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Episode #70 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 #70, “Digital Art Portfolio”
Andy and Joey discuss the different ways to showcase an art portfolio online including Tumblr, DeviantArt, personal sites, and e-mail; and best practices for sharing art online.

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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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CE Community Member Glenn Møane Launches “Torsobear” Kickstarter!

Comics Experience community member Glenn Møane has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Torsobear: Yarns from Toyburg! Glenn is a co-editor and contributor for this anthology project, which got its start in an ongoing publication that he established.

Glenn is one of two editor/founders of Outré, a free online comic anthology. Glenn and co-founder Magnus Aspli established Outré to cultivate short stories of quality and meaning, with each issue emphasizing a specific theme. (Past themes have included responsibility, hopelessness, and xenophobia).

The first Torsobear story appeared in Outré #2 and received such a positive response that the story’s creator, Brett Uren, decided to create an anthology around it. Glenn Møane is co-editing the forthcoming Torsobear anthology along with Brett.

Torsobear_largeTorsobear: Yarns from Toyburg consists of “stories from the sunny world of Toyburg, a place where toys like teddy bears, action figures and Barbie dolls live. But there are dark things to be found beneath the surface, and the book’s main story follows detective Ruxby Bear as he tries to solve a series of gruesome homicides committed against bears.”

In addition to co-editing the project, Glenn is also one of the creators whose stories will appear in Torsobear: Yarns from Toyburg. His 8-page piece is about a stretch doll’s meeting with a mystic, otherworldly entity.

Incentives for the Torsobear Kickstarter include posters, t-shirts, sketches and more! For more information or to contribute, visit the Kickstarter campaign page here.

For more on our Creators Workshop, where Glenn and other members can engage in discussions and feedback on their projects, visit our page here.

Congrats to Glenn and the rest of the Torsobear creative team on the launch of their campaign!

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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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New Course: Introduction to Writing for Television!

Television is home to some of the most exciting and groundbreaking storytelling happening today. And now, you have the opportunity to learn television writing from someone currently working in the industry!

about_kyleIn Introduction to Writing for Television, instructor Kyle Pennington (Lost, Star Wars: Clone Wars) will offer instruction on the technical and creative aspects of TV writing. You’ll learn about subjects like format, structure, and character, while helping you develop your ideas to their full creative potential.

But we won’t just cover the writing process – Kyle will also share his professional insights about the television industry, and reveal tips on breaking in. By the end of the 7 weeks, you will have taken an initial idea and developed it into a 7- to 15- page scene or act!

Kyle Pennington began his career as a Post Production Assistant, Writers Production Assistant and Writers Assistant on Lost, and worked his way to a promotion to Staff Writer. Over the years, Kyle has honed his craft by working with some of the best writers in the television industry!

Writers of all levels and formats are welcome, and there are no prerequisite courses. We’ll meet online every week in an interactive classroom, where you’ll be able to ask questions, receive feedback, and conduct discussions directly with Kyle and your classmates!

If you need to miss any class sessions, you’ll have access to recordings for later viewing. And as with all Comics Experience courses, we’ll offer an interactive online forum for posting works in progress and conducting other ongoing discussions throughout the week!

We’ll be announcing course dates soon — continue to watch this space for updates!

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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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Andy Schmidt Offering In-Person Workshop Sessions at Amazing Con!

CE founder and President Andy Schmidt will be appearing at Amazing! Las Vegas Comic Convention from June 20-22, 2014 – offering workshops derived from some of our most popular courses, in a rare in-person format!

comicsexperience-logoPlanning to attend Amazing Con? Enrollment is now open for Andy’s three programming sessions!

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BREAKING INTO COMICS
Friday, June 20 will feature a FREE program on Breaking Into Comics, where Andy will present an in-depth look at what it takes to begin a career in the comics industry. But it doesn’t stop there – the discussion will also emphasize the importance of staying in, with tips that will help you grow your body of work and keep your career thriving. This workshop will be full of valuable tips for anyone interested in building or maintaining a life in professional comic-making – and, once again, it’s absolutely FREE to all Amazing Con attendees! 6/20/2014 at 5:00 PM

WRITING COMICS
Saturday, June 21, Andy will lead a ticketed event on Writing Comics. This 2-hour workshop will provide a condensed version of Andy’s Introduction to Comic Book Writing course. The session will cover how to block out a story and take your idea from seed concept to fully realized script! 6/21/14 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

COMIC ART & GRAPHIC STORYTELLING
Sunday, June 22 will feature a ticketed Comic Art & Graphic Storytelling session! Successful comic art isn’t just about drawing well – it’s about knowing how to use images to tell a story. In this workshop, Andy will lead attendees in the fundamentals of comic storytelling. Avoid common mistakes and get a jump start on drawing great comics! 6/22/14 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

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Attend one, two, or all three events! The Friday session is free to convention-goers, and tickets for the Saturday and Sunday classes can be purchased individually or as a discounted bundle package.

This is a rare opportunity to gain the benefits of a Comics Experience class in a live, in-person setting! We hope you’ll be able to join us.

Visit the Amazing Con blog for more info, or visit their programming page to enroll.

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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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Episode #69 of the Comics Experience “MAKE COMICS” Podcast posted!

MakeComicsPodcastA 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 #69: “Convention Creepiness”
Andy and Joey talk about interacting with and getting to know professionals in a convention setting.

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
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Christos Gage to Teach One-Day Master Seminar on “Career Building for Comic Book Writers” – Enrollment Now Open!

On Saturday, August 9, 2014, writer Christos Gage will lead a Master Seminar on CAREER BUILDING FOR COMIC BOOK WRITERS. This is your opportunity to learn not only about starting a career in comics, but how to keep it thriving, from someone who has done it himself.

christos-gage-bioChris’ knowledge about both writing and career development is gleaned from over 15 years of professional writing in the comics, film, TV and gaming industries.

In comics, Chris’ credits include Avengers Academy and Superior Spider-Man for Marvel; Area 10 for Vertigo/DC, Sunset for Top Cow, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Dark Horse. His film and television work includes The Breed, Paradox, Law & Order: SVU and Numb3rs, and he’s written for video games Captain America: Super Soldier, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

While he’s worked in a range of media, Chris is first and foremost a comic writer, and he shares his enthusiasm and depth of industry knowledge with his students. This seminar lets you gain from Chris’ love for comics, and his practical insight developed over years of being in consistent demand.

In our one-day seminar, topics will include not just writing tips, but will also cover the nuances of career building topics like networking, developing pitches, collaborating, and working with publishers. Not sure how to sell yourself or your material, or how to keep publishers interested after landing that first gig? Chris will address those concerns, and more.

CE founder Andy Schmidt will co-host the seminar, which will end with a Q&A from the audience. The online classroom provides a welcoming forum for students to interact directly with the instructors.

This is a one-time-only event, offered as a live-streaming, interactive online classroom. Enrolled students will also have ongoing access to a recording of the session for two weeks after the course ends.

The session will run from 10:00 a.m. Eastern time until approximately 4:00 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break. While the course is geared toward writers, all are welcome, and there are no prerequisites.

More details are on our course page, and enrollment is open! We hope you’ll join us!

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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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