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Last chance! Peter David Master Seminar this Saturday on “Writing Great Characters”

david-bioThis Saturday, March 8, 2014, writer Peter David will teach a one-day, live-streaming online Master Seminar: Writing Great Characters.

Limited seats are still available! Sign up now if you want to take advantage of this one-time only opportunity to learn directly from a master comic book writer.

Peter David practices a writing method in which his characters guide his stories, and he’ll be providing an in-depth look at getting to the core of the character, creating interactions and conflicts between characters, and how to put your characters in the driver’s seat and let them guide you. Of course, he’ll also be covering scripting techniques designed to bring the heart of your character onto the final printed page.

Along with Peter, Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt will co-host the day’s event, and the day will end with a Q&A from the audience.

hulk-coverThis Master Seminar will be offered one time only, on Saturday, March 8. However, if you’re unable to make the live session, those who register will have access to a recording of the seminar for two full weeks after the session.

Peter David is the New York Times best-selling author of both comics and novels. He’s written for the big and little screens, and is widely respected as one of the most prolific writers of pop-culture fiction working today.

Peter’s comic book resume includes an award-winning twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and he has also worked on such varied and popular titles as X-Factor, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Fallen Angel, Supergirl, and Young Justice.

David has written for nearly every comics publisher in existence and has written for nearly every major pop-culture franchise including X-Men, Superman, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Star Trek, and Transformers.

The course will be held from 10:00am until approximately 4:00pm Eastern Time, with a one-hour break for lunch. 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!


CE Alum Shaun Manning’s OGN “Interesting Drug” Coming Soon From Archaia!

Interesting-Drug-Cover-17c18Comics Experience alum Shaun Manning is about to launch a new original graphic novel from Archaia!

Interesting Drug, Shaun’s collaboration with artist Anna Wieszczyk, will be available in May. Shaun developed an earlier version of this story while he was a student in the Comics Experience  Advanced Writing course, and cites his experience with CE as a significant step in its development.

In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources, Shaun says:

“What actually gave me the motivation to push forward with it as a comic was my workshop at Comics Experience. This was in its early days, when [President and CEO] Andy Schmidt was running it as an in-person thing in New York. CE is now all online, which is great since I’m no longer in New York. But the first chapter of “Interesting Drug” was my project for the Advanced Writing Workshop, where we had to script a full issue. What’s actually published is a far cry from what I presented, but it was a great feeling to finish a comic script and get useful feedback on it.”

The story centers on Andrew, a retail worker whose life is disrupted when a shady figure named Tristram enters his life and taps him to create a time-traveling drug. It explores themes of nostalgia, addiction and the dangers of living in the past.

Shaun’s CBR interview details the story’s evolution, and discusses his process from concept to published book. We also appreciate the CE shout-out!

Shaun is a staff writer for CBR, and his  other comic credits include short stories in the Hope: New Orleans benefit anthology, Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M, Top Shelf 2.0, and Hell, Nebraska. Interesting Drug will be in stores in May. Congrats to Shaun on launching the new project!

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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!

 


New Course! Perspective and Environments with Robert Atkins

atkins-bioJust a few more weeks before  we  debut one of our most-requested courses yet!

Artist and veteran Comics Experience instructor Robert Atkins will be teaching a class on  Perspective and Environments. Now, students will have the opportunity to take an in-depth look at how to use these  crucial elements of visual storytelling, under the guidance of  one of our most popular faculty members.

Whether it’s Comics, Film, Animation, or Video Games, a successful story needs to communicate as much through its environment as it does through its characters. As Andy Schmidt explained on our Creators Workshop Forum:

GIJOECover21“[It’s] not just on perspective, another component to perspective that a lot of artists struggle with is placing the objects and making them feel like they’re interacting with the environment, so this is unlike any other perspective course that we know of–the course as awesome as we could make it!

I’m so glad we were finally able to offer this FUNDAMENTAL course for any student of art!”

Art students at all levels will feel at home in this course —  the limited class size will allow individual attention from Robert, and each assignment builds on the last for a cumulative effect for beginners and more advanced artists alike.

From the course description: “These assignments will be specifically built around the types of environments you’ll have to draw in any given comic or story medium. And best of all, by the end of the course, if you follow through, you’ll wind up with some portfolio pieces to boot!”

Instructor Robert Atkins graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with an M.F.A., and began a career in comics soon after. Robert has penciled comic titles including  GI Joe, Snake Eyes, Amazing Spider-Man, Venom and Heroes for Hire. He’s taught at SCAD, where he also developed a mentorship program for student artists, and has developed some of Comics Experience’s most popular courses.

We’re excited about this latest course offering! Classes begin March 26 and last for five weeks. This is sure to fill up fast, so register today!

Perspective and Environments Part I with Robert Atkins
Begins March 26, 2014

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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!


New Course! “Introduction to Animation Writing” open for enrollment!

All of your favorite cartoons and animated movies started as words on a page. Have you ever had an interest in writing for animation?

comicsexperience-logoWell, Comics Experience is proud to offer a brand new course on that very topic — Introduction to Animation Writing!

In this course, you’ll learn how to translate your ideas for TV shows, movies, and short films into professional scripts the same way the pros do. This six-week course, running from April 10 — May 15, 2014, covers everything you need to know to start writing your own screenplay.

The course will be taught by Zac Atkinson; a currently working professional screenwriter in the Los Angeles animation industry.

TF_RescueForce_FinalZac has written for TV series such as Transformers Rescue Bots and other Hasbro Studios projects. He also reads as a screenplay judge for several competitions including the highly regarded Austin Film Festival.

A former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist, Zac attended film school at the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from Boston University.

This Intro course will 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 Zac himself! Plus, Zac will share his industry insights and provide tips on how to break in as a professional screenwriter in the world of animation.

You’ll even 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-produced animated project.

Enrollment is open and seating is limited. Sign up now!

Introduction to Animation Writing with Zac Atkinson
Begins April 10, 2014

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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 in our courses or as part of our Creators Workshop community. Sign up now!

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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 “Past the Last Mountain” for Th3rd World Studios

Th3rd World Studios recently announced that CE alum and staffer Paul Allor will be writing a new series, Past the Last Mountain.

Past-the-last-mountain-fcbd-coverTh3rd World released the cover of the new series, noting that it will be part of the company’s Free Comic Book Day offering.

The book will feature a story by Paul with art by Thomas Boatwright. Paul and Thomas previously collaborated on the critically-acclaimed Orc Girl, published by Challenger Comics.

According to Multiversity, the story will feature a trio of fantastic creatures who escape human imprisonment to seek a fabled sanctuary known only as “Dragon Lake.” Paul in his own announcement referred to the book as “an all-ages geopoliticasl fantasy.”

Paul has also recently written a four-issue story arc in G.I. Joe, as well as a TMNT mini-series, Utrom Empire, for IDW.

Th3rd World Studios is the publisher of the New York Times-bestseller The Stuff of Legend, as well as the critically-acclaimed series Finding Gossamyr. The company’s Free Comic Book Day offering will include both PTLM and Finding Gossamyr.

Congratulations to Paul on the new book!

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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 writes more “My Little Pony” & “Rex, Zombie Killer”

We were happy to see that Rob Anderson, Comics Experience alum and staffer, has TWO books solicited in the February Diamond Previews catalog. Both books will be shipping to comic shops in April of 2014.

MLP-FF-04-RZK-04First is My Little Pony: Friends Forever #4, written by Rob with art by Amy Mebberson. The book is published by IDW.

According to the solicitation, this story follows Twilight Sparkle as she visits her brother, Shining Armor, in the Crystal Empire. However, when a mysterious ghost starts haunting the castle, the siblings will have to use all their combined monster knowledge to save the day.

This is the first MLP comic book set in the Crystal Empire.

This marks the second MLP comic written by Rob, who had previously penned a MLP Micro-Series issue featuring Spike the baby dragon.

Rob’s other title in this month’s Previews is Rex, Zombie Killer #4, published by Big Dog Ink.

RZK #4 is written by Rob, with art by co-creator and CE alum DaFu Yu, along with interior colors by Juan Romera, lettering and design by E.T. Dollman, cover colors by CE alum Kevin Volo, and edits by CE alum and staffer Paul Allor. There are a lot of CE connections on this book!

This is the final issue of the mini-series which follows the journey of a hyper-intelligent golden retriever named Rex and a small pack of animals (including a gorilla with a baseball bat) as they try to survive the zombie apocalypse.

According to the solicitation on this one, Rex has led his pack of gorillas, pit bulls, and squirrels to the so-called “safe place,” only to find that Rex’s human is a prisoner. Will the animals survive a showdown with the soldiers running the bunker?

Congratulations to Rob on his new MLP gig, and to all the CE alums involved in the completion of the RZK mini-series!

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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!