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1 Day Online Course | Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 10AM - 4PM EST | Instructor: Kieron Gillen | Co-Host: Andy Schmidt

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Master Seminar with Kieron Gillen: Surviving Work for Hire

When Image released Kieron Gillen’s first book, Phonogram, in 2006, he presumed that – at the absolute best – he’d be a semi-underground creator, toiling in obscurity. More so – that’s what he wanted. That’s who he figured he was.

By the end of the decade, he was writing Uncanny X-Men. He was as surprised as everyone else.

Since then, he’s won awards. He’s written some of the biggest books in the industry. He’s made new characters popular enough to be spun off to their own books. He’s created huge creator-owned hits. Yet he’s still shocked when Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief calls him.

Kieron remains surprised he gets to do this. And as he’s still reeling about it, he’s thought about it extensively, and thinks he has useful answers for any writer. Especially as a writer who hopes to do good work in a system which is best described as a cross between “everything you wished for” and “a gleefully nightmarish machine that will eviscerate your hopes and dreams.”

To some, working for the Big Two is the dream. To others, it’s a means to the end. Whether you’re a dreamer, a cynic, or both, Kieron has things to tell you. Dig beneath truisms like “Be Good, Be On Time, Be Pleasant” to see how you can use Work for Hire as much as Work for Hire uses you.

In short: Horror stories! Moments of triumph! Things to do! Things not to do! LOTS OF THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER DO! In short: how to be the writer they want you to be – without becoming the writer who can’t look in the mirror.

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

Please see the tabs below for all the pertinent details, and remember, this Master Seminar is being offered ONE TIME ONLY. Don’t miss your chance to learn from a modern master!

Recommended for writers. Sign up today!

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

Online registration only. Click the PayPal button to enroll for just $295!

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  • Held Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10:00 AM Eastern time until approximately 4:00 PM Eastern time (with a short break)
  • You will learn from lectures and direct questions with master writer Kieron Gillen

Topics include:

  • Planning your career, both critically and commercially
  • How to pitch and when not to
  • How to plan a story, and what to do when a major crossover crashes into it
  • Why the job isn’t professional fanfic, alas
  • When to say “Yes” and when to say “No”
  • Everything he knows about the writing of serial 20-page American comic books
  • Amusing horror stories, and how to survive them

You’ll have access to a recording of the seminar for two full weeks after it’s held—including the Q&A portion.

Again, this is an exclusive, one-time-only Master Seminar!

Simply click on the PayPal button and you’re enrolled!

Online registration only: To attend the Master Seminar with Kieron Gillen: Surviving Work for Hire, you must register online. Enrollment is limited!

Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen first entered the American comic market in 2006 with Phonogram: Rue Britannia, the critically-acclaimed cult comic with his long time artistic collaborator Jamie McKelvie.

Since 2008, Kieron has worked for a variety of American publishers, most extensively Marvel, for whom he has written commercially and critically successful books such as Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Young Avengers, Journey Into Mystery, Star Wars: Darth Vader and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. He’s basically written every character you’ve heard of, and probably quite a few you haven’t.

After their GLAAD Award-winning reinvention of Young Avengers, Kieron and Jamie McKelvie managed to create the New York Times best-selling creator-owned sensation The Wicked + The Divine.

Kieron is in a position where he gets to split his time between his own projects and whatever Work for Hire projects appeal – presently Star Wars for Marvel.

He is brave enough to entitle this Master Seminar “Surviving Work for Hire” while being entirely aware that this is probably jinxing it.


Andy Schmidt (Co-Host)

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.

Do I need to know a whole lot about comics?

Absolutely not. This is a course about creating and writing comics. It’s an in-depth discussion, but we strive to make sure that our conversational tone is inclusive to our wide range of attendees’ experience.

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

No, but you do 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.

What if I can’t attend at the last minute? Can I make it up?

This is a one-time master seminar so there is no way to make it up, but if you have enrolled, you will have access to a recording of the session for two weeks after it’s held to review as many times as you like!

What computer programs do I need for this course?

None at all. Though we will talk about some programs, you’re not going to be asked to use any of them during the seminar.

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!

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 the Master Seminar right for me?

Sure it is! This seminar is a great way to learn a ton about comics, how they’re made, and the thought process behind them. It could really change the way you read comics—for the better. We’d love to have you!

How do I sign up?

Click on the PayPal button for this course and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to attend the Master Seminar.

Go ahead and reserve your spot today! Space is limited.

Prerequisite: None! All are welcome!

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 mind like a sponge!

Online registration only: To attend the Master Seminar with Kieron Gillen: Surviving Work for Hire, you must register online. Enrollment is limited.*

*We do not currently offer refunds after enrollment.