive — The Once and Future Queen #1, written by Adam Knave and D.J. Kirkbride.

The Once and Future Queen, with art by Nick Brokenshire, re-imagines the King Arthur mythos for the twentieth century, featuring characters of diverse ethnicities and sexual orientations — but still maintaining the mythic, magical, and romantic essence of the medieval legends.

Published by Dark Horse Comics, The Once and Future Queen debuted in March 2017 and the trade paperback was published in November 2017. It was a nominee for the 2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics.


New Pages 2 Pictures Podcast: Deadpool 2!

A new episode of the Pages 2 Pictures podcast has been posted!

Each episode features a lively discussion of a film adapted from comics or other media. We’ll talk about the source material, along with the film in question.

Episode: Deadpool 2
In this episode, we focus on how the Deadpool films function in relation to the other X-Men franchise films, the adaptation of the individual characters from the comics to the screen, and seeds of the stories used for the hit sequel.

Join co-hosts James Janowsky, Skid Maher, and Andy Schmidt as they discuss the page-to-screen process. Presented by Comics Experience and Screen Experience.

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Posted by Nicole Boose


Episode #152 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 Joey Groah and rotating co-hosts — Comics Experience General Manager Nicole Booose, former Marvel editor Heather Antos, and freelance editor 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!

Episode #152 – Collaboration is Key
Heather Antos (Unikrn, Marvel) talks about how collaboration is key and comics are a full team effort.

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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 Meredith Nudo


Source Point Press, Team SLUG, and Amy Chu at Comicpalooza!

Comics Experience is headed to Houston’s own Comicpalooza again this year – and this year, we’ve got more friends showing up! From May 25 through 27, Andy Schmidt, Ben Goldsmith, Levi McIntire, and others will be set up at the Source Point Press booth!

Aspiring creators should stop by to talk to the team about publishing, Comics Experience courses, the Creators Workshop, and pick up a book or four!

Andy’s portfolio reviews will take place at the booth from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, and from 12:55 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. You can also stop by and have Frank Gogol sign your copy of his anthology Grief, as one of the first four books in the Comics Experience and Source Point team up.

If you’d like to learn more about the relationship between Source Point Press and Comics Experience, stop by panel room 8 (room 371B) on May 26 for a discussion between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Hear what we’re all about and feel free to ask us questions about our partnership!

In addition, Comics Experience creators Kevin Lintz and Shannon Thomas will be bringing their all-ages comic, Team SLUG, to Texas’ biggest city.

Team SLUG was born out of the two collaborators’ longtime friendship, mutual love of comics, and a desire to move from consumers to creators. The comic is an all-ages story about slugs versus hedgehogs in an epic WWII battle.

After seven conventions, Kevin and Shannon have their booth down to a science. They decorate with camouflage netting, ammo crates, grenades, and oversized standup figures of their main characters. The two also dress in army fatigues adorned with patches they created for the Team SLUG comics. People are drawn into the booth with the promise of frees stickers, a great comic, and a chance to hold a defused grenade.

Shannon has taken the Intro to Writing class and Kevin has taken Intro to Writing and the Lettering and Production class. All the issues were workshopped in the Comics Experience forum.

Team SLUG Vol. 1 is a collection of the first four issues along with a backup story, character sketches, and homage covers. It is available on Amazon and at their booth at Comicpalooza.

Comics Experience alum Amy Chu (Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death, Red Sonja, KISS) will be in attendance as a featured guest. Make sure to stop at her booth, say hello, and buy some comics! She will also be taking part in the Working with Non-Superhero Licenses in Comics panel on Sunday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in panel room 3 (room 371B). Celebrated comic book creators Joe Eisma, Matt Frank, and Sara Richards are participating as well.

We look forward to seeing you in Houston! Don’t forget your bug spray.

Thanks to Kevin and Shannon for providing some preformatted text for this piece!