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6 Week Online Course | Wednesdays, July 15 – August 19, 2015 | Instructor: Andy Schmidt

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Introduction to Comic Book Writing

In Andy’s six-week intensive class for writers, you’ll learn all the necessary tools and tricks for not only telling great stories, but for doing so in the comics medium—the language of comics, how to format your scripts, the tools of the trade! You’ll also learn about the industry as a whole, tips for breaking in, and the pros and cons of self-publishing! Andy’s course has proven effective for several years and hundreds of students including Marvel and DC Comics writer and Morning Glories creator Nick Spencer, IDW Editor Bobby Curnow, and Valiant and former Marvel Editor Jody LeHeup.

You will conceive, outline, write—and rewrite—a complete 5-page comic book script, just the way the pros do it! If you’ve ever dreamt of writing your own comic, or want to improve your existing skills, this is the course for you.

Learn Comic Writing from renowned comics writer and editor Andy Schmidt. Andy has both edited and written for Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing.

During the course, you’ll take your story from its most basic elements and build them up into a fully realized story ready to hand to an artist or publisher.

Space is limited, so don’t delay—sign up for the course today!

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  • You will work with professional comic book editor and writer Andy Schmidt.
  • You will write a complete 5-page comic script under Andy’s expert guidance.
  • You’ll get Andy’s wealth of experience and training.
  • Meets one night a week between 9:00 and 11:00 pm EST, for six 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!
  • You only need to bring your brain—the rest is provided.

Online registration only: If you want to attend Introduction to Comic Book Writing, you must register online. Enrollment is limited!

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 and Challenger Deep, launched Comics Experience for people who want to make comics, people who want to work in the comics industry, and those who just want to know more about the fantastic medium of comics.

During his nearly six years at Marvel Comics, Andy edited such popular comic books as X-Men, X-FactorAliasSecret WarCaptain America: The ChosenIron Man / Captain America: Casualties of WarAvengers 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.

Andy’s “tour of duty” also led him to work with the top writers and artists in the comics industry from Stan Lee to Brian Michael Bendis and from John Romita Jr. to David Finch and Steve McNiven. After leaving Marvel, Andy launched a new career of writing and editing, and founded Comics Experience to pass his knowledge on to students.

Andy was also the Senior Editor at IDW Publishing in charge of such popular franchises as G.I. Joe and Transformers. Additionally, he still found the time to write for Boom Studios, IDW, and others, as well as writing an authoritative, Eagle Award-winning book about making comics: The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books.

Andy is currently the President and Publisher of Comics Experience as well as a successful comics, video game, and prose writer, having written for Marvel, IDW, Boom Studios!, Activision, Disney Interactive, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and more. He lives in California with his wife and two sons.

Follow him on Twitter at @ComicExperience.


The course meets online, once a week for two hours, over a period of six weeks This intensive course focuses on crafting a relatable and concise story over five pages. The challenge of the five-page limit is part of what makes the course so effective.

During the course, you’ll take your story from its most basic elements and build them up into a fully realized story ready to hand to an artist or publisher.

What’s the focus of the course?

The classes themselves focus on as much information about storytelling and comic books as Andy can pack into six weeks. He starts with teaching how to distill a story down to its most basic elements, trimming away the fat, and then building it back up from there with a clear, unifying vision from the author.

From there, expanding out on characters and world-building, Andy shows you how to build those elements into a comic book script. In your story’s infancy, it could develop into any medium, but we’re talking about comics and that’s exactly what Andy does. He helps you develop your story into something that will work as a dramatic (or hilarious or tragic) comic book. He teaches how to communicate with your artist as well as your reader. He covers how to write action, how to write dialogue and how to keep your story fresh.

As you workshop your story, you’ll learn a step-by-step methodology from Andy that is completely repeatable, so you don’t have to take the course again (though you’re welcome to!).

By course’s end, you’ll have a five-page comic book script and you’ll know what to do with it!

How did Andy create the course?

Andy’s process has been developed primarily by three major influences:

The first is his long experience teaching. Prior to his work in comics, Andy taught both High School and College level courses while getting his masters degree in Media Communications. The years spent teaching and creating curriculum have put him in the unique position of being both a professional instructor as well as a professional comics creator and editor.

Secondly, Andy spent much of his time in New York City and at Marvel meeting and learning from the best creators in the business. He spent as much time as he possibly could absorbing all the knowledge from his fellow editors, publishers, production artists, and of course, the creators he would speak with every day. People like Klaus Janson, Walter Simonson, John Romita Jr., Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, David Finch, Steve McNiven, Mark Millar, Dan Slott, Peter David, and many more. Through them, working with them and learning from them, Andy really began to put pieces together for a methodology that he could teach.

Lastly, Andy’s own work has influenced his approach. Developing his own writing skills and techniques through trial and error have been immensely helpful in crafting tips, skills, and processes that can help writers at all levels of experience.

What else do I learn?

Andy’s course also covers many important industry topics for writers, like how to go about finding an artist for your story, how to become excellent at networking, how to get your foot in the door, what it takes to self-publish, and more.

There is no better way to learn comic writing or how to make comics than Comics Experience’s Introduction to Comic Book Writing.

What else will we be doing?

In addition to talking with Andy during the class sessions (and they are recorded if you have to miss one or more) you’ll also have exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum where your class can meet online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the duration of the course.

And the forum is where you’ll be able to post your work for your classmates to review, comment on, and make suggestions. And likewise, you’ll be asked to comment on your fellow students’ stories as well. The single best way to improve your own writing skills is to read and critique others and here you’ll be able to do that and have conversations with each other about them. You’ll problem solve together and find new ways to write and work around plot holes and other story challenges.

What do I do after the class?

Once the course is over, you’ll have been taught how to approach comic book stories not just a set of steps for one specific story. It’s important that the writer be able to repeat the process once out of the classroom!

You’ll be able to confidently approach a story idea, knowing you can flesh it out from the smallest seed and into a working script.

Many classmates decide to produce an anthology upon completion, but this is entirely optional.

Do I need to know a whole lot about comics?

Absolutely not. All Introduction courses are designed for total beginners and those seeking to improve their craft. The class has a quick pace, so if you’re very new, be prepared to work, but one thing we pride ourselves on at Comics Experience is our ability to teach to an individual’s skill level.

These courses aren’t about the instructor, and that’s why we keep them small. We have an excellent track record with our students, and it’s our top aim to keep it that way. So, new to comics? Come on in, we’d love to show you around! Old pro? Let’s sharpen those skills and learn a few new tricks! Everyone’s welcome, and the group learning will help everyone improve!

Do I need to be a computer wiz for the class?

Nope. Not one bit. You need to have high-speed Internet access. We recommend that you have headphones with a microphone to plug into your computer, but that’s by no means necessary. Ultimately, you don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, though we like hearing your voice!

Once you’re in your first class, we’re sure you’ll get comfortable very quickly.

What computer programs do I need for this course?

None! Just the Internet access and you’re good to go! Of course, a word processing program like MS Word would probably be good…

When does the class meet and for how long?

The Introduction to Writing class meets once a week for six weeks. It meets between 9:00 pm EST and 11:00 pm EST. The course is held live.

What if I miss a class?

All of our classes are recorded and available to view via streaming link for the duration of the course. And on top of that, you’ll have exclusive access to the Comics Experience forum set up just for the class. You’ll be able to interact with the rest of your class all week long at any time!

If I don’t live in the United States, can I still take the course?

You bet. We’ve had students jump in from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa. Not Antarctica yet, but give us time!Some of these students have not been able to attend live, but they’ve viewed the recordings and interacted with their classmates online!

Learning about comic storytelling is great, but do we get any practical industry advice?

You’ll get a LOT of practical industry advice. Networking is one of our main topics in all of our introductory courses. It’s, simply put, essential for anyone who wants a career in comics. We discuss relationship building and ways to get your foot in the door and where to go to meet the right people and so on.

If I don’t want a career in comics, and just like making comics or even just want to learn more about the art form I love, is this class right for me?

Sure it is! How better to expand your knowledge and understanding of comics than by engaging with creators? And that’s what most of our students are—they’re creators. It’s a great place to learn just for fun if you wish too. We’d love to have you!

How do I sign up?

Click on the PayPal button and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to get started with the course.

Whether you want to write comics for fun or become a pro, your comics career starts here. Go ahead and reserve your spot today! Space is limited.

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!

 Do I need to be a computer wiz for the class?

Nope. Not one bit. You need to have high-speed Internet access. We recommend that you have headphones with a microphone to plug into your computer, but that’s by no means necessary. Ultimately, you don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, though we like hearing your voice!

Once you’re in your first class, we’re sure you’ll get comfortable very quickly.

What computer programs do I need for this course?

None! Just the Internet access and you’re good to go! Of course, a word processing program like MS Word would probably be good…

Online registration only: If you want to attend Introduction to Comic Book Writing, you must register online. Enrollment is limited.*

*We do not currently offer refunds after enrollment.

Ben Boyce

“This class has been awesome and I learned a ton. The class has been invaluable, teaching us not only about the craft of writing, but about everything else that surrounds it; giving us a foundation and a process we can all rely upon in the future. I have also really learned the value of honest, analytical feedback from your peers! I’m definitely taking more courses in the future and I want to become a Workshop member for sure!”


Dan Liebke

“Thank you, Andy. I signed up to the first course as a bit of a treat to myself to learn more about creating in a medium I love. And I had such a fantastic time and learned so much that I hung around for two extra classes.

So thanks again for all your time and knowledge. I’ve had a ball.”


Aniz Adam Ansari

DC Comics Assistant Editor

“I took the Comics Experience Writing course with you last Fall. The fundamentals I learned at Comics Experience gave me the foundation to assert myself and navigate my way through the comics industry with confidence. It also gave me a level of credibility, that I wouldn’t have had otherwise, that I feel made a significant difference. Don’t be surprised if you hear me enthuse the value of what I learned from COMICS EXPERIENCE (and the MAKE COMICS podcast for that matter!) to new and aspiring creators for years to come!”


Kerith Hopper

“I have to say that taking your classes has really changed my creative life. I have for years and years had ideas, notes, rambling journal entries, etc with no idea of what to do with them. I have tried for so long, looking for help from somewhere. Now, I have done something I have never done before with my writing, I have finished something! More importantly I can take what I have learned and use it to complete something else. You weren’t handing out fish, you were teaching us to catch our own. I can’t tell you how much I have gotten from your courses. I feel like I stumbled across some amazing secret when I found your website. I would recommend your courses without reservation to anyone!”


Tod Pleasant

“I sat down today to start a script and it soon stuck me how much of what I was doing has been influenced by the Intro to Writing class. I just wanted to say thanks, and that I look forward to coming back for the Advanced Writing.”


Adam Davis

“Thank you very much for the critiques. All of them make a lot of sense and are good catches. I’ve had a blast in these three classes and I look forward to growing as a writer in the workshop.

Thank you again for the awesome experience. Very glad I found Comics Experience.”


Paul Allor

Professional Comics Writer–IDW Publishing, Challenger Comics, Gov't Comics

“Before I found Comics Experience, I knew I wanted to be a comic book writer, but I had no idea how to make it happen. No idea what editors were looking for, no idea how the industry worked, no idea how to market myself, no idea how to format a comic script.

Comics Experience gave me all these skills. It also gave me an incredible group of women and men who are all working towards the same goal. The Creators Workshop members are a tremendous resource, for support, for guidance and for advice.

This isn’t to say that “breaking in” will be easy. It still takes talent, and determination, and more than a little luck. But with Comic Experience’s help, it’s gone from feeling like a pipe dream to feeling like a realistic, attainable goal. I am so happy to be on this journey, and so proud to be a part of the Comics Experience community.”


Ivan Antonio

“I’ve always wanted to work with comics in some capacity, and Andy Schmidt’s Intro to Comic Book Writing made me realize that I have the potential to break in. The course’s hands-on approach, which makes the students actually create while respecting a deadline, makes for an invaluable experience that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Learning the nuts and bolts from an actual editor with tons of experience and behind-the-curtain knowledge is priceless. Having your ideas and process constantly reviewed by Andy is going to improve your writing by leaps and bounds for the duration of the course. Speaking from personal experience, I was impressed by how clear and professional my final assignment looked, and Andy’s guidance was vital for me to reach this level of polish. The course was absolutely worth it and I’m already saving up for the Advanced Class!”


Wanda Beck

“For the past two years, my husband has been asking me to work on a comic with him. I wasn’t opposed to the idea, but I didn’t know anything about comics. I didn’t even know how to get started. There’s so much stuff out there, and it was very overwhelming. My husband recommended that I take Andy’s Intro to Writing Course, and I’m so glad that I did. Now I feel like I have a firm foundation, a really good jumping off place. Andy has created a very nurturing and informative environment, not just in the class but on the message boards as well. I highly recommend this course for anyone who has an interest in writing comics.”


Gary Cohen

Writer/Artist, Editor inkbot.net

“Andy Schmidt is an excellent teacher and a talented editor. He will offer you honest, concise feedback on your work along with helpful suggestions and direction on how to improve it. The class is well organized with great content and insight from a working professional. An added benefit is you will meet other people who are passionate about comics who you will remain in contact with personally and professionally.”


Jon Conrad

“What a huge improvement I see in the quality of my work since the beginning of the course… I hope to attend more of your courses in the near future. I am invigorated by your expert tutelage, and am comfortable in knowing that Intro to Comic Book Writing has made all the difference in my desire to enjoy comic book stories in this totally new way; as a creator and not just as a reader.”


Ray Crisara

“Andy’s class provides an incredible insight into what it takes to work in the industry. Besides learning the nuts and bolts aspect of what goes into good storytelling, Andy gives a great foundation on how to make contacts in the industry, as well as the etiquette required with those contacts. And it’s all supported with entertaining examples of his actual experience in the industry. So whether you’re an aspiring writer, trying to figure out how to break into comic book writing, or a comic book fan who wants to hear some insider stories about some of your favorite creators, this class is a must.”


Eric Drumm

Professional Comics Journalist and Writer

“I had known Andy from my days as a writer for Marvel.com. I had known him to be a very welcoming, nice guy who would talk comics with you and give the proper respect to the work we were discussing. When I heard that Andy was offering a comics writing course, I literally dropped what I was doing and signed up. In my writing, I had always had trouble with pacing and story structure, which would stop me cold when trying to put my story into words. Through Andy’s guidance and the support of my classmates, the skills I learned in such a short amount of time have been extremely beneficial. The easy, laid back workshop atmosphere allowed us to do our own thing, which was balanced nicely with the challenging class work. Overall, taking this class was a very smart first step in my comics writing career, and I recommend it to everyone very highly.”


Sean Patrick Flahaven

Playwright, Composer, Arranger/Orchestrator, and Producer of over 50 shows, concerts, and recordings on and off-Broadway

“Andy Schmidt’s class was incredibly valuable; it covered both the basics of comics writing and strategies for dealing with editors and publishers. As an experienced dramatic writer and longtime fan who has recently turned to writing for comics, Andy’s insights, professionalism, and easygoing manner were refreshing. I would highly recommend his class.”


Tim Fontaine

“To say that I’ve learned a lot in this class would be an understatement. The Comics Experience class gave me the tools that helped put the comic-writing puzzle together for me.”


William Gatevackes

“Andy Schmidt is everything you want in a teacher. He explains everything you need to know in a way that is easy to understand yet does not insult your intelligence. I really learned a lot from him and would highly recommend him as a teacher.”


Steven Harries

“I like the informality and the humor [of the courses] which creates a very comfortable environment (even for British introverts like myself!) whilst providing a wonderfully intense learning experience. Most classes finished near 4am my time but I was always more awake than I had been two hours earlier, my head spinning with possibilities. The balance between encouraging creativity and hard practicalities feels spot on.”


Justin Heggs

“The last few days have been great comic-wise, the last class was great and very energizing. I also listened to your ifanboy interview twice today at work. I do construction and I’m basically my own boss, so I made an executive decision today and after listening to the interview again, left work early to go home and write. I love talking about comics, and this week has been very inspiring to say the least.”


Ian Hewlett

“I really enjoyed the course – just the first class would have made it worth it. Breaking down the story process to stay focused on one main idea really resonated with me. I already owned your book (and Peter David’s and Denny O’Neil’s) — so I had been exposed to some of the course material. But attending (or watching if I couldn’t make it) the actual classes put a lot of the elements together for me. I was surprised that writing became ‘fun’ again even with the edits I had to do to the script (project management and academic type writing has turned into a burdensome chore). The pitch elements and behind-the-scenes viewpoint were phenomenal. I’ve gone from a curious if I can do it comics writer to seriously considering a moonlighting ‘career’ of sorts.”


Matt Hoverman

Award-winning playwright

“I loved this class! Andy, an experienced Marvel Editor, showed us how to come up with a strong idea for a comic book script, and then — through the same step-by-step outlining process that real Marvel pro’s use — how to develop it from an outline into a fully realized, 5-page comic book script. He also clued us in on the best ways to get our scripts in front of top editors and publishers, and he trained us in the invaluable skill of pitching our ideas. His keen editorial eye and accessible, structured teaching style were greatly enhanced by his fascinating and often hilarious personal anecdotes about what really goes down in the Marvel bullpen. If one or two of the scripts in a twelve-student class were good, you could attribute it to the students’ talent. But if ALL the students’ scripts were great — and in our class, they all were — you gotta hand it to the teacher. If you want to write or draw professionally for comics, Andy Schmidt’s classes are a must!”


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