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CE alum Aniz Ansari joins DC Comics

imageComics Experience alum Aniz Adam Ansari was recently named to the position of Assistant Editor of DC Comics in their Digital Division based in Los Angeles.

In his new role, Aniz is working with Senior Editor Jim Chadwick on Digital First titles such as the popular Batman 66 and Injustice, as well as the print title Masters of the Universe in conjunction with Mattel.

Aniz is an alum of the Comics Experience Introduction to Comic Book Writing course, which he took in September of 2012. After completing the course, he continued to pursue writing, starting with several minicomics, as well as a number of full-length scripts in development, envisioned as eventual miniseries.

In his new job, Aniz reports that he’s getting the opportunity to understand the back-end aspects of comics production on another whole level and work with some of his favorite writers and artists.

“What better way to learn and improve as a writer than spending my days reviewing scripts by Jeff Parker and Keith Giffen?” Aniz said.

“The fundamentals I learned in Comics Experience gave me the foundation to assert myself and navigate my way through the comics industry with confidence,” Aniz added. “It also gave me a level of credibility, that I wouldn’t have had otherwise, that I feel made a significant difference in me getting the job.

“So don’t be surprised if you hear me enthuse about the value of what I learned from Comics Experience (and the Make Comics podcast for that matter!) to new and aspiring creators for years to come!”

Thanks so much Aniz, and we’re all so happy for you! Good luck with your new job!

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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!


Last chance! Master seminar with KLAUS JANSON, streaming online on 8/24!

janson-bioTime is nearly up to enroll in our special one-day, one-time only Comic Book Boot Camp Master Seminar on Saturday, August 24, 2013 with the legendary Klaus Janson!

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.

BMDMCv5-cx“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!


CE founder Andy Schmidt writes & edits “The Grandmaster” comic book

Grandmaster-CoverComics Experience founder Andy Schmidt recently produced a comic book in association with Vice.com entitled Ip Man: The Grandmaster of Kung Fu.

The 14-page comic book was distributed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con as part of the promotional efforts related to the upcoming film, The Grandmaster, by Wong Kar Wai. The film follows the exploits of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

Vice.com also recently released an animated comic version which can be viewed right here.

In addition to being written and edited by Andy, the comic was also co-edited by CE alum and staff member Paul Allor, with lettering by CE lettering instructor Dave Sharpe.

Artists featured in the book include Chris Evenhuis, Marcondes, Keison, and Chee, Andy’s collaborator on IDW’s Five Days to Die miniseries.

Vice is a global media channel focusing on investigative journalism and enlightening videos about everything from world news, travel, art, drugs, politics, sports, fashion, sex, and super cute animals. You can check out all Vice has to offer at www.Vice.com.

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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 “SCAMthology” project features work by THREE CE alums!

SCAM_COVERS_Scamthology2At the recent Boston Comic Con, ComixTribe announced SCAMthology, a new anthology project, and the title will feature work by THREE CE alums!

SCAMthology will be set in the universe of creator Joe Mulvey’s super-powered conman series, SCAM, which has been described as “X-men meets Ocean’s Eleven.” SCAM is a 4-issue miniseries currently being published by ComixTribe.

The new book will contain stories written by CE alums Paul Allor (TMNT: Fugitoid, Orc Girl), Amy Chu (Girls’ Night Out), and Rich Douek (Gutter Magic, Oxymoron). In addition, the image displayed here was colored by Comics Experience Coloring Instructor, Chris “Soto” Sotomayor!

The full roster of SCAMthology creators includes Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Ben McCool (Choker, Lookouts), Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects), Brian Shearer (Transformers, Doctor Who) Josh Flanagan (Dixon’s Notch), Ryan K Lindsay (Ghost Town), and many more.

The first four-issue SCAM mini-series will conclude this November with a double-sized final issue, and SCAMthology is set to be released in early 2014.

Congrats to Paul, Amy, and Rich on 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!


Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin Join the Comics Experience Book Club to discuss “Bandette”

Tobin-CooverOn Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 9pm Eastern Time, special guests Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin will join Comics Experience for a Book Club discussion of Bandette, the Eisner Award-winning comic book published by MonkeyBrain Comics. The discussion will be hosted by CE Book Club Manager Paul Allor (TMNT: Fugitiod, Orc girl).

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Bandette follows the adventures of a young costumed “artful dodger”, the leader of a group of urchins dedicated to serving justice, except when thieving proves to be a bit more fun.

The story of Bandette treads a thin line between Tintin and Nancy Drew, with a few costumes thrown in. Bandette and her crew at turns join forces and cross swords with the mysterious master thief known only as Monsieur, and one B.D. Belgique, perhaps the most harassed police inspector of all time.

The first five issues may be purchased via Comixology right here.

Colleen Coover is an illustrator and comic book aritst/writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is the creator of the adult comic Small Favors, and artist of the all-ages Banana Sunday and the graphic novel Gingerbread Girl, both written by her husband, Paul Tobin.

Bandette2She has worked for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Top Shelf Productions, Oni Press, Fantagraphics, and many others. She spends most of her time thinking up ways for comics to be more awesome.

Paul Tobin has written hundreds of comics with such characters as Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, Batman, Superman, and so on. He has done extensive work for Dark Horse on media properties such as Falling Skies, Predators, Conan, and on his creator-owned titled, Colder. Banana Sunday, produced in conjunction with his wife, Colleen, placed on Yalsa’s “best graphic novels for teens” list. He is currently establishing background stories and characters for Angry Birds, and has expanded into the world of prose with work in a Lovecraft-inspired anthology, and his first novel, Prepare To Die!.

There’s still time to join us for the live, streaming online session!

We look forward to a great discussion with Colleen and Paul!

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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!


Only 2 slots left in new “Writing for the Big Two” course

andy-bioWe are nearly sold out — only TWO slots left — in our brand new Writing for the “Big Two” & Licensed Characters course, starting August 12th.

So, if you’d want in, now is the time to sign up. 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.

Enrollment is limited, so don’t delay if you want in!

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!