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Episode #58 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 #58, “Varying Your Shots”
In a recent episode, Andy mentioned there was more to say about the importance of an artist varying the shots and angles in panels. In this episode, Andy and Joey dive into that topic!

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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!


Comic Book Script Archive adds new scripts from Cullen Bunn, Kyle Higgins and Ales Kot

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

The 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.

We are happy to announce that we’ve added four new scripts by writers Cullen Bunn, Kyle Higgins and Ales Kot.

The new scripts are:

* Helheim #1 by Cullen Bunn
* Nightwing #8 by Kyle Higgins
* The Sixth Gun #1 by Cullen Bunn
* Zero #2 by Ales Kot

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 new “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!


Peter David to teach one-day Master Seminar on “Writing Great Characters” — Enrollment open!

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


“Memoirs of the Mysterious” Kickstarter features story by 3 CE members; plus “The Spider King” lettered by CE alum

memoirs-of-the-mysterious-jpgThe Twilight Zone-inspired anthology, Memoirs of the Mysterious includes a story created by THREE Comics Experience alums and Creators Workshop members.

The story, entitled “Better Off,” was written by Marta Tanrikulu, with art by Brian Gilman, and letters and colors by Nic J. Shaw, all CE alums and Workshop members! Check out a panel from the story below.

Memoirs will contain approximately 60 pages of short stories, ranging from mystery and suspense to horror and sci-fi…always with a twist at the end. More than 20 creators have contributed to the tome.

Kickstarter rewards for pledging start at only $5 for a PDF of the anthology, and include other options such as excludive prints, original comic art pages from the book, and even a script review by Marta!

As of this writing, the project is over 70% funded with two weeks to go, so it’s not too late to support the project now!

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And if you’re looking for another project to support, CE alum Nic J. Shaw is also the letterer on the Kickstarter for the graphic novel project The Spider King.

If you’re interested in a tale of Vikings facing aliens in the middle ages, check out all the cool incentives and more details on The Spider King‘s Kickstarter page as well!

Best of luck to Marta, Brian, and Nic!

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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!


Episode #57 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 #57, “Who Calls the Shots?”
A frustrated artist writes in this week about a script filled with a lot of art “direction” from the writer. Andy and Joey discuss who “calls the shots” when you’re making comics.

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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!


Andy Schmidt interviewed on Word Balloon podcast — 11/12/13 episode

wordballoonFormer Marvel and IDW editor and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt was interviewed recently by John Siuntres on the popular Word Balloon podcast.

Andy and John discussed Andy’s days in Marvel editorial working on the cosmic Annihilation Saga and other events, his involvement in IDW’s reboot of GI Joe, as well as the state of the industry in general.

Andy also provided an in-depth discussion of the Comics Experience courses, Workshop online community, and what the program offers to comic book creators.

The interview lasts over an hour and is in the November 12, 2013 episode, which also features Jeph Loeb on the Marvel-Netflix TV Deal and more, as well as Boom! Studios Ross Richie looking back at 2013 and the success of 2GUNS.

You can check out the Word Balloon podcast on iTunes or listen right on the Word Balloon website.

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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!