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Course Announcements: Master Seminar with Phil Jimenez and Advanced Comic Book Writing with Andy Schmidt!

Our course offerings are always expanding, thanks to YOUR ongoing interest and support.

Here are two we want to make sure you know about right now!

seminar-page-phil-jimenez-artFirst up is a BRAND NEW Master Seminar, taught by renowned artist Phil Jimenez: ACTION AND ACTING ON THE COMIC BOOK PAGE! We’re thrilled to make this seminar available for the very first time, as it touches on some of the most crucial but overlooked aspects of comic penciling.

This special, one-day session provides an in-depth exploration of how character expression, composition and movement inform the reader’s experience. Jimenez is best known for his work on Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis, New X-Men, and The Amazing Spider-Man, and he brings the full range of his experience and insight to share with students in this course.

Comics Experience founder/CEO Andy Schmidt co-hosts, and, as always, students will receive all the advantages of both instructors’ expertise, plus a limited class size. That includes personalized attention from Phil and Andy, as well as the opportunity to interact with peers, receiving detailed, encouraging and constructive feedback.

And remember, this special ONE-DAY seminar has no prerequisites: the course is structured so that students at all levels will find practical advice and insight that they can put into practice immediately. All you need is a high-speed internet connection. (Headphones or ear buds are helpful but not required.)

The seminar is set for May 10, 2014 — save the date and visit the course page for details and enrollment info!

andy-bioWe’re also pleased to offer another Advanced Comic Book Writing course, taught by Andy Schmidt. This 5-week, limited-enrollment course is titled Advanced Comic Book Writing: Building Your Series.

Each of Andy’s Advanced Writing courses focuses on a unique aspect of comic writing in order to offer focused, specialized instruction. This course:

…teaches you how to craft irresistible characters, build themes and imagery, and develop a world for your characters to inhabit. It’s about planning more than just a story—it’s about planning your imaginary universe—and driving your readers to want more!

Students in this course can expect to have a fully developed, pitch-ready project by the end of the 5-week session. It’s available to those who have completed the Intro to Writing course, building and expanding upon its foundation. Course begins April 2, so don’t wait!

There are plenty more details available on the Courses section of our website, including an in-depth FAQ for each course listed. Enrollment is limited and demand is high, so be sure to check it out 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!

Posted by Nicole Boose
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Comic Book Script Archive adds new scripts from Alan Moore, D.J. Kirkbride & Adam Knave!

scriptarchivecoverNew scripts have been added to the Comic Book Script Archive, presented by Comics Experience–

  • Multiple Youngblood scripts by Alan Moore
  • Amelia Cole #7 script by D.J. Kirkbride and Adam Knave

The Youngblood series has seen various incarnations since the 1990s, with Moore’s run beginning in 1997. We’re pleased to have this collection of scripts available in the archive!

The Amelia Cole series was one of the first digital comics to be published by MonkeyBrain. The series was then printed as a trade by IDW Publishing after the first volume concluded. Creator credits include an Eisner Award for D.J. Kirkbride for editing Image’s POPGUN Anthology!

About the series:

Amelia Cole lives in two worlds – literally. One runs on magic, the other built on technology. When the barriers between those worlds start to break down, Amelia and her aunt Dani must take extreme action. It’s the start of whole new world in adventure, magic, and excitement as Amelia Cole steps forward to do what she knows it right, even when the consequences might be wrong. Written by Eisner and Harvey award winners Adam P. Knave & D.J. Kirkbride, drawn by Nick Brokenshire, and lettered by Rachel Deering.

Our thanks to the donors for providing these scripts!

Amelia Cole 7The archive, founded by Tim Simmons, is an educational resource showcasing more than 100 comic book scripts written by some of the biggest names in the comics industry.

Comics Experience and Tim Simmons are working together to continue building this free resource. 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.

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

Posted by Nicole Boose
nicole@ComicsExperience.com
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Episode #63 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 #63, “Plotting Longer Stories”
Andy and Joey chat about approaches to plotting, especially plotting of longer stories and future story arcs. Is this something that comes with practice? Or are there techniques that can also help?

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!


CE Staff Updates!

We have some staff updates to announce!

Andy Schmidt recently posted on The Creators Workshop forum  that Marta Tanrikulu and Nicole Boose have expanded their roles at Comics Experience.

comicsexperience-logoMarta is an editor and also writes short comics stories in various genres. Her work has appeared on the Verticalismi website and in anthologies from various publishers including Red Stylo Media, Cellar Door, 215 Ink, and Arcana.

In her new position as Comics Experience Operations Manager, Marta will be in charge of Creators Workshop membership issues, set-ups, and troubleshooting when needed. Marta has shown a big interest in the comics industry at large, and the craft of making comics. Her skills are going to be a huge help to keep things running smoothly. She will be the main point of contact for Creators Workshop-related matters and course signups and questions.

Nicole Boose is a freelance editor currently working on Jupiter’s Legacy and Starlight with writer Mark Millar at Image Comics. For Comics Experience, she’s worked as a mentor and provides script critiques.

Expanding her role as CE’s new Communications Manager, Nicole will be running the CE blog and working on the public newsletter as well as increasing her presence within the Creators Workshop in general.

Are you a member of the CE community with a new project to announce, promote, or otherwise spread the word about? Make sure to post about it on the Creators Workshop Self-Promotion thread, and Nicole may feature it in a future blog post!

We also thank Rob Anderson, Gannon Beck, Kevin LaCoste, Paul Allor, Ken Frederick, Joey Groah, Mike Malve, Brandon Seifert, Chris Sotomayor, and Robert Atkins and more recently Kyle Higgins for all their help and support with the Creators Workshop and Comics Experience in general.

Andy says:

And of course, all of you members and contributors. I really had no idea when I started Comics Experience in 2007 that I would meet and work with so many talented, well-meaning, and creative people. I hope your Creators Workshop has been even half as great as mine. You guys really do make the Creators Workshop a pleasure for me to come and spend time.

Thank you all so much, and welcome again, to Marta and Nicole!

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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! 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!