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Episode #130 of the Comics Experience “Make Comics” Podcast Posted, with Guest Mark Waid!

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 #130 – Mark Waid on Working with New Comics Talent
Mark Waid (Marvel, Archie, ThrillBent, DC, BOOM!) joins Make Comics to talk about working with new talent and wearing an editor hat.

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
nicole@ComicsExperience.com
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Comics Experience’s Paul Allor is Writing Clue!

At Emerald City Comic Con, Comics Experience‘s Paul Allor surprised fans – and us! – with the news that he will be penning IDW’s new five-issue Clue miniseries along with artist Nelson Dániel! Based on the classic board game, this tale of murder and mystery freshens up some familiar faces – Mrs. White now works as a Senator instead of a maid, and Miss Scarlet seems to have traded her vamp aesthetic for pop star glam right out of Jem and the Holograms.

“IDW has a long-standing relationship with Hasbro, the owner of Clue. The idea of a possible Clue comic was something they cooked up together. Then IDW editor Carlos Guzman came to me about pitching an idea for it! Needless to say, I absolutely jumped at the chance,” Paul says.

Although he’s worked with licensed properties before, most notably G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Paul found that board game adaptations come with their own unique challenges – and storytelling rewards.

“This is the first time I’ve been in on developing a licensed property from the ground floor, and… the nearly limitless potential [of the original board game] really added to that. The elements of Clue are well-known: the main characters, an array of weapons, a big mansion,” he says

“But within that framework, IDW and Hasbro have given artist Nelson Dániel and I extraordinary narrative freedom. I’m not gonna lie: my pitch contained some weird stuff, and some stuff I thought they’d almost surely say no to. But instead everyone was all in from the jump. The result will be a comic that honors the franchise’s roots and its history, while also tapping into the comics medium, resulting in a wild, wacky comic that could truly only be told in comics form.”

Paul credits his creative partner with bringing his bizarre world to vivid life.

“Nelson is so perfect for this — such a great blend of excellent character work, masterful control of the mood and exquisitely detailed backgrounds,” he says. “The communication on this project has been great, and the heart of our working relationship is basically Nelson sending amazing art, and me whooping for joy.”

We’re looking forward to seeing what surprises Paul has in store for us!

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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


Advanced Coloring Now Open for Enrollment! Class Starts May 8, 2017!

Enrollment is now open for Advanced Coloring: Live Studio Experience! Class begins May 8, 2017, and space is limited. Registration is open to anyone who has completed Introduction to Comic Book Coloring.

In each session of Advanced Coloring, instructor Chris “Soto” Sotomayor will provide detailed lessons on the more complex challenges – and solutions – that color artists encounter regularly. Storytelling, rendering, perspective, facial features, and more will receive careful attention – and plenty of opportunities for practice.

Our Live Studio Experience format allows for each student to receive individual assessment, and instruction that’s tailored to your needs. You’ll benefit from personalized lessons in the areas that will benefit YOU the most! It’s the best of both worlds, combining the collaboration and supportive atmosphere of a small group, with the one-on-one attention of a professional mentorship.

Class meets live, online, and runs for 8 weeks, beginning May 8. All registered students receive access to an online course discussion forum, as well as recordings of each class session.

Register on our course page here!

To learn more about our instructor and the coloring process, visit these pages:

This session of Advanced Coloring: Live Studio Experience begins Monday, May 8. We hope you’ll join us!

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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


Rod McCance’s Tales Of The Fractured Mind on Kickstarter!

The Kickstarter for Tales of the Fractured Mind by Creators Workshop member Rod McCance and artist Rolands Kalniņš is now live! And fully funded, with more than a week to go!

Tales of the Fractured Mind explores a range of mental illness topics with the hope of facilitating a greater understanding of and compassion for people who deal with these conditions. It seeks to humanize the often unfairly demonized through multiple stories, such as “War on Reality,” pictured here.

Just because it’s been funded, that doesn’t mean you can’t take part in Rod and Rolands’ project before the March 16 deadline. The first stretch goal, an extra story has already been unlocked. Round two, which still needs your support, will include a “making of” section, a pin-up gallery of more Rolands artwork, a comic adaptation of the Night Terrors #17 podcast, a small prose story and more.

You can support the Tales of the Fractured Mind Kickstarter here.

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Posted by Meredith Nudo


Live Workshop Tuesday, March 14: Inspiration vs. Structure!

ComicsExperience_logoComics Experience founder Andy Schmidt has announced the next topics for upcoming Live Workshop sessions!

Our Live Workshop sessions are online, monthly events, and they’re available exclusively to Creators Workshop members.

Each Live Workshop discussion focuses on a unique topic geared toward helping comic creators achieve their personal best. Past sessions have covered subjects like maximizing income, reinventing characters, negotiating collaboration agreements, and many more!

Current Workshop members can find details by logging in here.

For more benefits of Creators Workshop membership, head over to our Top Ten Reasons Why the Creators Workshop Is Awesome post! For additional details or to join, please visit our Creators Workshop page here.

Details about our next Live Workshop session is below. We hope you’ll join us!

Tuesday, March 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm ET
Inspiration vs Structure
ANDY SCHMIDT: We have an idea! We’re inspired to draw or write about it! A story to tell to inspire others! But how do we capture this inspiration??? By imposing structure and formula and analysis on it. Structuring your story and your art and your page layouts is helpful, there’s no doubt–but is there too much structure? Or too little? The eternal yin and yang of storytelling is explored and you get to ask your questions!

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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


Time Running Out to Enroll in Mark Waid’s Comics Script Writing Seminar!

Mark WaidTime is running out to enroll in our one-day Master Seminar with legendary comic writer Mark Waid!

This special course is open to all, and will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, March 18.

In this seminar, Mark will provide an in-depth look at how he approaches comics script writing and much more. From generating story ideas, to executing a series, to technical advice, to launching and maintaining an industry career, Mark’s honest insights will provide guidance and structure to anyone looking to improve their own writing — or just wanting to learn more about being a comics writer!

Mark Waid has enjoyed one of the most lauded and versatile careers in the comics industry. His credits include writing many of comics’ most well-known characters including Superman, Spider-Man, Captain America, and Archie. Mark has also worked extensively behind the scenes in the comics industry, as an editor for DC, Editor in Chief at Boom! Studios, and founder of digital publisher Thrillbent, among other roles.

Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt will co-host this Master Seminar. This is a one-time-only event, but when you enroll, you’ll have access to a recording of the session for two weeks after it’s held, to review as many times as you like!

Enroll before time runs out! Visit our course page for more information, and to sign up.

To hear more from Mark about his seminar, check out our interview here!

Master Seminar with Mark Waid: Comics Script Writing is on Saturday, March 18 – 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!

Posted by Nicole Boose
nicole@ComicsExperience.com