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Comic Book Script Archive & Comics Experience re-launch repository of pro scripts!

We’re pleased to announce a new alliance between Comics Experience and the Comic Book Script Archive, showcasing nearly 100 comic book scripts written by some of the biggest names in the comics industry.

scriptarchivecoverThe Comic Book Script Archive was founded several years ago by Tim Simmons because he couldn’t find a good online resource for comic book scripts. Eventually, he decided to make one and the Comic Book Script Archive was the result.

“I’ve been a member of Comics Experience’s Creators Workshop for a long time,” said Tim Simmons, “and the script archive was always intended as an educational resource, so I’m pleased to now have it associated with Comics Experience.”

Andy Schmidt, founder of Comics Experience and a former Marvel and IDW Editor, added, “This alliance is a natural step for us. One of the most common questions I receive is ‘how should I format my script?’ Now, I can point new creators to this great resource of donated scripts.”

The two groups will work together to build on and expand the script archive. One immediate new addition is the Comics Experience Script Template, created by CE alum Paul Allor, which is based on the format Andy suggests in his Intro to Writing courses.

In addition, Andy has contributed scripts he has written himself for BOOM! Studios and IDW, including the scripts to his creator-owned series Five Days to Die.

The Comic Book Script Archive may be accessed right here or via the new “Scripts” menu item on ComicsExperience.com.

If you are a pro writer for one of the top comics publishers and you’d like to donate a script, please contact Tim at citizentim@gmail.com or Comics Experience at info@comicsexperience.com.


CE Alum Paul Allor writes TMNT mini-series & GI Joe for IDW!

TMNT-Utrom-Empire-GI-Joe-Paul-AllorWe’re pleased to note that Paul Allor, Comics Experience alum and staffer, has TWO books solicited by IDW in the November Diamond Previews catalog. Both books will be shipping to comic shops in January of 2013.

First up is G.I. Joe #12, written by Paul, with art by Alex Cal, S L Gallant, Atilio Rojo, and Nicole Virella, along with a cover by Steve Kurth.

According to the solicitation, this begins a story on the secret history of Cobra. “In the aftermath of COBRA’s New York attack, Baroness leads a new up-and-coming officer called Siren around the world–and into the past! Siren uncovers the secrets of the previous Cobra Commanders–and comes face-to-face with the ruthless current one!”

Then, check out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Utrom Empire #1, the first of a 3-issue mini-series, with art and covers by Andy Kuhn, and a special variant cover by Kevin Eastman.

The solicitation on this one reads: “Intrigue and betrayal abound on Burnow Island! This mini-series takes us to the Technodrome where Krang’s plans to destroy the Earth are ramping up. Little does he know that Baxter Stockman plans to harness its power for himself! As the two villains scheme, one imprisoned robot holds the key to success–Fugitoid! Will he be able to reach out to the Turtles in time? All this plus the long awaited story of the alien Utrom race!”

In the turtles universe, Paul has previously written the TMNT Micro: Fugitoid and the TMNT Micro: Shredder for IDW. Paul recently launched the Monkeybrain series, Strange Nation. He has also recently written a story in the Pathfinder: Goblins mini-series from Dynamite. Paul has produced creator-owned work as well, such as Clockwork, Volume One and Orc Girl.

In addition to his writing work, Paul has served as the editor on several titles, including the Rex, Zombie Killer mini-series from Big Dog Ink, Girls Night Out and the currently-ongoing Sheltered, from Image Comics. Additionally, he is a graduate of writing, art and lettering classes through Comics Experience.

Congratulations to Paul on his new mini-series, as well as his work in the on-going GI Joe title!

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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!


Rex, Zombie Killer #1, produced by 5 CE alums, hits comic shops October 30th

rzk-ms-cover-01-LOGO-72dpi-400x600Rex, Zombie Killer #1, produced by FIVE Comics Experience alums and Creators Workshop members hits comic shops today, October 30th!

The 4-issue mini-series from Big Dog Ink is co-created by writer and CE staff member/alum Rob Anderson, and artist/CE alum DaFu Yu, with interior colors by Juan Romera, cover colors by CE alum Kevin Volo, letters/design by Workshop member E.T. Dollman, and edits by CE staff member and alum Paul Allor!

The miniseries follows Rex the hyper-intelligent Golden Retriever and a small pack of animals (including a gorilla with a baseball bat!) as they attempt to cross the country after a zombie apocalypse. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Rex and his pack are now also being pursued by a group of primates who escaped from a zoo!

The miniseries continues the story begun in the double-sized Rex, Zombie Killer One-Shot from last year.

Each issue will be a full-color comic book, priced at $3.50. The book is rated TEEN+ (13 & up) for mature themes and zombie violence.

Congrats to all the CE folks behind the book!


Only 2 slots left in “Making Comics: Self-Published & Creator-Owned” course!

ComicsExperience-LOGOOnly 2 open slots remain in our new “Making Comics” course that begins this week on Wednesday, October 30th. The course will be taught live, online and streaming, and will focus on creator-owned and self-published comics!

So, maybe you have a script, but you’re not sure of all the steps involved in turning it into a professional-looking creator-owned comic book…and then launching it into the world? Or maybe you’ve self-published a comic already, but you didn’t achieve the results you expected?

In this four-week course, Making Comics: Self-Published & Creator-Owned, you’ll learn how to:

  • Find an artist/colorist/letterer and even an editor!
  • Market & promote your creator-owned comic, from news outlets to conventions
  • Work effectively with your collaborators and handle conflicts
  • Distribute your comic, whether in print or digital formats
  • Minimize your costs throughout the project
  • Submit and pitch your comic (if you want a publisher)
  • …and even how to use your work to pursue future work-for-hire gigs (if that’s a goal for you!)

Your instructors, Paul Allor and Rob Anderson, have done all of the above and are ready to walk you through the entire process of creating a professional-looking project, while helping you avoid the costly mistakes that many writers learn “the hard way.” They will share every hard-earned tip they’ve learned along the way!

The class will also be joined one night by special guest Paul Montgomery, co-host of iFanboy’s Pick of the Week podcast, who will provide insight into how to approach media outlets and seek coverage of your work!

allor-bioInstructor Paul Allor has published creator-owned work such as the critically acclaimed Orc Girl (Challenger Comics) and the self-published anthology, Clockwork: Volume 1, which featured professional artists like JM Ken Niimura (I Kill Giants), Brett Weldele (Surrogates) and Nikki Cook (Memoir). He has since gone on to write properties such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and GI Joe for IDW and Pathfinder: Goblins for Dynamite, while continuing to develop new creator-owned titles. In addition to his writing work, Paul has served as editor on several titles, including the currently-ongoing Sheltered from Image Comics.

anderson-bioInstructor Rob Anderson began self-publishing with his comic Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit in 2009, and has since gone on to write the My Little Pony Micro-Series for IDW, the Rex, Zombie Killer mini-series published by Big Dog Ink, and has edited and contributed to the series Great Zombies in History, now collected in trade paperback form by McFarland Press. he has also worked as an editor on titles such as Paul Allor and Juan Romera’s Strange Nation, published by Monkeybrain Comics.

Join Paul and Rob for this nuts-and-bolts course that will save you time, money, and pain.


Episodes #54 & #55 of the Comics Experience “MAKE COMICS” Podcast posted!

MakeComicsPodcastTwo new episodes of the Comics Experience Make Comics podcast have 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 episodes below or on our Podcast page!

Episode #54, “First Issues”
Everyone knows the first issue is vital to a series’s success. So what has to go into it? Andy and Joey discuss not just what needs to go into a first issue, but how to execute those things effectively.

Episode #55, “The Grid”
Andy and Joey discuss the importance of the “Grid” layout – why it’s a powerful a tool, yet so often overlooked as a cornerstone of great storytelling in comics.

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!


Dark Horse associate editor Jim Gibbons joins the Creators Workshop 10/29/13

jimgibbonsWe are pleased to announce that Dark Horse associate editor Jim Gibbons will be our special guest on the Creators Workshop, this Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

Jim will be joining us for a live, online session, discussing all aspects of being a Dark Horse editor, a former comics journalist and publicist.

Jim was a comic book journalist (Wizard magazine, CBR) and comics publicist (Dark Horse Comics) who now works as an associate editor at Dark Horse Comics. Jim edits such titles as The Black Beetle, Captain Midnight, Brain Boy, Polar: Came from the Cold, Blood Brothers, as well as the upcoming series Furious, Juice Squeezers, and Skyman.

Dark-Horse-Comics-logoHe also works alongside Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson on the 80-page monthly anthology Dark Horse Presents, which won the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award for Best Anthology in 2012 and 2013. He previously assisted on Brian Wood’s critically acclaimed, epic ongoing series The Massive and Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain.

In the press release annoucing Jim’s promotion to associate editor in 2013, Dark Horse president Mike Richardson said, “Jim has quickly established himself as one of Dark Horse’s bright, up-and-coming editorial staffers. His hard work on Dark Horse Presents helped to win us the industry’s two major awards. I am certain that with the same level of dedication he has shown thus far, he and the books he works on will win many more for Dark Horse in the future.”

On the creator front, Francesco Francavilla, creator of The Black Beetle said, “Jim brings all the best qualities a creator can hope for from an editor: he pushes you to do your best work, kicks your butt when you are behind, and buys you a beer when you are done. I’m lucky to have him on my team.”

We are excited to have Jim joining us as a guest at the Creators Workshop!

There’s still time to join us for the discussion, and 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!