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Rich Bloom’s Logo Design Course Now Open for Enrollment!

Source Point Press graphic designer Rich Bloom is offering an exciting class for comics creators who need to know the production and marketing sides of the industry. Introduction to Logo and Marketing Materials Design begins September 13 and runs every Thursday for five weeks until October 25, with a break the week of October 4.

We keep our class sizes small so you receive the most personalized instruction possible. Make sure to sign up here as soon as you are able if you want to guarantee your spot.

The course will teach you the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and what design elements factor into an eye-catching logo that will make your comic stand out on the shelf. In addition, Rich will also go over what you need to craft the marketing materials you need to get the word out about your book, as well as how the logo should work on media as diverse as postcards, stickers, social media headers, business cards, and more.

Right now, we’re offering a SPECIAL BONUS OFFER for our enrollees. If you sign up for both Introduction to Logo Design and Marketing Materials and the upcoming Advanced Logo and Book Design course, also taught by Rich, you will receive a special discount! Get $100 off the combined class and receive both courses for $990, but only if you enroll in both at the same time.

To sign up for Introduction to Logo Design and Marketing Materials, click here.

Click here to enroll in Advanced Logo and Book Design if you wish to add it to your package.

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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!


Find Andy and Source Point at SDCC!

Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt and our friends and partners at Source Point Press will be attending San Diego Comic-Con next weekend, at booth #2306! Creators Workshop member and Comics Experience alumnus and writer Frank Gogol will be on hand to sign copies of Grief, along with other Source Point creators like Kasey Pierce and Joshua Werner.

In addition, you will be able to catch Andy at the following panels:

Thursday, July 19

  • Art of Collaboration: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Collaborators, along with Kyle Higgins, Comics Experience alumnus Amy Chu, our own instructor Phillip Sevy, and Reilly Brown and Fred Van Lente, both of whom you can find around the Creator’s Workshop. Discuss the intricacies—and intimacies of creative collaboration for comic books. It’s a little known fact that most comics that don’t happen breakdown because of problems amongst the collaborators. Learn how to avoid these common pitfalls and build lasting, collaborative relationships! 4-5 p.m., Room 11

Friday, July 20

  • Comics Experience’s Guide to Writing Comics and Graphic Novels, along with Fred Van Lente. Drill down on the craft of writing comics, breaking it down into actionable steps to get your ideas out of your brain and onto the scripted page! If you’ve ever wanted to write comics, this is your first step! 3-4 p.m., Room 11

Saturday, July 21

  • Writing for Comics: Crafting Perfect Panel Descriptions, along with Phillip Sevy, Reilly Brown, and Mike Costa. This panel will take you through the complicated and artful process of creating powerful panel descriptions that artists will love to draw from and get you what you want—EVERY TIME! No comics writer can be successful with out learning how to properly and dynamically communicate with his or her artist! 2-3 p.m., Room 11
  • Breaking Into Comics – Creating Your Own Career, along with Phillip Sevy and Fred Van Lente. A no-holds-barred look at what it takes to break into comics as a writer or an artist as well as an honest picture of the current comics industry landscape. This is your chance to hear it straight from those in the trenches. Andy and Phillip are ready to help and committed to giving you honest answers and real strategies! Hosted by Comics Experience. 3:30-5 p.m., Room 2

We look forward to seeing you there!


Episode #155 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 #155 – There Is No Right Contract with Jim Gibbons
Jim Gibbons talks about contracts, and thinking about contracts for your comics career in the present and future. All related to your comics goals, along with some basketball metaphors thrown in.

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


Phillip Sevy’s Introduction to Comic Art Begins in September!

Phillip Sevy‘s latest Introduction to Comic Book Art course starts back up on September 5 and runs for six weeks until October 10.

Learn all about the ins and outs of how to draw great comics from the artist of Tomb Raider, The House, and Magdalena. The curriculum includes covers, storytelling, professionalism and the comics business, and avoiding some of the most common mistakes artists make.

By the end of the course, you should have five pages of sequential art for your portfolio! We keep class sizes small so you’re able to receive the most personalized critique possible. Make sure to sign up as soon as you’re able to secure your spot!

If you want to take future comic book art courses with Phillip or one of our other instructors, this is a prerequisite for the advanced classes we’ll offer later this year and on into next.

You can sign up for Introduction to Comic Book Art 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!


Introduction to Digital Painting with Scott Johnson Starts July 12!

Scott Johnson Rifts Digital Painting

A new session of our popular Digital Art 101: Introduction to Digital Painting with Scott Johnson begins Thursday, July 12! Our classes tend to fill up relatively quickly, so make sure to sign up here to ensure your spot!

The class will run for six weeks and cover the basics of art and technique, Photoshop, and more. Scott will provide personalized advice based on your homework assignments, as well as weekly demos on the topics, tips, and tricks of the week.

“There’s an old saying: ‘Drawing is painting and painting is drawing.’ This class is really about rendering objects. It’s about learning to make things look three-dimensional through the use of dynamic light and shadow. All comic book artists – whether their focus is penciling, inking, or coloring – need to understand basic rendering if they want to be good at their job,” Scott says.

“For instance, sometimes the penciler/inker does much of the rendering by establishing shadows and spotting blacks. Other penciler/inkers work in a more open line style, leaving the extra work of rendering to the colorist. Each person on the art team needs to have these essential comic book art skills.”

Participants will also learn about some of the most common mistakes comic book and cover artists make when digital painting, to help them make their portfolio stand out.

“Inconsistent lighting, conflicting light sources, a lack of understanding core shadows and secondary lighting, etc. If the penciler/inker has no rhyme or reason to his shadow placement, how the heck is the colorist supposed to render the scene?” says Scott.

“Or if the inker does a good job at indicating these things, but the colorist doesn’t follow the lead, the final art can look like a mess.”

Scott also produced an informative video on what you can expect from his course!

You can sign up for Introduction to Digital Painting 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!


Creators Workshop Member Ken Porter Announces The Fearless Rider with Scholastic!

Comics Experience Creators Workshop member Ken Porter announced that his and Zach Wilcox’s original graphic novel The Fearless Rider will be published by Scholastic’s Graphix imprint! The middle grade GN tells the story of thirteen-year-old Kara, who run away from home with her ferret on the first day of school. The Fearless Rider joins other middle grade graphic novels, like those by Raina Telgemeier, in the Scholastic Graphix catalogue, which has taken the graphic novel market by storm, most notably in its success in school libraries and Scholastic Book Fairs.

In Fearless Rider, Kara takes off on her bike to find her best friend Alice, with whom she’s lost contact after Alice moved away. Along the way, Kara meets people who help her come to terms with her loneliness.

It’s a coming of age story about friendship and how people grow apart, which isn’t always a bad thing,” Ken said.

Ken has long been active in the Comics Experience community, having taken the Introduction to Writing Comics, Scripting Your Mini-Series or OGN, Comic Book Editing and Project Management, and Lettering and Production courses.

Check out some preview pages of The Fearless Rider below!

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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 Jennifer de Guzman