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CE’s Pete Rogers Goes Back to His Screenwriting Roots in a Big Way!

Even though he’s sworn to a secrecy that even James Bond himself would find challenging, Comics Experiences’ Digital Content Editor Pete Rogers still found a moment to talk with us about what he can talk with us about regarding his big win with It’s My Shout and the BBC Writers Room. “The Package” begins filming in August, and the casting process is already underway.

Over 200 screenwriters submitted to their call for scripts for 10-minute shorts in English or Welsh, and after a heavy vetting process, the number was narrowed down to 50. Shortlisted contestants received a residential with the BBC, and a shot at getting picked up for a 3-day production.

“The first day focused on ‘What is a Story?’ and went through the five-act structure as a way to look at your script. We watched scenes from various TV shows and films and deconstructed them based on the theory we were being taught too and looked at some of our favorite mainstream films to see how they worked structurally, too,” Pete says of the experience.

“The second day was more individually focused, rather than a workshop. We were given notes on our scripts by two producers and we also discussed our writing careers, history and aspirations,” he continues. “We used the feedback we were given to start on our rewrites while in the writer’s room, then all wrote new drafts. These were the submitted and that’s when I found out my script was selected to be produced.”

Pete originally started out as a screenwriter, but he set it aside to focus on learning how to write comics. This opportunity took him closer to his roots, but his skills in a different medium helped enhance the experience.

“One thing I’ve learned from writing comics that applies to screenwriting in particular is thinking visually, but not calling the shots. You want your artist to picture what you’ve described but also to bring their own unique take to the storytelling, so what you write is a blueprint that can be adapted, evocative but not prescriptive,” Pete says.

“The same is true of a screenplay, as at some point you are handing it over to someone else to direct. It did take a while to remember that I was describing scenes to be shot, rather than a series of static panels, but it soon fell into place.”

We look forward to seeing Pete’s short once it’s complete! And, of course, what he’ll accomplish in the future!


Past the Last Mountain Honored with Ledger Award Nomination!

Cover of Past the Last Mountain #1We’re very proud to announce that the Comics Experience mini-series Past the Last Mountain by Paul Allor, Louie Joyce, and Gannon Beck has been nominated for the 2017 Ledger Award! Named after Australian cartoonist Peter Ledger, the award honors “excellence in Australian comics and publishing.” (Artist Louie Joyce hails from the Land Down Under.)

Past the Last Mountain is the story of a dragon, faun, and young troll who must band together to escape the injustices of a world that has decided they do not belong. Louie’s keen cartooning, combined with Gannon’s top-notch layouts, capture the personalities of the strong and maternal dragon Willa, the fierce faun Kate, and the lovable troll boy Simon. Paul’s fast-paced story is set in a rich, fully realized world.

Congratulations to Paul, Louie, and Gannon! We’ll be watching for the results, which will be announced on Friday, June 16.

Critical acclaim for Past the Last Mountain:


Past the Last Mountain is more than a fantasy comic: it is an exciting, heartfelt action story that uses interactions between fairy-tale characters and government officials to create an effective social commentary.” — Comic Bastards

“A story that, in other hands, could have been trite or unoriginal provides valuable commentary on the complex ways in which war, racism, and xenophobia ruin lives.” — Women Write About Comics

I was blown away by the very topical story that incorporated fantasy in a way that made the make believe feel relevant, offering up exciting and insightful commentary into the world we live in.” — The Beat

Past the Last Mountain is available at comiXology.


If you want to make comics, write, draw, letter, and color comics, or improve as a comics creator, you’ll find like-minded people in our online workshop and courses. We hope to see you there!

Posted by Jennifer de Guzman
jennifer@ComicsExperience.com


Live Workshop Tuesday, June 13: Panel Descriptions!

ComicsExperience_logoComics Experience founder Andy Schmidt has announced the next topic for an upcoming Live Workshop session!

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, June 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm ET
Panel Descriptions
You’ve got to write them if you’re a writer. You’ve got to interpret them if you’re an artist. Andy goes over the different kinds of panel descriptions, best practices in how to write them and interpret them, as well as why the term “Panel description” might just be the wrong name for how writers communicate their storytelling needs to the artist!

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Episode #134 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 #134, “Promoting your Work for Hire with Paul Allor”
Comics Experience staffer and Workshop alum Paul Allor (Clue, Past the Last Mountain) went over his strategies for promoting work-for-hire comics on social media.

List of All Episodes

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Reminder: Enrollment Open for Introduction to Digital Painting

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Comics Experience is offering a new session of Introduction to Digital Painting, led by artist-instructor Scott Johnson! Enrollment is still open, with limited seats available.

This course, beginning July 13, 2017, introduces you to the principles and techniques of creating fully-rendered artwork with a pressure-sensitive tablet. No experience is necessary, but techniques covered will benefit beginning and accomplished artists alike!

Check out these other resources for more about Scott, his work, and the course:

Q&A with instructor Scott Johnson

Video demo of Scott’s work

You can sign up for the Introduction to Digital Painting course 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!

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Creators Workshop Member Ramon Gil Presents Senturies!

Senturies is the latest comic book product being launched by one of Comics Experience’s Creators Workshop members! The comic, written by Ramon Gil, tells the story of Alex Ozuka. Alex is a test pilot who discovers a secret about her father, whom she thought was long-dead. He may be alive—and part of a secret team called The Sentries that guards Earth from alien attack.

Ramon has launched a Kickstarter campaign that ends on June 9 to bring Senturies to print. He previously successfully funded two previous comic book campaigns, for The Hard Code and SCIFIES. The Senturies team also includes Marta Tanrikulu, former Comics Experience Operations Manager; and artists Ian Waryanto, Macareña Cortes, Mikiko Ponczeck, and Kevin Stone.

Ramon has been a member of the Comics Experience Creators Workshop since 2014. He received feedback from peers on Senturies in the workshop, where members trade critiques of scripts and art.

“Having this workshopped at CE was great!” Ramon said. “About seven people gave it a look over and gave feedback in regards to pacing, panel choices, story and more. The best was insight into military and Air Force ranks, terms, and procedures! The comments from the other writers were invaluable and I applied as much of it as I could to the final script and book.”

The first ten pages of Senturies are available to read now. Pledge to support it 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 people in our online workshop and courses. We hope to see you there!

Posted by Jennifer de Guzman
jennifer@ComicsExperience.com