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Indie Comics Magazine #7 features three Comics Experience alums and workshop members!

sm_icm7-web-resIndie Comics Magazine #7, the anthology series from Aazurn Publishing, will include a story written by Comics Experience alum Marta Tanrikulu, illustrated by CE alum Jorge Donis, and lettered by Creators Workshop member E.T. Dollman.

Indie Comics Magazine #7 is a 64-page black and white comic book featuring nine complete stories in this issue.

The first issue is now being solicited for pre-order on page 239 of the August 2013 issue of Diamond PREVIEWS and may be ordered via your local comic shop. (PREVIEWS Order Code: AUG130909)

Marta and Jorge’s story is titled “The Case of the Lost Offspring,” and is described as a courtroom drama involving long-lost relatives and mistaken identity. It’s a classic who-done-it with old money, an inheritance and a twist.

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With no huge overprint, no digital version and no back issue sales, Indie Comics Magazine #7 is available ONLY at your local and online comic book shops. If you’d like to get a copy, make sure to pre-order it, to ensure that your local comic shop carries the book!

Congrats to Marta, Jorge, and E.T.!

You can view a trailer of the issue right 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!


“Writing for the Big Two” course open for enrollment – No prerequisites!

andy-bioWould you like to write for one of the Big Two comic book companies some day? Or perhaps write one of the top licensed properties for one of the other major publishers? If you get the opportunity, will you be ready?

Comics Experience is offering a brand new course — Writing for the “Big Two” & Licensed Characters — starting August 12th. There are no required prerequisites for this course; all are welcome!

This is your chance to learn what it takes from former Marvel and IDW Editor Andy Schmidt, who worked on nearly every Marvel character, in events like Civil War and the Annihilation Saga, and then went on to handle the Transformers and GI Joe properties for IDW.

workshop-screenshot-narrowThis will be a 5-week course in which you’ll get a hands-on simulation of what it’s like to be working with a Big Two editor. You’ll learn the do’s and don’ts for being successful on your gig. The course will also shine a light on the reality of this kind of work environment.

In other words, it’s all the stuff Andy wished his newbie writers at Marvel & IDW already knew when they first came through the door!

This is a great opportunity to get a leg up on work-for-hire gigs.

Our courses are offered LIVE, streaming online, and you can attend from wherever you live. You’ll be able to see your instructor and his desktop, interact with your classmates, and discuss your classwork in real time. Recordings are available during the duration of the course if you miss one, and you’ll be able to communicate with your classmates all week long in a special, dedicated online forum for just you and your class.

We hope to see you there!

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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!


CE Alum Rob Anderson to write MLP: Spike Micro-Series for IDW — SDCC Announcement

mlp-spike-fAs announced last week during SDCC 2013, Rob Anderson will be writing the My Little Pony Micro-Series featuring Spike, the baby dragon! Each issue of the Micro-Series spotlights another character in the MLP universe.

Rob is a Comics Experience alum, Creators Workshop member, and the General Manager of Andy Schmidt’s Comics Experience.

The Spike Micro-Series issue will feature artwork by Agnes Garbowska.

TMNT Editor (and CE alum!) Bobby Curnow previewed part of a cover at IDW’s SDCC panel.

idw-bannerAccording to an article on the panel from Derpy Hooves News, Bobby described the issue as involving pets Spike “receives in the mail.”

The Spike issue will be solicited for pre-order by comic shops in the September Diamond Previews catalog and is expected in stores in November 2013.

Rob is also the writer of the upcoming four-issue miniseries Rex, Zombie Killer from publisher Big Dog Ink. Rex, ZK returns to comic shops in a new miniseries in October 2013, and features art by CE alum DaFu Yu, colors by Juan Romera, cover colors by CE Alum Kevin Volo, and lettering/design by CE Workshop member E.T. Dollman.

Congratulations to Rob on the MLP Micro-Series issue!

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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!


CE Alum Paul Allor to write TMNT: Shredder Micro-Series for IDW — SDCC Announcement

shred_micro_cov_zpsd5428d74As announced during SDCC 2013, Paul Allor will be writing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series featuring Shredder, the fan-favorite villain! Paul has previously written the TMNT: Fugitoid Micro-Series. Each issue of the Micro-Series spotlights another character in the TMNT universe.

Paul is a Comics Experience alum, Creators Workshop member, and on staff at Comics Experience as the CE Book Club Manager. Paul also offers pro script critiques on the Workshop as well as answering questions in a lively Q&A thread.

The Shredder Micro-Series issue will feature artwork by Dan Duncan. TMNT Editor (and CE alum!) Bobby Curnow released Dan’s line-art for the retailer incentive cover at the SDCC TMNT panel. According to an article on the panel from Comic Vine, Bobby described the issue as “a spiritual journey inside Shredder’s mind, and an issue which will offer trippy visuals.”

The Shredder issue will be solicited for pre-order by comic shops in the September Diamond Previews catalog and is expected in stores in November 2013.

idw-bannerPaul Allor is also the author of the Clockwork anthology, which featured artwork by Comics Experience art alums and workshop members Ken Frederick and Carl Peterson, alongside well-known artists including JM Ken Niimura (I Kill Giants), Brett Weldele (Surrogates) and Nikki Cook (Memoir). He is also the writer of the critically-acclaimed Orc Girl, published by Challenger Comics.

In addition, Paul works as a comics editor on upcoming or released projects such as Image Comics’ Sheltered, Big Dog Ink’s Rex, Zombie Killer, and other creator-owned titles.

Congratulations to Paul on another exciting opportunity with IDW!

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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!


Comics Experience Panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

sdcc2011If you’re at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, starting TODAY, don’t miss the Comics Experience panels focused on breaking (and staying) “in,” surviving collaboration, comic art fundamentals and more!

Comics Experience founder, Andy Schmidt will be moderating all five panels, featuring special guests such as writer Joshua Fialkov (Echoes, Ultimates), artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), writer Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor, Hellraiser), IDW editor and writer Bobby Curnow (Night of 1,000 Wolves) and others.

Check out the schedule and full description of each panel below.

Breaking into Comics and Staying In
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 30CDE
So you want to make comics? This program is your first step toward actually doing it! Top comic book creators Brandon Siefert (Witch Doctor, Hellraiser) and Bobby Curnow (IDW editor, Writer, Night of 1,000 Wolves) discuss the ins and outs of the comic industry-specifically, what it takes to break into comics and how it’s done! This is the panel that no writer or artist dare miss. Bonus: In addition to breaking in, learn how to stay in the comics business! Moderated by Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt (former Marvel and IDW editor, writer).

Surviving Collaboration
Friday, July 19, 2013, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 30CDE
Comics are a collaborative medium. Do you know how to bring out the best from your collaborators? Join former Marvel and IDW editor/writer and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt, artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), writer Josh Fialkov (The Ultimates, Echoes), and writer Brandon Siefert (Witch Doctor, Hellraiser) as they discuss collaborative best practices, tips for writers and artists, and strategies for handling editor feedback. Become the kind of creator everyone wants to work with!

Living Together: Business and Creative Goals Can Align
Friday, July 19, 2013, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 30CDE
Learn how a good business plan can lead to great creative results and how great creative can inform an even greater business plan. The minds behind Brand + Entertainment Solutions believe that the two go hand in hand–or more to the point–should go hand in hand but often do not. Developing keys to successful business and creative execution are the focus of this panel. Featuring B+E Solutions’s and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (CEO, B+E Solutions), Jon Bresman (Star Wars/MAD magazine veteran), Steve Drucker (VP of IP development, Hasbro), and Josh Fialkov (award-nominated screenwriter, graphic novelist, and video game writer).

Comic Book Art Fundamentals
Saturday, July 20, 2103, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Room: 30CDE
Take this crash course into how to create powerful, readable comic book art. The fundamentals for what makes comic book art different from illustration, painting, and storyboarding and how to get started are covered by the experts from Comics Experience. Featuring Andy Schmidt (former Marvel and IDW editor, Comics Experience founder) and artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns).

Dissecting Brands: How do you know what Makes Batman Batman
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Room: 30CDE
Have you ever seen a movie or read a book and thought, that didn’t feel like the character or franchise? There’s a reason for that. Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (CEO, B+E Solutions), Jon Bresman (Star Wars/MAD magazine veteran), Steve Drucker (VP of IP development, Hasbro), Josh Fialkov (award-nominated graphic novelist), and Marc Guggenheim (executive producer/writer, Arrow) offer an in-depth journey on how to dissect characters and franchises-figuring out what makes them tick, what makes them work, and what’s vital to that brand or franchise.

We hope to see you there!

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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!


Comics legend Klaus Janson teaches one-day Master Seminar — Enrollment open!

janson-bioOn Saturday, August 24, 2013, the legendary Klaus Janson will teach a one-day, live-streaming online Master Seminar: Comic Book Boot Camp. This is your opportunity to have one of the most heralded creators of the last 30 years impart his considerable knowledge on making great comics to you.

Plus, as a special bonus, students who send in up to three pages of sequential art before the Seminar deadline will receive a written critique of their work from Klaus following the Seminar!

“Klaus is the guy companies hire to come in and teach their young creators and editorial staff about storytelling,” said Andy Schmidt, founder of Comics Experience.

“When I was at Marvel, I was lucky enough to attend classes taught by Klaus two or three times. As an editor, it was such a crash-course in storytelling, but it also made me a much better comics writer. I saved every note I made, and my hand never stopped writing.

“There is one word for this: INVALUABLE,” Andy said. “I’ve been trying to get Klaus to do this or something like it since 2007. He’s agreed to do it ONLY ONCE.”

This course is recommended for artists, writers, and comics enthusiasts alike. Topics covered range from writing for visual storytelling, pacing, layouts, moment-to-moment transitions, storytelling and dramatic power, decision-making, draftsmanship, clarity of communication, and more.

Klaus believes that communication is the most powerful tool human beings possess. The ability to communicate can come in many forms, but at its root, communication is called storytelling.

Janson’s years of professional experience both as a comic creator and as a comics teacher have made him the most sought after instructor of comics in the world.

His body of work is seen in seminal works from both DC Comics and Marvel Comics as well as his own personal works. His teaching experience goes back 20 years with New York’s School of Visual Arts.

Pun1When DC Comics decided to publish a book on penciling and inking comics, Janson was who they had to get–the result is Janson’s books The DC Comics Guide to Penciling Comics and The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics.

Klaus’s artistic and storytelling journey has led to some of the most creatively and artistically successful comics in mainstream America as well as ground-breaking runs on popular characters like Batman, Daredevil, The Punisher and the Avengers. In 1986, Klaus and Frank Miller changed the course of the comics industry with their powerful work on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

Along with Janson, Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt will co-host the day’s event, and the day will end with a Q&A from the audience, so come prepared!

The course will be held from 10:00am until approximately 4:00pm Eastern Time, with a one-hour break for lunch. This is a one-time only opportunity to learn from a modern master of the comic art form!

All are welcome for this live, online streaming session, and there are no pre-requisite courses.

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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!