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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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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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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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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!


New miniseries “Rex, Zombie Killer” created by FIVE CE alums!

rzk-ms-cover-01-LOGO-72dpi-400x600The animals versus zombies tale, Rex, Zombie Killer, returns in a new 4-issue miniseries from Big Dog Ink, and FIVE Comics Experience alums and Creators Workshop members are involved!

The #1 issue is available for pre-order in this month’s August Diamond Previews catalog, and will ship to stores in October.

Rex, Zombie Killer is written by CE staff member and alum Rob Anderson, with art by CE alum DaFu Yu, 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.

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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 Rex, Zombie Killer One-Shot from last year.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Rex, Zombie Killer back on the stands,” said Big Dog Ink Publisher Tom Hutchinson. “The double-sized one-shot received acclaim from both horror and comics outlets, and fans have been asking for more, so here it comes!”

Each issue will be a full-color, 28-page, standard trim comic book, priced at $3.50. You can pre-order your copy now at your local comic shop to ensure they have a copy available for you. (Diamond Previews Order Code: AUG131097) The book is rated TEEN+ (13 & up) for mature themes and zombie violence.

Congrats to all the CE folks behind the book!

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Indie Comics Magazine #7 features three Comics Experience alums and workshop members!

sm_icm7-web-resIndie Comics Magazine #7, the anthology series from Aazurn Publishing, will include a story written by Comics Experience alum Marta Tanrikulu, illustrated by CE alum Jorge Donis, and lettered by Creators Workshop member E.T. Dollman.

Indie Comics Magazine #7 is a 64-page black and white comic book featuring nine complete stories in this issue.

The first issue is now being solicited for pre-order on page 239 of the August 2013 issue of Diamond PREVIEWS and may be ordered via your local comic shop. (PREVIEWS Order Code: AUG130909)

Marta and Jorge’s story is titled “The Case of the Lost Offspring,” and is described as a courtroom drama involving long-lost relatives and mistaken identity. It’s a classic who-done-it with old money, an inheritance and a twist.

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With no huge overprint, no digital version and no back issue sales, Indie Comics Magazine #7 is available ONLY at your local and online comic book shops. If you’d like to get a copy, make sure to pre-order it, to ensure that your local comic shop carries the book!

Congrats to Marta, Jorge, and E.T.!

You can view a trailer of the issue right here:


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