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Art of Animation: Introduction to Animating Now Open for Enrollment!

Owen Welsh, who recently began teaching our Introduction to Character Design course, will be teaching Art of Animation: Introduction to Animating beginning August 13. Enrollment just opened! Comics Experiences classes tend to fill up pretty quickly, so ensure your spot by signing up here.

Held over the course of six consecutive Mondays starting on August 13, the intensive covers the basics of what skills you need to build to work in animation. Whether you want to do commercials, film and television, video games, or other outlet, you’re going to need to know how to plan a project and what tools can help you see your visions through to the end. Art of Animation will involve pencil tests, including jumps, walks, and ball bounces, which Owen will critique to help you move your work forward!

You can sign up for the Art of Animation class here.


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!

Episode #154 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 #154 – Licensed Properties with Heather Antos
Heather Antos (Star Wars, Deadpool, Gwenpool) talks licensed properties, including storytelling with scheduling, working with an license holder and more.

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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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Comics Experience Books in Diamond Previews!

Comics Experience’s publications are now appearing in Diamond Previews! Now, in addition to buying our books at conventions, ordering online, or buying in digital format, you have the option to purchase directly from your favorite comics retailer. All titles are part of our publishing partnership with Source Point Press.

In stores August 2018:

First up is Griefappearing in the June 2018 Diamond Previews catalog for an August 29 in-store date. This anthology explores experiences of grief and loss, with stories written by CE alum and Creators Workshop member Frank Gogol, and art by a various artists. Pre-order it from your retailer using Diamond Code JUN181984.


In stores September 2018:

The Family Graves and Wretched Things will both launch #1 issues in September, and will be available for store pre-order starting in July. Both are four-issue limited series helmed by Comics Experience community members.

The Family Graves is a story about a mismatched family of monsters tasked with protecting humanity from a power-hungry vampire. The creative team features CE alum Tim Bach on scripts, Creators Workshop Pro Member Brian Atkins on art, Dijjo Lima on color, and CE alum Marco Della Verde on lettering.

Wretched Things explores a world where spiders, mice, and other creatures struggle through complex relationships and the conflicts that ensue. The series features writing by alum Devon Wong, art by alum Ken Perry, and colors and lettering by John Hunt.

In stores 2019:

Achilles, Inc., penned by Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt, is set for an early 2019 release. This limited series introduces a world with plenty of super powers… but NO superheroes. Artist Daniel Maine, colorist Francesca Zambon, and letterer Marco Della Verde round out the creative team. Look for pre-order info in the months ahead!

We look forward to offering all four titles through Diamond at comic shops everywhere! In the meantime, you can also find them at Source Point Press’ convention tables at cons throughout the U.S., on comiXology, and at the Source Point online store.

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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Pete Rogers’ SEVEN SHADES Now Available!

Deadstar Publishing is now accepting orders for Comics Experience alum and Workshop member Pete Rogers and artist David Clifford’s 7 Shades #1 and #2! Issues #3 and #4 will be available later in the year at the Independent Comics Expo in Birmingham this September.

Originally launched at the Cardiff Independent Comic Expo, the series merges supernatural thrills and chills with a western setting. It’s a story that’s been long gestating with the creative team, who live near one another and met on the UK convention circuit and the small press comics crowd in South Wales. Appropriately, they often meet at a nearby pub to build the story out, and work “Marvel-style” with Pete providing David with a rough outline of what he wants, then writing the final dialogue to the painting.

“The idea for the series actually came from Dave… the artist on the book. He mentioned a crazy supernatural western series concept to me in the bar at a comic convention about five years ago and asked if I’d be interested in collaborating on it with him,” Pete says.

“It took a few years after that until we were both available to work on it. Dave has enough ideas for this book to run for about fifty years! So my role on the project has been to pull together Dave’s relatively disparate and often abstract, but very clever thoughts into something cohesive for the reader.”

7 Shades follows protagonist Sammael Jehosephat Hicks’ attempts to separate himself from his six brothers, all criminals, and mixing up with madame Adixillo Sephera. The plot twists and turns to tie in all the madness to be found in the dusty old town of Seven Shades.

Pete says, “Samm has been an interesting character to write, as on the surface he’s quite two dimensional and the series definitely has its tongue firmly in its cheek. Much of my work on the book has been finding the hidden depths and finding ways to build empathetic characters in a world where anything goes.”

As a Workshop member and alumnus of Comics Experience courses, Pete drew from the lessons he learned and the relationships he forged to get inspiration for the 7 Shades story.

“I think my time with Comics Experience helped make me approach the project in the most realistic way possible and meant my inner voice was telling me the right things! Helping Dave to break the book into manageable arcs (not one long sprawling epic with no definite end), then constantly thinking about how easy it was for the reader to follow the story, did the multitude of characters get enough time on the page, did we need to make anything clearer, could we foreshadow things etc.,” he continues.

“It also gave me the discipline to stick with the plot first and not full script approach, as I don’t think that working in that way would have been right for this artist lead, painted project. I’m really proud of how the book has shaped up and the third issue in particular feels like Dave and I really found our stride working together.”

You can purchase issues #1 and #2 of 7 Shades here.

New Live Workshops Announced for June through September 2018!

ComicsExperience_logoOur next Live Workshop session topics have been announced!

Our Live Workshop sessions are online, monthly events for Creators Workshop members. We focus on unique topics geared toward helping comic creators achieve their personal best.

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

June 26 at 9:00 pm ET
Book Club: The Vision (2016), Complete Series
PAUL ALLOR: Once again, we’re turning the floor over to Creators Workshop members to discuss, dissect and analyze (bet you thought it was going to be a third ‘d’ adjective, didn’t you?) Tom King’s and Gabriel Walta’s acclaimed run on THE VISION. For information on how to participate, go here! (Login required.)

July 17 at 9:00 pm ET
Comic Creator Workshop: 5 Keys to Integrating Characters Into Your Scenes
ANDY SCHMIDT: Sometimes we look at a comic, and the art just looks…. off. Often, it’s not the figure work, but rather how the figures are (or are NOT) integrated into the environment or the scene itself. One of the biggest ways to complete the illusion that this is all real is by seamless integration of our characters into the world they inhabit, regardless of art style. In this live workshop, Andy will go over five keys to making sure your characters don’t just appear in a scene, but live in your world.

July 31 at 9:00 pm ET
Craft Presentation: 6/9/16 Panel Grids
PAUL ALLOR: In our next Craft Presentation session, we are once again turning the workshop over to Workshop members, to discuss panel grids! Some of our medium’s greatest stories have been told using a strict grid — but how can we best take advantage of this approach? Hosted by PAUL ALLOR, volunteers from our community will be sharing their thoughts and provide concrete examples.

August 7 at 9:00 pm ET
Comic Creator Workshop: Controlling Time with Panels
ANDY SCHMIDT: If I could control time, that would be awesome. And in comics, I can! Well, sort of. I can at least manipulate your perception of time in a number of ways. One of them is by using panel layout or arrangement. In this tutorial, we’ll cover how layouts can affect the reader’s perception of time, and why you might want to do that…. from time to time (groan…)

September 11 at 9:00 pm ET
Comic Creator Workshop: Dynamics! Pushing Your Art/Artist to Blow the Reader’s Mind!
ANDY SCHMIDT: I’m working with a wonderful storyteller and everything is super clear and happening just how the script intended. So why isn’t it jumping off the page as the best comic ever to me? Maybe this has happened to you, and maybe it hasn’t. I’ve seen various versions of this complaint, but what it comes down to is that there’s more to comics than just storytelling. Dynamics are some the tools that you can use to turn the volume of your pages up to 11, as they say. And in this one-hour workshop, we’re going to go over just a few techniques to use to make sure your art/artist’s art pops off the page.
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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New Pages 2 Pictures Podcast: Solo

A new episode of the Screen Experience Pages 2 Pictures podcast has been posted!

Each episode features a lively discussion of a film adapted from comics or other media. We’ll talk about the source material, along with the film in question.

Episode: Solo
In this episode, James, Skid, and Andy review the effects of delving into established continuity in the film SOLO. They tackle the following questions: This film plays with structure more than any previous STAR WARS film, how does that play against our expectations?

Join co-hosts James Janowsky, Skid Maher, and Andy Schmidt as they discuss the page-to-screen process. Presented by Comics Experience and Screen Experience.

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