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Warm Up to CE’s Winter Courses!

Comics Experience and Screen Experience’s next slate of courses is now open for enrollment! Beginning in January, you can choose from courses in writing, art, and production for comics or screen. CE courses are a great way to launch your goals for the new year — or a great gift for lighting someone’s creative spark.

Andy Schmidt

CE founder Andy Schmidt

All of our courses are live, online, and taught by instructors equally dedicated to their craft AND to helping you learn. Each course curriculum is carefully developed in conjunction with CE’s founder, Andy Schmidt, in order to present information that’s engaging, practical, and fun!

In addition to our live online class sessions, your enrollment includes access to a dedicated online forum offering ongoing discussion and support. Our forums have sparked careers, started friendships, and led to lasting creative partnerships! We’re proud of the community we’ve helped create, and we want you to be a part of it.

Recordings of each class session are available to all registered students. Whatever your schedule or time zone, you can view course recordings to make up missed classes or review key points, as often as you like, for up to two weeks after your course concludes.

Choose from any of our upcoming winter courses — all are available for enrollment NOW, with full descriptions on our course pages! Sign up in time for the holiday giving season, and start hitting your creative goals come 2019.

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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 Scripts from Three Published Comics Experience Writers!

Three new scripts are now available from the Comic Book Script Archive, presented by Comics Experience! Donated by writers Chris Clark, Bruce Kim, and Glenn Møane, each script is from a project chosen for publication through our partnership with Source Point Press.

All three titles premiered at New York Comic Con 2018, and began their path to publication right here in the Comics Experience community. Now, you can get a peek behind the process at the scripts that launched the books. They are:

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.

Wild Strawberries
Written by Bruce Kim
Illustrated by Katia Vecchio

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

The Love She Offered
Written by Glenn Møane
Illustrated by Tirso Llanera

A miniseries about love, obsession, betrayal, and murder.

 

The Comic Book Script Archive is an educational resource for those interested in comic book scripting, with scripts generously donated by the creators. Our thanks to Chris, Bruce, and Glenn for donating their scripts!

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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 #165 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!

Episode #165 – Scheduling Your Time
Jim Gibbons talks about scheduling for each step of the comics-making process, and really sitting down and doing the math. Working on creator-owned, work-for-hire, whatever your project, planning a schedule for/with your team is key to making deadlines.

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!


Andy Schmidt Says Goodbye to Stan Lee

This blog has been cross-posted from Andy’s Facebook page, with his permission.

I’m sure you have all heard by now that Stan Lee, perhaps the chief architect of Marvel Comics, passed away at the age of 95.

There are a lot of things one could choose to discuss about Stan Lee, and most of those discussions are likely worth having.

But I’m not sad today. I feel the loss of a legend and icon whose work has meant deeply personal things to me and millions of other people. I feel that loss, yes. But in the case of Stan Lee, I have had occasion to tell him multiple times–including every year on his birthday when we would exchange emails usually lasting back and forth for a couple of days–how much his work meant to me and to so many others.

I never missed an opportunity to thank him and express my gratitude for his work.

I was never able to thank Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko or Stanley Kubrick or so many of the creative visionaries whose work helped shape my storytelling and aesthetic sensabilities.

I know he knew we cared and we appreciate his work. I know that because I told him and I told him for me, for my kids, and for everyone else who couldn’t.

I’m not sad today. But in just under two months, on December 27th, when he would have turned 96, I will feel the lack when I think to open my laptop and shoot off my happy birthday and thank you email to him and then stop myself.

So, one last time, for all of us…

Thank you, Stan.


Episode #164 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!

Episode #164 – Finding the Humanity in Superheroes
Heather Antos talks about finding the humanity in superheroes, including her experience at Marvel with Deadpool and Gwenpool. And a preview of Heather’s 11/09/19 Comics Experience micro course in Kickstarting YOUR comics.

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!


Alum Chris Massari’s Six Swords Now on Kickstarter!

“It explores themes such as the fruitlessness of revenge, remorse about our past, and the redemption we seek for our sins.” – Six Swords creative team

“If flying heads and f-bombs are also up your alley, you won’t want to miss this.” – Matthew Peter Murphy

Comics Experience alum Chris Massari and collaborators have partnered to create Six Swords: an action comic series set in a post-apocalyptic United States. Combining Tarantino-style pulp, spaghetti westerns, and social satire, the story follows the titular group as they face conflict and adventure in search of fresh starts and redemption.

Chris and his creative teammates are running a Kickstarter to help print the first volume of the story, which collects issues #1 through #3. You can order the book by supporting the campaign here!

Chris spoke with us about the project’s creative team, the story’s origins, and his development as a comic creator.

THE TEAM

Chris credits his collaborators for the project’s success so far. He co-wrote the story with Melchor (Mel) Sapiandante and Matthew Perez. The team also includes Ryan Cody on art, Elaina Unger on color, and Renato Guerra on lettering. The cover features line art by Eoin Marron, and color by Michael Doig.

Ryan‘s style was distinct and set him apart from all of the other submissions we got,” Chris says of the artist. “We wanted our series to be unique and not cookie cutter in any fashion, and we felt Ryan’s art would do just that.”

“The same for our letterer Renato Quiroga,” he adds. “We were very specifically looking to have the book available in different languages. So, Renato being a native Spanish speaker with a solid lettering resume, it was an instant match.”

On colorist Elaina Unger, he says, “She was from the same hometown as us and went to the same college as us too, and on top of that, she is a fantastic artist. Mel reached out and she’s been working with us since, as well as killing it on Archie comics and Sonic prior. She’s really good and awesome to work with.”

Another Comics Experience alum, Plaid Klaus, will be joining the team as penciler and inker on the forthcoming Volume 2. “The violence and action is coming for you to draw, Klaus,” Chris says. “Hang on!”

ORIGIN STORY

Talking about the project’s origins, Chris explains, “Mel had come up with this idea of saving our friend, who worked on the West Coast, while we were on the East Coast during [an] apocalypse with a bunch of machetes.” What started as a joking storytelling session between friends eventually morphed into a piece of Facebook fiction, then evolved into a full-fledged comic project.

“I was, at the time, writing for Ain’t It Cool News and trying to figure out this landscape of comics, because I wanted to do it professionally and it was just perfect timing,” Chris says. When the job took him to New York Comic Con, he seized the opportunity to find panels and other resources to help him bring the story to life.

The concept launched before Chris took any Comics Experience courses, but he credits the knowledge he gained as a community member for helping his work progress. Since starting with CE, Chris says, “I’ve completely changed my approach on drafting, editing, writing out panels and thinking about how it would work with the rest of the creative, specifically letters (thanks Dave Sharpe)! It’s just made my approach more professional and experienced; I understand the moving parts and the architectural structure stuff a lot more.”

Work on the second volume is already under way, with preview pages available in the Volume 1 edition for a taste of what’s to come. “We have a lot of really colorful characters on the horizon we want to introduce. Celia Pol, the unofficial ‘7th sword’ of the series, and basically a ‘queen of pirates,’ will play a huge role,” Chris teases.

The Six Swords Volume 1 Kickstarter runs through Monday, November 19, 2018. Support the project, reserve a copy, and learn more at the campaign page 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!

Posted by Nicole Boose