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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!


NYCC 2013 – Comics Experience Report

nycc-2011-logoNYCC 2013 was another great convention for Comics Experience folks!

In particular, we had our largest “in-person” Meet-Up ever, with Comics Experience instructors, pros, alums, and Workshop members taking over the entire back area of Mulligan’s on Saturday night.

There were so many comic creators present that we had multiple requests for name tags in the future.

Plus, we had Workshop members and alums from all over the world, including Australia, Brazil, Portugal, the exotic land of Canada, and from all over the United States. In many cases, it was a first “face-to-face” meeting for people who have known each other for years via our Creators Workshop online community.

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Comics Experience friends included: Amy Chu, Andy Schmidt, Angela Allen, Antonio Brandao, Billy Yurkas, Bobby Curnow, Brandon Seifert, Carlos Felipe, Curtis Lawson, DaFu Yu, Dan Rivera, Eric Drumm, Erik Korsgaard, George O’Connor, Heidi Ward, James Babbo, J.D. Oliva, Jeremy Melloul, John Friscia, Joshua Williamson, Ken Perry, Kevin Byrne, Kyle Higgins, Matt Yocum, Mike Costa, Nick DeDual, Nic Shaw, Paul Allor, Rob Anderson, Sean Flahaven…and that doesn’t even include the guests of members who joined us, from spouses to creative collaborators!

We also had many members, instructors, and alums exhibiting and/or signing during the convention, including: Amy Chu, Chris Sotomayor, DaFu Yu, Jeff Marsick, Joe Sergi, Nick Dedual, Nick Spencer, Richard Clark, Rich Douek, Rob Anderson, Robert Atkins, Shaun Noel, and Vito Delsante.

It was great seeing everyone and we’re already looking forward to next year!

(And if you’re a comic creator looking to improve your craft, learn about the industry, and connect with a like-minded community of creators, make sure to check out our Creators Workshop, for all those days between the cons!)


CE alum Rich Douek’s “Wailing Blade” announced at NYCC 2013!

Wailing-Blade-Rich-Douek-promoCE alum and Creators Workshop member Rich Douek has a new mini-series coming…and it sounds like heads will roll…

As announced by publisher ComixTribe at NYCC 2013, Wailing Blade: Headtaker will be launching in 2014, with story by Rich and art by Charlie Cody.

Wailing Blade: Headtaker explores earth’s distant future — a strange new world of lost technology, strange creatures and desperate men. The mini-series will tell the story of the Headtaker, a merciless executioner in the employ of a tyrant.

In the press release announcing the series, Douek said, “Wailing Blade takes place in the far, far future, where civilization has risen and fallen a hundred times over. What little technology that survived the millennia is very rare, even less understood. The executioner’s mask and weapon are artifacts of an earlier time, when man had greater mastery over technology. There are few who understand its true purpose, least of all our hero, Tychon.”

Rich is also the writer of Gutter Magic, a fantasy series set in a world in which World War II was fought with magic. The #1 issue of Gutter Magic is currently available for digital download on comiXology.

Congrats to Rich and Charlie on the announcement of Wailing Blade!

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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 Workshop member Matt O’Keefe launches “Deadless” from Alterna

Deadless-Cover-00Comics Experience Creators Workshop member Matt O’Keefe has launched his new comic book, Deadless.

The new miniseries is being published digitally by Alterna Comics and is now available for purchase via comiXology.

You can download it right here for only $1.99.

Deadless #0 is described as the story of four fools who forfeited their mortalities to a devil and must now do his bidding to reclaim the right to die. The four short stories focus on an addict, a victim of vanity, an abandoned spirit, and an old man.

The stories are written by Matt and feature art by Douglas Draper Jr., Arisyahrazad, Cecilia Latella, Sam Tung, and Pat Loika.

You can also view preview pages on the Alterna Comics website right here, or read an interview with Matt over on Comics Bulletin.

Congrats to Matt and his collaborators on the launch of Deadless!

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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!