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Workshop Member Todd Matthy’s Robots vs. Princesses Set to Debut!

The all-ages comic Robots vs. Princesses, penned by Creators Workshop member Todd Matthy, is about to debut! The project Kickstarter has met its goal to launch issue #1, with additional funds earmarked to support the release of future issues. The campaign remains open only through Thursday, August 24 — donate by then to reserve your copy.

This four-issue limited series includes art by Nicolas Chapuis, and lettering by Comics Experience alum Sean Rinehart. The plot centers on the unlikely friendship between Princess Zara and a robot named Wheeler, and their efforts to bring peace to the land they both inhabit.

Get a taste from the Kickstarter page, which also includes a free downloadable 8-page preview!

Robots vs. Princesses is the culmination of years of effort on the creators’ part. Todd initially offered the first script for critique on our Creators Workshop in 2014, and the series took shape from there.

In an interview with The Nerdy Girl Express, Todd talks through the history of the project, the process of creating it, how his love of comics intersects with his career as an elementary school teacher, and more!

Below, Todd talks with us more about Robots vs. Princesses, and the campaign to bring it to readers:

Variant cover by Sean von Gorman

What are your thoughts about how the project has changed since you first began workshopping it?

It’s stronger. When I first brought it to the Workshop is was just an idea with the characters that played with the tropes of Disney Princesses and Transformers. Through the Creators Workshop, I was able to create a strong foundation and crack open these characters and make them “real” people as opposed to archetypes and roles.

What are your plans for the title beyond this campaign?

Myself and Nic Chapuis (my artist) want to finish a four issue limited series. All funds raised beyond our initial goal will go towards putting out these issues in a fast and timely manner.

And how can folks follow this project or your other work after Thursday?

Sign up for my mailing list. You’ll get two free books and weekly updates with back matter and behind the scenes information as I chronicle my journey on the road to publication.

Thanks and congratulations to Todd, Nic, and Sean!

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

Introduction to Comic Book Art has a Few Slots Open!

Our Introduction to Comic Book Art course with Robert Atkins (Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimatum Fantastic Four: Requiem, G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes), scheduled to start September 6, has only a few slots left!

In this course, Robert leads a fun series of interactive sessions, culminating in a new set of skills that you can put into practice immediately. His accessible teaching style and insightful critiques have earned him rave reviews from former students! You can read more about how he conducts class here.

If you’re looking to take any advanced art course, remember that this is a prerequisite.

Introduction to Comic Book Art starts Wednesday, September 6, and runs for six weekly sessions. For further details and to enroll, visit the official page here!

Only a Few Spots Left in Intro to Coloring!

EDITED to reflect updated course start dates.

We only have a few slots left in our Introduction to Comic Book Coloring course, which begins on September 18. Veteran colorist Chris Sotomayor will provide personalized instruction on the basics of techniques, development, and finding your own unique style.

Many alumni from the class have gone on to enjoy fulfilling and fun careers in comics. Here’s what they have to say about the experience:

“…Two things were outstanding… The first is the instructor and [the second is the] critiques of our work. Class regularly ran late so that no one was left out, and I learned just as much from the critiques of the other student’s work as I did my own,” say Scott Wegna, co-creator and artist of Atomic Robo.

“One evening we ran an entire hour over, and while it was exhausting, it was great.”

Amy Chu, known for Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death, KISS, and more, says, “For a non-artist like me, this was a great class, largely because Soto is willing to spend his personal time to get you up to speed… I feel like I’m at the point where I can do some basic coloring for some of my shorts and another friend’s strip, which is more than I could have asked for.”

More testimonials about Chris and his skills from former students can be read here.

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

Remember, Intro to Coloring is required if you wish to move on to Advanced Comic Book Coloring. That course will begin on November 6, shortly after the upcoming introductory course concludes. You can learn more about that course here.

Register today for your chance to develop your craft, increase your skills, and achieve your goals as a comics creator! To begin the process, click here.

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Live Workshop Tuesday, August 8: Breaking the Grid!

ComicsExperience_logoOur next Live Workshop will be on Tuesday, August 8, 2017!

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!

NEXT WEEK! Tuesday, August 8 at 9:00 pm ET
Breaking the Grid: Comic Page Design that breaks out of the traditional grid-like pattern
ANDY SCHMIDT: The grid and the three-tier system are the backbone of clear visual storytelling in comics. But there are underlying rules to them–rules that almost automatically snap into place when a grid is used in the layouts. In this session, Andy analyzes some of those underlying principles to show how to apply them to art that breaks the grid system or pops out of panels. If the principles are applied properly, pages without panel borders can still flow naturally and intuitively for any reader!


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

David Pepose’s SPENCER & LOCKE is Headed to the Movies!

Course graduate David Pepose will be seeing his neo-noir crime thriller Spencer & Locke head to the big screen! The Action Lab comic, written by David and featuring art by Jorge Santiago, Jr., launched in April and features a unique story blending neo-noir with grown-up fantasy. A detective’s childhood sweetheart turns up murdered, and the only partner who can help him solve it is his imaginary friend.

Adrian Askarieh, best known as the producer behind the Hitman movies, inked a two-year, first-look deal with the team, and plans to submit it to Constantin Film… which happens to be behind a little franchise called Resident Evil.

David says, “The Spencer & Locke movie option was definitely a confluence of a lot of things coming together at just the right moment. I’m a big believer that no one will love a book or advocate for a book more than its creators, and so we pushed really hard to both press outlets and comics retailers to get them as invested in the book as we were.”

He credits the positive critical and popular buzz surrounding the comic as a major factor in landing the film adaptation.

“Ultimately, that critical momentum and positive word-of-mouth helped put us in the right place in the right time — namely, when I found out that Adrian and I shopped at the same comic book store, and that the owner of our store had recommended he read Spencer & Locke. So the moral of this story — always be cool to your local comics shop!”

Adrian is closely involved with the team, and David met with him at San Diego Comic Con to go over possible future Spencer & Locke stories. Although changes will be inevitable in the translation between mediums, everyone is involved with the project this far is excited to see how the characters and the world evolve.

“It’s that unique distillation of what makes a particular property tick, while putting them in the kind of adventure that’s accessible to a wider audience,” says David. “I’m sure certain bits of our book won’t make it from page to screen, and that’s okay — I’d probably be disappointed if our story didn’t keep building and evolving as we make the jump to the big screen.”

No matter where the creative brainstorming takes the project, David’s metric for success stands as evergreen advice for comics creators who want to see their work turned into a movie: “The most important thing for any adaptation is just maintaining the integrity of our characters, keeping the tone of our world, and not shying away from the themes of our story.”

Curtis C’s THE WILD COSMOS Now on Kickstarter!

Creators Workshop member Curtis C has teamed up with artist Mauro Mandalari and colorist Harrison Yinfaowei for The Wild Cosmos Kickstarter campaign!

Their second outing on the crowdfunding platform sends readers on a rollicking adventure across the galaxy, where Captain Cooper struggles to maintain his small crew amid a plethora of perils. Unusual for a Kickstarter comic, this one will be in an 8”x12” format.

Curtis says, “I really enjoy reading the bigger sized comics, almost like that European style size. From the way it feels in my hands to just having the bigger sized pages to show off the art, I think 8”x12” will work well for The Wild Cosmos.”

He also notes that the larger pages make it easier for readers to absorb themselves in the lush spreads the team has planned. Curtis is excited to be bringing the team from his first Kickstarter back for some galactic gallivanting, and showcasing how their skills have grown in the interim.

“They are the professionals in each of their fields, so sometimes I have to take a step back and let them experiment and try new ideas,” he says of his relationship with Harrison and Mauro.

“Then you also have to take into account that we’re all in different countries and time zones, as well as some language barriers. But we’ve all been working together for over a year now, and it’s been a pretty smooth process for a while; Google Docs is a life saver.”

Curtis’ time with the Creators Workshop also significantly influenced the direction of The Wild Cosmos.
He says, “Networking and finding collaborators in the Creator’s Workshop has been huge for me. I’ve found help getting logo designs to even editing (and all for free!). That’s huge when you’re just starting out and on a tight budget.”

“Also just being able to pop in and read some scripts is a great resource. It’s helped me with my own writing, from script format, panel descriptions, and more. And I can’t wait to take some of these courses one day!”

You can support The Wild Cosmos here.