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Comic Book art

6 Week Online Course | Wednesdays, September 6 – October 11, 2017 | Instructor: Robert Atkins

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Introduction to Comic Book Art

Be a comic book artist! Renowned comic book penciler Robert Atkins (Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimatum Fantastic Four: Requiem, G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes) teaches you how to improve your storytelling, what the professional standards are, how to avoid common pitfalls, how to build a great cover, and strategies for breaking into the business!

You’ll complete five pages of sequential comics pages under the guidance of your instructor and you’ll get all the behind the scenes tips he can pack into six weeks.

And best of all, Comics Experience maintains a fun and creative environment built on positive reinforcement and encouragement. This is a safe place to bring your work and grow. You’ll get honest feedback meant to help move you forward.

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  • The course meets once a week between 9:30 and 11:30 pm EST, for six weeks.
  • You will complete five pages of sequential pages under Robert’s guidance.
  • You’ll get all of Robert’s best tips and training.
  • 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!
  • You’ll get bonus videos compiled by Robert for added lessons and content! These mean more in-class learning!
  • Simply click on the PayPal button and you’re enrolled.
  • This course fulfills the requirement to take Advanced Comic Book Art: Storytelling! 

The class size is limited keep the course intimate and ensure that every student gets the attention he or she deserves.

Robert Atkins

Robert Atkins has established himself in the comic book industry, known for his penciling work on military action in books such as G.I. JoeSnake Eyes, as well as superhero titles such as Amazing Spider-Man, Venom and Heroes for Hire. After earning his M.F.A. in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005, Robert immediately started working in comics.

Along with Robert’s comic work, he’s built up a portfolio and clientele of commercial art and product lines including package art for Hasbro: NERF, Star Wars: Black Series action figures, Marvel Legends, and many other toy lines! Robert is also working on video game concept illustration and environments for Playful Games. Anyone that has taken any of Robert’s classes can attest to his sheer passion for artwork and teaching!

Like all of Comics Experience’s instructors, Robert is not just a top professional in his field; he’s also an accomplished teacher as well. After graduating and then teaching at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Robert has also developed an official mentorship program for the school that has placed a number of students in the art industries’ workforce. And now Comics Experience is pleased to be able to pass that working knowledge on to you!


I don’t know much about comic book art, is that okay?

Absolutely. We created these courses to appeal to comic enthusiasts of all kinds. Beginners and old pros alike. Our friendly staff are very good at teaching to your level and helping you raise that level each and every week.

I’m an old pro, can this class help me?

We firmly believe that one should always be learning, no matter how successful or how popular. And if you’ve been at this for a number of years, we’re bound to have some fresh perspectives that will enlighten you and help improve your game.

I don’t really want to BE a comic book artist, but I like comic book art. Is this the class for me?

You are under no real pressure to complete the active homework assignments. We encourage you to do so because it enhances your own learning. But if you just want to get into the mindset or gain a better understanding of how to look at and evaluate the art you see in your hobby, then we think you’ll be astounded by all the thought, preparation, and skill that goes into making a rock solid comic book page.

What if I miss a class? Can I make it up?

While our class meetings are live, all the classes are also recorded and posted. You’ll have access to all the class sessions for the entire duration of the class and a few weeks after it ends. And if you have any questions after viewing it, you can always post those on the dedicated class member-only online forum for your instructor to answer.

Does the course cover anything else?

Sure! Besides teaching the methodology on how to approach that blank white page, we also cover industry-related topics like strategies on breaking in and networking within the comics community.

How do I get notified after I’ve clicked on the PayPal button?

You will receive an email confirmation at the address linked to your PayPal account, usually within 24 hours.

Is there any learning in between class meetings?

There sure is! You and your classmates will have exclusive access to a class member-only online forum, where you can talk with each other, interact with your instructor, and post your art for review as well as review others’ art. And we can’t stress enough how important reviewing other art really is—how much YOU learn by doing it. The class forum is open 24/7 while class is in session.

This course fulfills the requirement to take Advanced Comic Book Art: Storytelling! 

To participate in our live online sessions you will need:

  • A computer or mobile device that meets Go To Meeting’s minimum requirements
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Headphones/ear buds with microphone (optional, but strongly suggested)
  • A scanner is recommended so that it is easier for you to share your art to get constructive criticism from your classmates and from Robert himself.
  • Your Artist Hat!

Ryan Otto

I  just finished the intro to comic book art course, with Robert Atkins teaching. This was such a great course, it really gave me the tools understand and create comic book art. Robert is a really amazing teacher, how he explained every body part and how it all fits together.”


Gannon Beck

Professional Artist, Comics Experience Creators Workshop Moderator

“Robert is an amazing illustrator who has worked on titles for Marvel, DC and IDW. Incidentally, his teaching is on par with his art… Robert has the uncanny ability to make artists feel good about what they have produced even while covering their art in corrections… At the end of a critique, rather than feel bad that I didn’t do the art better, I felt invigorated to have new artistic weapons in my arsenal. As a result of Robert’s instruction, I left every class a better artist. I don’t consider myself a great artist yet, but I feel that I’ve been firmly placed on the path to become one. That’s what a great teacher does. Now, if anyone asks me who my favorite teacher is I can tell them: It’s Robert Atkins.”


Neil Brady

“I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Atkins’ Intro to Comic Book Art class. Robert is a very good teacher and explains a lot in great detail and is always willing to help beyond the class, if necessary. He is very patient and has great humor. I live in the UK and, although it’s early hours of the morning here when the class is held, it is well worth staying up for!”


Jason Folkes

“I enjoyed the Intro to Art class so much, I decided to take the Figure Drawing class, too. I don’t think anything speaks more than someone paying to take another class. I feel like I learned a lot of very valuable info and was super impressed with the teachings of Mr. Atkins. I don’t ever remember having a teacher with his level of enthusiasm. He has almost an infectious excitement I found very refreshing. I found the Intro to Art class very challenging but, at the end, it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.”


Ken Frederick

Student, now Professional Comic Artist

“The Introduction to Comic Art class was a fantastic experience for me! It was a thrill to draw pages from actual comic book scripts and get feedback and advice from a working editor. The instructor, Mike Siglain, was incredibly generous with his time and genuinely wants his students to succeed. My classmates and I keep in touch with him to this day. The friendships and networking opportunities from this class were so much more than I expected. The artists from my Introduction to Comic Book Art course got together with the writers from the Introduction to Comic Book Writing course and we self-published an anthology book together. Today, we are working on another anthology and have lots of projects planned for the future. Needless to say, the class was worth every penny!!”


Deborah Fritz

“I am so glad I took this class. I have learned so much in a short time; just by doing, feedback, observation, and critique. I cannot say enough great things about Robert Atkins. He is approachable, honest, helpful, recommends resources, encouraging (I really needed that), highly talented, caring, and I am missing a lot more adjectives. Thank you for offering this class with a terrific teacher. I do hope to take more classes taught by Robert.”


Kerith Hopper

“You have struck gold with Mr. Atkins! It is quite a coup to find an accomplished artist that is also adept at teaching. Two very different skill sets, yet he manages them both seamlessly. He is amazingly approachable, and takes time with each student, offering an individualized experience. He shares freely and gives so much. In just moments and with the smallest tweak, he offers a completely new perspective and deeper level of understanding. I marveled watching him. He is so down to earth. He breaks the material down in a way that confusing and daunting things become natural and easily understood. I took more than I could have imagined away with me from the course.”


Seth Martel

“(Robert Atkins) really is a patient teacher whose lessons engage all skill levels and personality types. There’s something for everyone week to week. He’s a really valuable resource to Comics Experience.”


Shannon Miller

“I just completed Intro to Art and it was a wonderful experience! I’ve taken some studio art classes but am new to making comics, so I was a little hesitant to take the class but I’m so glad I did! I learned so much, both from Robert and the other students. The constructive criticism and positive atmosphere has given me the confidence and motivation to get serious about creating my own comics.”


Colin Prichett

“I wanted to thank Comics Experience and Robert Atkins for the Intro to Art class. Combine Robert’s affable personality and a very effective teaching style and it made for a highly informative and very enjoyable experience. It was a revelation to me how easily [Robert] was able to work with both his and the student’s art to demonstrate rather than just tell. That’s an invaluable educational experience — to be able to see exactly what he’s thinking rather than just trying to describe it really emphasized the work. Bottom line, I was quite shocked at the quality of the course. Based on that experience, I will always be recommending the course to those interested in comics.”


Rocky Richmond

“Robert Atkins is a great instructor. Where else can you learn from a professional comic book artist active in the industry like Robert Atkins? Through this class you really get the feel and understanding of what actually takes place in the comic book world. I also like how the forums are set up. I like looking at other participants’ artwork and original stories. Thanks again for a great class.”


Stuart Roddy

“Robert Atkins’ Intro to Comic Art was the ‘right’ class for me. Six weeks of hands on instruction on storytelling, anatomy, composition and pencilling techniques showed the possibilities of comic art. Informative and insightful from beginning to end.

I’m pretty picky about spending money on education because of a tight budget, (wife and kids!) but I would do it again. Robert is a great teacher and I’m thinking of joining his class again… so hopefully it will work out. Thank you for creating the workshops, I really enjoy them when I get a chance to.”


Chris Shehan

“Comics Experience to me is like sitting in a room with Robert Atkins once a week while he pours all his knowledge and experience and thought process out for me to see and learn from while he also explains in depth how to amp up my own work to the level required to be a professional. It’s not just a critique or a lesson, it’s an experience. Just like the name says.”


Matt Simich

“Robert Atkins was a great teacher. He was always an open book when it came to our questions. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed myself every Thursday evening. This business is like Fort Knox when trying to get in. This class gave me hope and confidence that with dedication and perseverance I can do it.”


Jimmy So

“Robert Atkins really helped me understand the work it takes to be a comic book professional and how the industry functions. The students were very diverse and at different skill levels and Robert was able to give each student the one-on-one time to improve on their specific needs. He opened my eyes on being a better storyteller and I look forward to taking his Advanced class.”


Seth Teter

“I can’t tell you enough how amazing Robert Atkins’s ‘Intro to Art’ class was. It has been a phenomenal experience for me personally. I am a fanboy/novice and I learned buckets of mind-blowing information to use for future endeavors. Robert’s storytelling advice and knowhow has just been eye opening … and a rich learning experience. If he teaches a final rendering/anatomy/character design class I would take it in a heartbeat. His teaching style, and critiques have helped me immensely. I can’t say enough about Robert. I am a teacher and you can tell he knows how to work with students. He mentioned his wife is a teacher. It must run in the family. Again, please consider more classes to be taught by him. He is FANTASTIC!”


Daniel Toledo

“Robert Atkins’ Intro to Comic Book Art class was REALLY GREAT. I learned so much about drawing a comic, storytelling, and the industry. Robert gave great critiques/advice about my and everyone else’s work. I’ll for sure take the class again and the Advanced course as well.”


Achilles Yeldell

“This past February, I submitted my artwork at the DC Talent Search. The following day, I went to the convention, confident I’d be on the list for a one-on-one session… After all, I had spent months working on those three pages!

My not seeing my name on the board was a life changing moment. The ‘rejection’ wasn’t even the hardest part. It was the not knowing why my pages weren’t good enough. Books help; I’d already read plenty of them. But there are thousands of factors specific to a writer and artist that play into their work.

Enter Comics Experience. There’s a huge gap between the guy who’s drawing his favorite heroes in his favorite poses and the guy who’s submitting stuff that meets the standard of the industry. Your classes proved to be the perfect step to closing that gap.”


Steve Sluyter

“I really enjoyed taking the intro to art class. I learned a lot and Robert is a great teacher. I’ve recommended it to my artist friends.”