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7 Week Online Course | Wednesdays, September 7 – October 26, 2016 | Skip Week October 5 | Instructor: Andy Schmidt

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Advanced Comic Book Writing: Super-Heroes & Science Fiction

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This seven-week course is one part dissection of both the super hero genre and the science fiction genre (and where they meet), one part advanced level comics writing skills, and one part doing the work. In this course, you’ll from former Marvel Comics editor Andy Schmidt, as he takes you through his process to get at great super hero and science fiction stories.

In addition to the hands-on aspects of the class, Andy also shines a light on the reality of the comics industry, the pros and cons of creating new heroes, working with classic ones, and trying to sell your ideas (and worlds) to publishers. This is an “all-access” course that’s honest, fair, and a ton of fun!

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  • You will work with professional comic book editor and writer Andy Schmidt.
  • You will develop a fully formed concept into a short script.
  • Course covers super-hero development, story development, and scripting.
  • You’ll get Andy’s wealth of experience and training.
  • Meets one night a week between 9:00 and 11:00 pm ET, for seven weeks.
  • You also get exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum.
  • You’ll have access to recordings of any class in the series for the duration of the class and a few weeks after its conclusion—so you never have to miss a class!
  • Simply click on the PayPal button and you’re enrolled.
  • Prepare yourself. This is one heck of a peek behind the curtain!
Andy Schmidt

Andy Schmidt, former Senior Editor at IDW Publishing, former Editor at Marvel Comics, and writer of such comics as 5 Days to Die, X-Men: Divided We Stand, and G.I. Joe: Future Noir launched Comics Experience for people who want to make comics or work in the comics industry.

During his nearly six years at Marvel Comics, Andy edited such popular comic books as X-Men, X-Factor, Alias, Secret War, Captain America: The Chosen, Iron Man / Captain America: Casualties of War, Avengers Classic, and the Annihilation saga. As an assistant and associate editor, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon—from Spider-Man to the Avengers and Fantastic Four.

In 2007, Andy founded Comics Experience to pass his knowledge on to students. In 2008, Andy wrote an authoritative, Eagle Award-winning book about making comics: The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books. In 2010, he created the Creators Workshop as part of Comics Experience, where students can learn and grow together as creators. In 2013, Andy left corporate life and began consulting and writing in the Entertainment Industry on properties such as Spider-ManThe AvengersGuardians of the GalaxyStar Wars, and Transformers as we all as consulting with film and television studios.

In January 2016, Comics Experience launched a digital-only comics line from Creators Workshop members available exclusively through ComiXology.

Andy is the co-host of the Comics Experience Make Comics Podcast and you can follow him on Twitter at @ComicExperience.

Why do I have to take the Introduction to Comic Book Writing course first?

The Intro course serves several functions, and many of them are necessary here. The reality is we’ve got a lot of new ground to cover in this course, so we need to make sure that everyone in this course has a base-line of understanding of certain things—the methodology taught in the intro class being a big one, but also a commonality of terms and some experience writing. We’re taking a big step forward, and it’s not fair to the rest of the class if we have to keep covering material from the first class to catch someone up.

How does this class differ from the Intro or other Advanced classes?

The Intro class offers up a ton of foundational material, and the other Advanced courses focus on your own series and first script, but this course offers brand new material that is entirely different from either class. We’re dealing with a different kind of writing and a different set of problem-solving skills.

Is there really a difference between writing a good script and writing a good script for a super-hero or a science fiction property?

Yes. Every genre has its own particular tropes, hurdles, and challenges. This course, while building upon and adding new techniques to the Intro course, also serves to drill down on super-heroes and science fiction in particular.

What happens if I can’t make a class one night? Can I make it up?

Have no fear—each class is recorded and you’ll have access to the recording for the duration of the entire class. If you miss one night, no problem! In fact, we have students from all over the world and it’s not uncommon for some to never attend a single session live—but they still get a great class experience through the recordings and interactions on the private class online forum!

Is there homework?

Yes. Each week there is an assignment that will help you build your story, characters and strategies! There’s no better way to learn than by doing!

How much interaction and feedback will I get with and from Andy personally?

As with all Comics Experience courses, one of the greatest aspects is the level of interaction you get from the instructor. This course is no different. Andy will be reviewing your work during the course and giving direct feedback. You’ll also receive feedback from your peers in the course. This is a hands-on course—for you, and for Andy!

What do I learn here that I can’t learn someplace else?

I’m glad you asked! With all of our courses, we pack a ton of information into every night. But we also do something that no other comics teaching institution does—we create our own methodology and approach to the creative experience and endeavor. In other words, the actual process that you’ll go through is not taught anywhere else and was specifically created for comics! Not movies or TV. Not novels or short stories—but for comics. And that’s why we are confident when we say that Comics Experience courses are simply the best courses about comics available today.

Prerequisite: You must have completed the Introduction to Comics Writing course to enroll in the Advanced class.

To participate in our live online sessions you will need:

  • A computer or mobile device that meets Adobe Connect’s minimum requirements
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Headphones/ear buds with microphone (optional, but strongly suggested)
  • A mind like a sponge!

Keith Salmon

“Andy Schmidt provides a repeatable process for beginners on making the first issue, the hardest issue, both coherent & entertaining.  Advice on approaching editors/ artists, working with them in a professional manner while advancing your own brand can be found in the Advanced Comic Book Writing: Super-Heroes & Science Fiction course.”