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Last Call for 2 Upcoming Courses!

It’s your last chance to sign up for two of our exciting upcoming classes! Don’t miss out on your chance to build your comics creating skills with us. Sign up ASAP to make sure you secure a spot, because we can’t guarantee one will be available when you go to register!

Introduction to Comic Book Coloring – Starts March 26
Instructor Chris Sotomayor bio

Introduction to Perspective and Environments – Starts March 28
Instructor Phillip Sevy bio

If you are interested in Paul Allor‘s Scripting Your Miniseries or OGN course, it has sold out! We do have some slots open in his Creating Great Characters class beginning in June.

Check out our full list of course offerings 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 #148 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 #148 – Screen Experience
Screen Experience, including new classes and podcasts, is here! Writing for animation, writing for illustrated books, screenwriting… find out more at screenexperience.com.

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!


COMICS EXPERIENCE ANNOUNCES SCREEN EXPERIENCE COURSES

New program starting in May 2018 teaches skills for screenwriting, animation

After having established itself as the place where aspiring comic book creators learn from industry professionals, Comics Experience is very excited to announce its new venture: Screen Experience. Launching in May 2018, Screen Experience will offer online educational courses designed for aspiring writers and artists who want to hone their skills for the film, television, and animation industries. A companion podcast, Pages to Pictures, debuted on March 18.

Comics Experience has engaged talented professionals in the film and animation industries to teach the Screen Experience courses. On offer are both introduction and advanced classes, ensuring that students can benefit no matter their level of experience. Screen Experience’s classes will be held live online by video, with ample opportunities for students to individually interact in real-time with their instructors and classmates, as well as to receive feedback for their work.

The first Screen Experience course is a day-long online Master Seminar with Georgia Lee. Lee, who writes for Syfy’s The Expanse, will instruct students on writing, collaborating, and managing a writing staff.

The instructor for Screen Experience’s screenwriting courses is James Janowsky, who taught screenwriting and film business at New York’s School of Visual Arts for six years.

Patrick Rieger will lead a course on writing for animation. His writing credits include shows on Cartoon Network, Disney Jr., Amazon, and Netflix.

Owen Welsh will teach courses on animation and character design for Screen Experience. Welsh has worked in the video game industry for 13 years and studied under master animator Don Bluth.

Andy Schmidt, the founder of Comics Experience, sees the Screen Experience courses as a natural extension of the comic book writing and art courses that Comics Experience has offered since 2007.

“With all the overlap between storytellers, I always knew this day would come. I knew that the creators I knew and the students and clients we’ve had would eventually force us to create courses for the silver screen and television,” said Schmidt. “This has been a long time coming and I’m confident that the instructors we’ve got lined up are more than up to the task!”

Screen Experience offers a full range of courses – screenwriting, animation, character design, and storyboarding. Prospective students can sign up at the www.screenexperience.com. There are bundling discounts for students signing up for more than one related courses. The complete listings are below.

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Master Seminar with Georgia Lee: Writing for Television
5/18/18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Screen and television writer Georgia Lee (The Expanse, Red Doors) will lead an in-depth look at the craft, business, and real-life dynamics of writing for the small screen. In this full-day seminar, Georgia will share her experience writing for three seasons of Syfy’s The Expanse. The seminar covers the nuts and bolts of writing for television – from breaking down a story, to outlining an episode, to writing first drafts, to room etiquette, to how to develop a staff, and much more. Georgia will share her actual documents within the seminar so you can see the “working files” from a real television show as she demystifies the writers’ room experience.

Screenwriting 101: Introduction to Screenwriting
Instructor: James Janowsky
Start: 6/21/18, Thursday nights 8:30 – 10:30 PM ET (6 weeks)
Price: $595
Bundle with Screenwriting 201 – Price: $1,190
Developed by James Janowsky, this six-week intensive introductory screenwriting class not only teaches you all the necessary fundamentals on how to effectively write a screenplay, but you will also gain a greater understanding for creating and writing compelling characters and engaging stories in different genres.

Screenwriting 201: Advanced Screenwriting
Instructor: James Janowsky
Start: 2/4/19, Monday nights 8:30 – 10:30 PM ET (7 weeks)
Price: $795
Bundle with Screenwriting 101 – Price: $1,190
Developed by James Janowsky, this seven-week intensive advanced screenwriting class will not only reinforce the necessary fundamentals that you learned in the introductory class, but now you will learn how to effectively write using the elements of cinema to help create a professional feature length screenplay.

Screenwriting 103: Writing for Animation
Instructor: Patrick Rieger
Start: 9/20/18, Thursday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks)
Price: $595
Learn to write for animation from screenwriter Patrick Rieger. This six-week course covers everything you need to know to write your own screenplay. We’ll cover format, how to establish character, structure your plot, create tone, and even look at ways to build theme. And you’ll get feedback along the way from Patrick himself! Plus, Patrick will share his industry insights and provide tips on how to break in as a professional screenwriter in the world of animation. You will take your concepts from basic idea to formal screenplay. By the end of the course, you’ll have your own 7-15 page screenplay that could be used for a professionally animated project.

Art of Animation 101: Introduction to Character Design
Instructor: Owen Welsh
Start: 6/4/18,, Monday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks – skip week for July 4)
Price: $595
Developed by Andy Schmidt and Owen Welsh (Sims 2, Sims 3, MySims 2, MySims 3, Hellgate London, and many more), this six-week intensive class for character designers teaches you all the necessary tools and tricks for not only creating character model sheets but also how to build a maquette.

Art of Animation 102: Introduction to Animating
Instructor: Owen Welsh
Start: 8/13/18, Monday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks)
Price: $595
Bundle Art of Animation 101: Intro to Character Design, Art of Animation 102: Intro to Animating, and Art of Animation 203: Intro to Storyboarding – Price: $1,685
Developed by Andy Schmidt and Owen Welsh (Sims 2, Sims 3, MySims 2, MySims 3, Hellgate London), this six-week intensive class for animators teaches you all the necessary tools and tricks for not only animating traditionally on paper but how to approach the art form by creating a plan for your animation.

Art of Animation 203: Introduction to Storyboarding
Instructor: Owen Welsh
Start: 4/11/19, Thursday nights 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET (6 weeks)
Price: $595
Bundle with Art of Animation 101: Intro to Animating, Art of Animation 102: Intro to Character Design and Art of Animation 203: Intro to Storyboarding – Price: $1,685
In this seven-week course, we will discover the art and technique of storyboarding. Storyboards are the visual blueprints that create the foundation for film. We will discuss where ideas come from and how to access creativity for visual storytelling. Developed by Andy Schmidt and Owen Welsh (Sims 2, Sims 3, MySims 2, MySims 3, Hellgate London, and many more), this seven-week, intensive class for storyboarding teaches you all the necessary tools and tricks to interpret words into powerful pictures.

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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!


Comic Book Script Archive Adds New Scripts From Tim Bach, Frank Gogol, Andy Schmidt, & Devon Wong!

Four new scripts are now available from the Comic Book Script Archive, presented by Comics Experience! Each one represents an upcoming release in our publishing partnership with Source Point Press.

All four titles will be available in print beginning at C2E2 on April 6-8, 2018. All were conceived and developed by creators from within the Comics Experience community.

Congrats to our creators. Check out their scripts on the archive, and check out the published books beginning April 6!

 

The Family Graves #1
Script by Tim Bach
Created by Tim Bach, Brian Atkins, and Marco DellaVerde

The Family Graves combines science-fiction adventure and family drama with a love of classic monster movies to create a fun supernatural action tale.

 

Grief
Script by Frank Gogol
Created by Frank Gogol, Nenad Cviticanin, Kim Holm, Ryan Foust, Bethany Varni, Jey Soliva, Luca Bulgheroni, Esther P. Gil-Munilla, Emily Elmer, Sean Rinehart, and Dani Martins

Grief follows ten very different people as they each struggle with the pain of loss and their own personal demons.

 

Achilles Inc. #1
Script by Andy Schmidt
Created by Andy Schmidt, Daniel Maine, Francesca Zambon, and ET Dollman

In a flash of light, the world changed, and a sliver of the world’s population gained extraordinary abilities. But what if these individuals decided not to put on brightly colored tights, and instead decided to use their gifts for their own benefits?

 

Wretched Things #1
Script by Devon Wong
Created by Devon Wong, Ken Perry, and John Hunt

A rich fantasy in the tradition of The Secret of NIMH tells the stories of great heroes who live in the margins of our world.

 

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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 at C2E2 2018!

This year’s C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) will be a special one for us: the event, April 6-8, marks the launch of our four brand-new titles published in partnership with Source Point Press!

To mark the occasion, Comics Experience creators will be present at Source Point’s booth throughout the weekend. We’ll be selling copies of Achilles, Inc.The Family GravesGrief, and Wretched Things; participating in signings, and answering questions about all that Comics Experience has to offer.

In addition to our presence at the Source Point booth, we’ll be participating in several panels, listed below. Mark your calendars and join us for some fun, informative discussions!

Our panels include:

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GET PUBLISHED!

Comics Experience teams with Source Point Press to Create a Publishing Platform Designed for New Creators—Learn How You Can Be a Part of It!

Date: 4/6

Time: 4:15 – 5:15

Location: Room 405b

Introducing the new way to break into comics! Join Comics Experience President Andy Schmidt (Avengers, C.O.W.L., G.I. Joe) and Source Point Press Publisher Travis McIntire to learn what’s coming from the publishing alliance and to learn how YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT! Comics Experience is proud to help bring its students and alumni’s work to life with Source Point Press—and your book could be next! Learn how! This is the only publisher focused on creator-owned comics by new talent!

Panelists: Andy Schmidt, Travis McIntire

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Comics Creation: Writing for Comics

Date: 4/7

Time: 1:30 – 2:30

Location: Room S503

Join top comic writers Tom King (Batman, The Vision), Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, C.O.W.L.), and Comics Experience founder and educator Andy Schmidt (Upcoming: The Comics Experience Guide to Writing Comics) for a discussion and instructive tips on the art of writing for comics—from breaking story to powerful panel descriptions. If you want to write comics—this is the place to start.

Panelists: Andy Schmidt, Tom King, Kyle Higgins

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Breaking Into Comics and Staying In!

Date: 4/8

Time: 12:00 – 1:00

Location: Room S503

With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your INVALUABLE guide to breaking into the comics industry. Join Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt breaks down the defining elements along with practical advice that will set your sights on your comics career!

Panelists: Andy Schmidt, David Pepose, Justin Jordan, Paul Allor

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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


Comics Experience Founder Andy Schmidt’s Achilles, Inc. is Coming to Source Point Press!

Andy Schmidt, founder and CEO of Comics Experience, will be returning to the writing desk with Achilles, Inc., as part of the soon-to-be-launched publication deal with Source Point Press! He is joined by Daniel Maine on pencils, Francesca Zambon on colors, and Comics Experience Design and Production Manager Marco Della Verde on letters.

The story takes place in a time when a segment of humanity spontaneously develops superpowers… but they don’t do any of the familiar crimefighting we’re used to seeing in the genre. Instead, they decide to use their newfound abilities to exploit humanity until the economy winds up in shambles. An ex-cop teams up with those left behind to find their oppressors’ weaknesses and take them down.

To celebrate the release and the Source Point Press partnership, we’re showing you the artwork from the first five pages of Achilles, Inc.!

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
You can pick up Achilles, Inc. and the other Source Point Press/Comics Experience beginning with the launch at C2E2 April 6-8!

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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