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Creating Great Characters Course Is Open for Enrollment!

Paul Allor

Beginning June 6, writer and instructor Paul Allor will lead students in a brand-new Comics Experience course offering: Creating Great Characters. Enrollment is open, and you can register right here!

In this course, Paul – a CE alum-turned-professional writer – will guide you through some of the common pitfalls of character development and how to avoid them. He’ll also introduce specific tips and techniques to help you shape compelling, complex characters, in ways that make the most of the unique freedoms and constraints of the comics format.

Check out our interview with Paul here.  In it, he talks about how easy it is to overcome some of those beginners’ mistakes, once you have the right tools. He also goes into detail about what students can expect from his class sessions. (Spoiler alert: the key is FUN.)

Art by George Caltsoudas

Paul’s writing credits include creator-owned and indie titles like Monstro Mechanica (AfterShock), Tet (IDW/Comics Experience), and Past the Last Mountain (Gov’t Comics), as well as licensed properties for Marvel, Dynamite, and IDW, including extensive work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

Space in Creating Great Characters is limited, so don’t wait! Class starts on Wednesday, June 6 and meets weekly in our live online classroom for six weeks.

Register now or get more details 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


Phillip Sevy’s Introduction to Figure Drawing & Anatomy Starts May 16!

On May 16, Comics Experience instructor Phillip Sevy will be teaching the Introduction to Figure Drawing and Anatomy course! Aspiring comic book artists will not want to miss this chance to learn how to craft dynamic characters to keep readers turning the page.

“They way we connect to the stories we tell is through the characters we read about. Whether your style is realistic or cartoony, a solid foundation and understanding of anatomy is required to make characters that allow our readers to identify with and see themselves in,” Phil says.

The course covers the basic forms of the human body, with lessons breaking parts down into their most simplistic forms and detailing how all the bones, muscles, tendons, and other bits work together and make locomotion happen.

Phil says, “The basic art books teach some simple methods for creating a figure that work for beginners – but they create bad habits for those wanting to professional. We’re going to look at these issues and teach better ways to go about building and drawing your figure.”

You can sign up for Introduction to Figure Drawing & Anatomy 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 Meredith Nudo


EPISODE #150 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 #150 – Milestones and Industry Changes
Andy reflects on the comics industry from when he started Comics Experience to present day, as well as talking “What’s next?”

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


Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt in Philly and Savannah!

Comics Experience founder and instructor Andy Schmidt will be appearing at two upcoming events:

In Philadelphia, Andy will be in attendance along with our publishing partners at Source Point Press. Look for Andy as he leads two panels, and joins Source Point editor Travis McIntire for artist portfolio reviews!

Check out the events schedule to the left, and stop by to pick up copies of our four new joint publications: The Family Graves, Wretched Things, Grief, and Achilles, Inc.

Andy will be in Savannah to conduct a guest lecture at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and to spend time with the students there.

Comics Experience, and our publishing partners at Source Point, attend multiple conventions each year. We love talking with folks about the work that we do, and learning about others’ interests and goals!

For more on our convention activities, you can read about our recent experience at C2E2 here – complete with werewolf cosplay!   Follow us here on our site, and on Facebook or Twitter for ongoing updates about future appearances.

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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


Comics Experience at C2E2!

Earlier this month, Comics Experience and Source Point Press staffers and creators gathered at C2E2 in Chicago to celebrate the release of four new titles, present panels, sign books, and attend a meetup. From April 6 through 8, comics fans got a taste of the exciting new stories that our partnership has to offer.

Debuting at C2E2?

  • Achilles, Inc., by Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt, Daniel Maine, Francesca Zambon, and ET Dollman
  • The Family Graves by Tim Bach, Brian Atkins, et al
  • Grief by Frank Gogol and various artists
  • Wretched Things by Devon Wong and Ken Perry

Andy, Brian, Tim, Brian, Ken, Devon, and Frank all worked the booth, signing issues or trades of their stories. This provided them with a chance to meet Comics Experience members, former classmates, and students. Everyone who took part enthusiastically relayed how the convention crackled with energy!

In addition, Comics Experience and Source Point Press creators, staffers, and some friends whose names you might recognize participated in panels to both promote their new books as well as carry on the community’s spirit of education encouragement, including:

  • Get Published!, with Andy and Source Point Press’ Travis McIntire, announcing the details of the Comics Experience/Source Point partnership and what aspiring creators need to know.
  • Comics Creation: Writing for Comics, with Andy, Tom King, and Kyle Higgins dishing out advice on how to craft strong characters and stories.
  • Breaking Into Comics and Staying In!, with Andy, David Pepose, Justin Jordan, and Paul Allor

With such a successful launch and the resulting joy with which friends and fans embraced the new books, we’re all looking forward to the next venture and the next convention! Will we see you there?

(And if you’re a member of the Creators Workshop, you can read up on even more C2E2 awesomeness here and here.)

Thanks to Tim Bach for the photos!

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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


Creators Workshop Members Band Together in New Kickstarter, Out of the Blue!

Comics Experience alum Marta Tanrikulu joins Marcus Muller and Corey Fryia on editing duties for the latest From Out of the Blue anthology: Colossal Chaos, now on Kickstarter! Fans of giant monsters, giant robots, and the total havoc they wreak should check out this cavalcade of breakneck action from a wide range of exciting creative talent.

Marta’s duties include “looking at each submission that comes in, then evaluating the strengths of the story and how well it fits the theme.”

“The three editors each rate the stories, and if ratings vary significantly, discuss why. Then it’s a matter of selecting the strongest stories within the page count limitations,” she says about the process of compiling an anthology.

But Marta isn’t the only Comics Experience alumnus and current or former Creators Workshop member to take part in this city-stomping good time. Rob Anderson, Nick Valente, Marco Della Verde, Chas! Pangburn, Eduardo Camacho, Rich Foster, and Emily Elmer are all contributing.

Although the anthology did not come together within the Workshop, Marta does credit the networking lessons she learned on the forums with providing the experience needed to create a stunning anthology.

“I was encouraged to make these types of connections through being a member of the Workshop,” she says.

You can support From Out of the Blue: Colossal Chaos on Kickstarter 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 Meredith Nudo