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Comics Experience Panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

sdcc2011If you’re at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, starting TODAY, don’t miss the Comics Experience panels focused on breaking (and staying) “in,” surviving collaboration, comic art fundamentals and more!

Comics Experience founder, Andy Schmidt will be moderating all five panels, featuring special guests such as writer Joshua Fialkov (Echoes, Ultimates), artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), writer Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor, Hellraiser), IDW editor and writer Bobby Curnow (Night of 1,000 Wolves) and others.

Check out the schedule and full description of each panel below.

Breaking into Comics and Staying In
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 30CDE
So you want to make comics? This program is your first step toward actually doing it! Top comic book creators Brandon Siefert (Witch Doctor, Hellraiser) and Bobby Curnow (IDW editor, Writer, Night of 1,000 Wolves) discuss the ins and outs of the comic industry-specifically, what it takes to break into comics and how it’s done! This is the panel that no writer or artist dare miss. Bonus: In addition to breaking in, learn how to stay in the comics business! Moderated by Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt (former Marvel and IDW editor, writer).

Surviving Collaboration
Friday, July 19, 2013, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 30CDE
Comics are a collaborative medium. Do you know how to bring out the best from your collaborators? Join former Marvel and IDW editor/writer and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt, artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), writer Josh Fialkov (The Ultimates, Echoes), and writer Brandon Siefert (Witch Doctor, Hellraiser) as they discuss collaborative best practices, tips for writers and artists, and strategies for handling editor feedback. Become the kind of creator everyone wants to work with!

Living Together: Business and Creative Goals Can Align
Friday, July 19, 2013, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 30CDE
Learn how a good business plan can lead to great creative results and how great creative can inform an even greater business plan. The minds behind Brand + Entertainment Solutions believe that the two go hand in hand–or more to the point–should go hand in hand but often do not. Developing keys to successful business and creative execution are the focus of this panel. Featuring B+E Solutions’s and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (CEO, B+E Solutions), Jon Bresman (Star Wars/MAD magazine veteran), Steve Drucker (VP of IP development, Hasbro), and Josh Fialkov (award-nominated screenwriter, graphic novelist, and video game writer).

Comic Book Art Fundamentals
Saturday, July 20, 2103, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Room: 30CDE
Take this crash course into how to create powerful, readable comic book art. The fundamentals for what makes comic book art different from illustration, painting, and storyboarding and how to get started are covered by the experts from Comics Experience. Featuring Andy Schmidt (former Marvel and IDW editor, Comics Experience founder) and artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns).

Dissecting Brands: How do you know what Makes Batman Batman
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Room: 30CDE
Have you ever seen a movie or read a book and thought, that didn’t feel like the character or franchise? There’s a reason for that. Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (CEO, B+E Solutions), Jon Bresman (Star Wars/MAD magazine veteran), Steve Drucker (VP of IP development, Hasbro), Josh Fialkov (award-nominated graphic novelist), and Marc Guggenheim (executive producer/writer, Arrow) offer an in-depth journey on how to dissect characters and franchises-figuring out what makes them tick, what makes them work, and what’s vital to that brand or franchise.

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!


Comics legend Klaus Janson teaches one-day Master Seminar — Enrollment open!

janson-bioOn Saturday, August 24, 2013, the legendary Klaus Janson will teach a one-day, live-streaming online Master Seminar: Comic Book Boot Camp. This is your opportunity to have one of the most heralded creators of the last 30 years impart his considerable knowledge on making great comics to you.

Plus, as a special bonus, students who send in up to three pages of sequential art before the Seminar deadline will receive a written critique of their work from Klaus following the Seminar!

“Klaus is the guy companies hire to come in and teach their young creators and editorial staff about storytelling,” said Andy Schmidt, founder of Comics Experience.

“When I was at Marvel, I was lucky enough to attend classes taught by Klaus two or three times. As an editor, it was such a crash-course in storytelling, but it also made me a much better comics writer. I saved every note I made, and my hand never stopped writing.

“There is one word for this: INVALUABLE,” Andy said. “I’ve been trying to get Klaus to do this or something like it since 2007. He’s agreed to do it ONLY ONCE.”

This course is recommended for artists, writers, and comics enthusiasts alike. Topics covered range from writing for visual storytelling, pacing, layouts, moment-to-moment transitions, storytelling and dramatic power, decision-making, draftsmanship, clarity of communication, and more.

Klaus believes that communication is the most powerful tool human beings possess. The ability to communicate can come in many forms, but at its root, communication is called storytelling.

Janson’s years of professional experience both as a comic creator and as a comics teacher have made him the most sought after instructor of comics in the world.

His body of work is seen in seminal works from both DC Comics and Marvel Comics as well as his own personal works. His teaching experience goes back 20 years with New York’s School of Visual Arts.

Pun1When DC Comics decided to publish a book on penciling and inking comics, Janson was who they had to get–the result is Janson’s books The DC Comics Guide to Penciling Comics and The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics.

Klaus’s artistic and storytelling journey has led to some of the most creatively and artistically successful comics in mainstream America as well as ground-breaking runs on popular characters like Batman, Daredevil, The Punisher and the Avengers. In 1986, Klaus and Frank Miller changed the course of the comics industry with their powerful work on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

Along with Janson, Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt will co-host the day’s event, and the day will end with a Q&A from the audience, so come prepared!

The course will be held from 10:00am until approximately 4:00pm Eastern Time, with a one-hour break for lunch. This is a one-time only opportunity to learn from a modern master of the comic art form!

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!


Intro to Writing SOLD OUT! — Enroll now for Intro to Comic Book Art, Coloring, & Lettering

ComicsExperience-LOGOOur Introduction to Comic Book Writing course is officially sold out!

We’re still getting emails from folks who missed out — and we’re sorry, but we limit the number of students to ensure everyone receives the attention they deserve.

The other courses are filling up as well, so if you want into our Art, Coloring, or Lettering courses, described below, don’t delay!

PLEASE NOTE: The Intro classes are required prerequisites for our Advanced Classes in writing, art, and coloring. This is your opportunity to be ready for the next wave of our Advanced courses!

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atkins-bioINTRODUCTION TO COMIC BOOK ART

Introduction to Comic Book Art will be taught by Robert Atkins, a professional comic book artist who has worked on G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes, Amazing Spider-Man, Heroes for Hire, Ultimatum Fantastic Four: Requiem and many others.

In this online course, you’ll learn how to improve your storytelling, what the professional standards are, how to avoid common pitfalls, how to build a great cover, and strategies to break into the business.

atkins-art-class-screenshotYou’ll be asked to complete five pages of sequential comics pages under the guidance of your instructor and you’ll get all the behind the scenes tips Robert can pack into six weeks.

You can read what one of Robert’s former students had to say about his teaching skills right here. Or check out Robert’s art and get a sense of his teaching philosophy in this Guest Blog about the Intro class from August of last year.

Introduction to Comic Book Art with Robert Atkins
Begins August 1, 2013!

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soto-bioINTRODUCTION TO COMIC BOOK COLORING

Intro to Comic Book Coloring will be taught by Chris Sotomayor (aka Soto), professional colorist on countless Marvel titles (Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers, etc.).

In this six-week intensive class for colorists, you’ll learn all the necessary tools and tricks for not only coloring with Photoshop, but also how to tell great stories through color.

Cap36You’ll get access to all the tools of the trade, tips on how to break in, and you’ll be working with Chris on the pages you color for the class.

You can read Soto’s own thoughts on the class right here…OR read why the class is even better than marriage right here!

Intro to Comic Book Coloring with Soto
Begins September 2, 2013!

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sharpe-bioCOMIC BOOK LETTERING AND PRODUCTION

Comic Book Lettering and Production will be taught by professional letterer Dave Sharpe, who has been in the business for twenty years.

In this seven-week course, Dave will take you through the programs, the thought-process, and the decision-making skills to create comics with slick, professional lettering. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also learn the production work associated with publishing comics! Setting up covers with logos, cover elements, integrating the digital lettering files with the digital color files properly, and page set-up along with a healthy dose of trouble-shooting the most common problems.

lettering-screenshotDave started out hand lettering in the Marvel Bullpen before moving to digital lettering, taught lettering at the Joe Kubert School in the mid-90s, and developed and led the Marvel in-house lettering department for two years.

Since then, Dave is now lettering regularly for DC, in addition to working with many small publishers as well. He is, without a doubt, one of the most well respected, talented, and professional letterers in the comics business.

To quote Comics Experience founder (and ex-Marvel and IDW Editor) Andy Schmidt, “Dave can teach. I’ve seen him do it and he taught me much while I worked at Marvel. In the first ten minutes, he taught me enough about lettering that I could talk reasonably intelligently about it with the seasoned Marvel staff. Thank you for that, Dave.

Learning how to letter can save you money on your projects and improve your storytelling. Plus, bad lettering can kill the impression your book makes! Read more about all of that right here.

Comic Book Lettering and Production with Dave Sharpe
Begins February 10, 2014!

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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.

We hope to see you in our courses or as part of our Creators Workshop community. Sign up 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!


Comics Experience Panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

sdcc2011San Diego Comic-Con 2013 (July 18-21) is only about one week away, and if you’re interested in making comics or breaking into the industry, then mark your calendar for FIVE Comics Experience panels focused on breaking (and staying) “in,” surviving collaboration, comic art fundamentals and more!

Comics Experience founder, Andy Schmidt will be moderating all five panels, featuring special guests such as writer Joshua Fialkov (Echoes, Ultimates), artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), writer Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor, Hellraiser), IDW editor and writer Bobby Curnow (Night of 1,000 Wolves) and others.

Check out the schedule and full description of each panel below.

Breaking into Comics and Staying In
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 30CDE
So you want to make comics? This program is your first step toward actually doing it! Top comic book creators Brandon Siefert (Witch Doctor, Hellraiser) and Bobby Curnow (IDW editor, Writer, Night of 1,000 Wolves) discuss the ins and outs of the comic industry-specifically, what it takes to break into comics and how it’s done! This is the panel that no writer or artist dare miss. Bonus: In addition to breaking in, learn how to stay in the comics business! Moderated by Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt (former Marvel and IDW editor, writer).

Surviving Collaboration
Friday, July 19, 2013, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 30CDE
Comics are a collaborative medium. Do you know how to bring out the best from your collaborators? Join former Marvel and IDW editor/writer and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt, artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), writer Josh Fialkov (The Ultimates, Echoes), and writer Brandon Siefert (Witch Doctor, Hellraiser) as they discuss collaborative best practices, tips for writers and artists, and strategies for handling editor feedback. Become the kind of creator everyone wants to work with!

Living Together: Business and Creative Goals Can Align
Friday, July 19, 2013, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 30CDE
Learn how a good business plan can lead to great creative results and how great creative can inform an even greater business plan. The minds behind Brand + Entertainment Solutions believe that the two go hand in hand–or more to the point–should go hand in hand but often do not. Developing keys to successful business and creative execution are the focus of this panel. Featuring B+E Solutions’s and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (CEO, B+E Solutions), Jon Bresman (Star Wars/MAD magazine veteran), Steve Drucker (VP of IP development, Hasbro), and Josh Fialkov (award-nominated screenwriter, graphic novelist, and video game writer).

Comic Book Art Fundamentals
Saturday, July 20, 2103, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Room: 30CDE
Take this crash course into how to create powerful, readable comic book art. The fundamentals for what makes comic book art different from illustration, painting, and storyboarding and how to get started are covered by the experts from Comics Experience. Featuring Andy Schmidt (former Marvel and IDW editor, Comics Experience founder) and artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns).

Dissecting Brands: How do you know what Makes Batman Batman
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Room: 30CDE
Have you ever seen a movie or read a book and thought, that didn’t feel like the character or franchise? There’s a reason for that. Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (CEO, B+E Solutions), Jon Bresman (Star Wars/MAD magazine veteran), Steve Drucker (VP of IP development, Hasbro), Josh Fialkov (award-nominated graphic novelist), and Marc Guggenheim (executive producer/writer, Arrow) offer an in-depth journey on how to dissect characters and franchises-figuring out what makes them tick, what makes them work, and what’s vital to that brand or franchise.

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!


CE Alum Paul Allor edits “Sheltered” from Image Comics — Out this week!

Sheltered_1_cvr_550Past Creators Workshop guest Ed Brisson (Comeback) has a new ongoing series out this week from Image Comics…and it has a Comics Experience connection!

Namely, this new series was edited by CE alum and Book Club Manager Paul Allor!

In addition to being a writing alum of Comics Experience, Paul is also an alum of our Comic Book Editing & Project Management course, so we’re happy to see his first Image Comics editing gig hitting the stands.

Sheltered Inside CoverSheltered has been called a pre-apocalyptic tale of survival…at any cost. The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any-and-all end of world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons and training can’t save them from the one threat they never could have expected: their own children.

The title is written by Ed Brisson, with art by Johnnie Christmas, and colors by Shari Chankhamma, in addition to Paul’s edits.

Issue #1 of Sheltered hits comic books shops this Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

Congrats to Ed, Paul, and the entire Sheltered team!

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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!

 


Only 2 Slots Left for Intro Writing; Other courses filling up, too!

andy-bioAfter just posting about our slate of new course sections on Saturday, Andy Schmidt‘s Introduction to Comic Book Writing already only has 2 slots left as of this writing. If you want in, you might want to sign up soon.

Our other courses are open for enrollment, but filling up as well: Introduction to Comic Book Coloring, Introduction to Comic Book Art, and Comic Book Lettering and Production

PLEASE NOTE: The Intro to Writing class is a required prerequisite for our Advanced Classes in writing. Plan ahead, if you’d like to take our advanced courses next year!

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INTRODUCTION TO COMIC BOOK WRITING

Intro to Comic Book Writing will be taught by former Marvel and IDW Editor and writer, Andy Schmidt.

During his time at Marvel, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon, and edited hit titles such as X-Factor, the Annihilation saga, Alias, and more.

At IDW, he managed major franchises like GI Joe and Transformers. He is also the author of the Eagle Award-winning book, The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books.

workshop screenshotIn this six-week course, not only will you learn comic book writing from a pro, but the course will be packed with practical, real-world advice on the industry and “breaking in” to help you pursue your career in comics!

That’s why Comics Experience alum, Nick Spencer, tweeted:

For all aspiring comic pros asking for advice on craft/breaking in, I once again highly recommend Andy Schmidt’s @ComicExperience courses.

A few years ago, Nick had to move to New York City to take Comics Experience classes (check out his guest blog here to read that tale). But you don’t have to move, now that the courses are online. This one will sell out fast!

Introduction to Comic Book Writing with Andy Schmidt
Begins August 7, 2013!

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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.

We hope to see you in our courses or as part of our Creators Workshop community. Sign up 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!