Master Seminar with Mark Waid: Comics Script Writing
Master comic book and New York Times bestselling writer Mark Waid (Captain America, Justice League, The Flash, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Empire) has crafted a career of taking classic characters and reimagining their adventures in new and fresh ways, as well as creating his own characters from scratch and telling some of the most exciting comics stories, both super-hero and creator-owned, of the last two and a half decades!
Join Mark and moderator Andy Schmidt (one of Mark’s editors at Marvel) for an in-depth look at how Mark approaches his writing work, from the correct mindset to his goals as a storyteller and how he achieves them.
You’ll also get keen insight into how Mark created the most successful comics writing career since Stan Lee. He’ll discuss the decisions he’s made along the way and how they led to both a successful career writing established characters. and his wildly popular creator-owned books. He’ll also discuss his publishing company Thrillbent—where his books like Empire and the whole Thrillbent line all became critical darlings.
Mark’s easy teaching style and near-infinite knowledge of storytelling make this Master Seminar an absolute can’t-miss for any writer at any level.
Along with Mark, Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt will co-host the event, 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!
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- Held Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9:00 AM Eastern time until approximately 3:00 PM Eastern time (with a short break).
- You will learn from lectures and direct questions with master writer Mark Waid.
- How to develop an idea into a story
- How to turn a story into a series
- How to craft a proposal
- How to pitch to publishers
- Managing a career in comics.
- How Mark approaches plotting, character work, and script writing.
- Mark’s biggest and most valuable pieces of advice on structure, building character and more.
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!
Mark Waid has written a wider variety of well-known characters than any other American comics author, from Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, Kingdom Come, is one of the best-selling comics of all time.
Mark’s runs on both The Flash and Captain America are considered high watermarks for each character. His work on Daredevil led the way for the book and Mark to receive multiple Eisner Awards and nominations.
Mark was a founding member of Gorilla Comics, helped build CrossGen into a powerful force in the industry, and has been a leading proponent of digital comics and taking advantage of the distinct capabilities that digital comics have to offer.
Mark started Thrillbent, a digital comics publisher for creator-owned comics, in 2013.
Mark is currently writing several high-profile comics for Marvel while writing his creator-owned series as well as running Thrillbent and managing a comic book store he owns. There’s simply no other comics writer more immersed the comics industry than Mark.
Andy Schmidt (Co-Host)
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-Man, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star 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.
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 wiz 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, and South America. Not Africa or Antarctica yet, but give us time! Many of these students have not been able to attend live due to the time difference, but they’ve all been happy to view the recordings!
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.
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!