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5 Week Online Course | Mondays, September 15 – October 13, 2014 | Instructor: Andy Schmidt

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Professional Techniques: Advanced Narrative and Storytelling Skills

You want to be the best? Take this course!

It’s really that simple. The course is open to all comics writers and it covers narrative techniques such as panel count, panel shape and size, double-page spreads, parallel narratives, choosing your narrator, “show don’t tell,” texts as imagery, and much more!

Not only will you learn directly from Andy Schmidt (X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Captain America, Annihilation), live and online, but you’ll also be given assignments each week that will help you embed the week’s lessons and fully add the tools to your writing arsenal!

You’ll have access to our dedicated course message board where you’ll be able to review each others’ work and receive feedback from the instructor.

If you want to be the best you can be, this is a must-take course, offered for the first time right now!

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  • Instructor
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  • Requirements
  • Course meets between 9:00 and 11:00 pm EST, for five weeks
  • You will learn from best-selling and highly respected editor and writer Andy Schmidt (X-Men, Avengers, G.I. Joe)
  • You’ll get Andy’s lessons and lectures and discussions
  • You also get exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum
  • You’ll have access to recordings of all classes in the series for the duration of the course and a few weeks after its conclusion—so you never have to miss a class
  • There will be weekly assignments reviewed by the instructor
  • Class size is limited to keep it awesome!
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.

How unique is this course really?

To our knowledge, there is no other place to get a course like this for comics writers, and we’ve searched pretty far and wide! We could be wrong, of course, but as Comics Experience is the leader for online comic book courses, we’re confident you won’t find a better course, taught by a professional instructor, and in such a passionate community.

What if I’ve never written a comic book before?

Have no fear. This course is geared for the beginner as well as the experienced creator. Unlike the Introduction to Comic Book Writing course, which builds week to week, this course’s topics function independently from one another in many ways. That means that you won’t need to know everything taught in the Intro course to be able to participate and excel in this one. In other words, basic comics writing knowledge is not required. Jump on in—you’ll be fine!

Besides listening to Andy prattle on and on, what do I actually do in this course?

You’ll be given assignments each week based on the topics covered. You’ll discuss the course and the work of your fellow classmates (and your own) on the dedicated message boards. It’s as intensive as you want it to be, but the learning potential in this course is huge!

What do I do after the class?

Once the course is over, you’ll have been taught how to do amazing things in comic book scripts—so start writing comics! And if you haven’t already, sign up for that Introduction to Comic Book Writing course from Comics Experience! (We hear it’s fantastic.)

What else will we be doing?

In addition to talking with Andy and my classmates 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.

The forum is where you’ll be able to post your work for your class to review, comment on, and make suggestions. And likewise, you’ll be asked to comment on your fellow students’ stories as well. You’ll problem-solve together and find new ways to bend the minds of your readers!

Do I need to know a whole lot about comics?

Absolutely not. All introduction level 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!

It’s simple; once you’re in your first class, we’re sure you’ll get comfortable very quickly. Do check the “Requirements” tab to see specific system requirements.

What computer programs do I need for this course?

None. Our system has a plug-in, so you don’t need anything. Although a word processor of some kind is recommended—and you will, of course, need Internet access.

When does the class meet and for how long?

The Professional Techniques: Advanced Narrative and Storytelling Skills course meets once a week for five 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, Africa, and South America—that’s every inhabited continent on the planet! Some of these students have not been able to attend live, but they’ve viewed the recordings and interacted with their classmates online, getting everything they can out of the courses.

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.

There simply is no better course offered on professional techniques for comics writers—on the Internet or live. This is the best—period. If you want to make comics for fun or become a pro, your comics career starts here. Go ahead and reserve your spot today. Space is limited.

There are NO PREREQUISITES for this course! You can sign up right away!

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…