Individual Training

Advanced Comic Book Art ClassMentoring: One-on-One
Instruction

In some cases, more personalized attention is needed, either to help a particular creator grow or to help the creator with his or her particular project. This goal-oriented program has proven successful for many creators, and may be just the thing you or your project needs!

In these one-on-one, conference phone call sessions, you'll meet with your professional mentor and plan out a path to success to achieve your individual and specific goals. And your mentor is there to help all along the way, scheduling calls when needed. Many of our students tell us the calls are not only extremely helpful, but often inspiring as well. Our mentoring sessions are geared to teach you how to overcome obstacles all on your own—it's not our objective to keep you coming back forever. Like all good mentors, we hope to see you flying high all on your own!

Look at the details in the tabs below and you'll see that we've got just the mentor to help you through the comics industry landscape!

Email info@comicsexperience.com to inquire about availability of our mentors.

  • Mentorships vary from individual to individual, so you'll meet with the same mentor every time unless you choose to switch for a different perspective.
  • Look on the "Mentors" tab above to see which mentor is right for you.
  • Each call with your mentor lasts for one hour.
  • There is a minimum purchase of three, one-hour calls at a time.
  • The calls do NOT expire and are scheduled, as you need them, at your pace.
  • The time of your mentor is valuable, and he or she will work with you to help plan how to maximize the use of the mentor’s time—and your budget. We make our best effort to keep your budget as low as possible.
  • See the FAQ about pre-reads and notes on documents and artwork.
  • Please note that prices vary from mentor to mentor.
  • Mentorship programs are extremely limited and schedules fill up quickly. They are subject to availability.

If you're ready to sign up or have further questions, contact info@comicsexperience.com, and we will begin the process—taking payment via PayPal and scheduling your first one-on-one call!

Hourly Rates

To work with Andy Schmidt as your mentor, the cost is $400 for THREE separate, one-hour-long sessions. They are scheduled one at a time and at your pace.

To work with Nicole Boose as your mentor, the rate is $400 for THREE separate, one-hour-long sessions. They are scheduled one at a time and at your pace.

To work with Mike Siglain as your mentor, the rate is $400 for THREE separate, one-hour-long sessions. They are scheduled one at a time and at your pace.

To begin your mentorship, email info@comicsexperience.com.

Andy Schmidt

Andy SchmidtAndy founded Comics Experience based on the guiding principle of developing the kind of useful tools he himself wished existed when he was trying to break into the comics industry. This vision led to the creation of the mentorship program and it's one of the aspects of Comics Experience that Andy finds most rewarding. He has helped develop the careers of several working professionals as well as worked with long established pros who seek advice and problem-solving outside of the typical channels. Andy is an ideal mentor for anyone looking to achieve his or her comic book career dreams. Writers, artists, and editors welcome!

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Nicole Boose

Nicole BooseNicole has been working hand in hand with creators since the late 90s and she is easily the most personable member of our staff (though we're all professional and kind). Intelligent, strategic, and caring, Nicole is an ideal mentor for anyone looking to grow his or her creativity and knowledge base about the comics art form and industry. Writers, artists, and editors welcome!

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Mike Siglain

Mike SiglainMike has worked with both new and top talent within the industry. He came up in the industry with persistence and hard work. He started as an artist in school but quickly found he had the unique mix of skills for excellent editorial work. One of the most important skills for editorial work is the ability to relate to other people, to take their goals on as his own—and help them achieve those goals. Comics Experience is pleased to bring someone with Mike's experience to the mix. Mentoring with Mike is advised for writers, editors, and artists!

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What's the best part of the Comics Experience Mentoring program?

It's the individualized attention. We're qualified to mentor on all aspects of comics creation—story, characterization, storytelling in art, perspective, etc. We also offer career guidance and planning—strategizing how to maximize your creative impact so that you can achieve your goals as quickly as possible, as well as more nuts and bolts things like how to find collaborators and so on. If it's in the comics realm—and you’re at the point where you need individualized attention—this is the place for you!

Do I have to use all three hours at once?

Of course not. You have three, one-hour sessions to be scheduled at your pace. They do not expire—ever. We work with you on an individualized plan and schedule.

How does payment work?

Send us an email at info@comicsexperience.com and we'll discuss if this is right for you and whom you should/could mentor with. Once we're all set and the mentor is confirmed as being able to take on a new client, we send you a PayPal money request for a three-hour block of mentoring. Simply pay that, and then we schedule your first appointment!

What if I can only afford three hours?

That's okay. We maximize what you've got to work with. If you can only do three sessions, then we'll hit the most important topics with you. Our goal is NOT to keep you coming back forever—it IS to get you up and running with confidence on your own so you won't feel the need to keep renewing.

Will you review scripts or art outside of the call?

Of course we will, if that's what's most useful. The time taken to do that does come out of the three hours allotted. We will talk with you to make sure that reviewing material is the best use of the time at that point, and we can tailor the level of review to maximize what you need out of it. For example, if you just want to know the broad strokes about a script or about your art—that it communicates clearly, is compelling and the characters feel real and are engaging, then we won't comment on the small stuff, and that will save more time for the calls. Or, if you really need someone to look over the whole thing to make sure it's ready for publication, we can do a deep dive that takes longer, but should catch just about everything. It all depends on the needs of the individual client.

What does it mean if Comics Experience can't accept me right now?

It means one of two things—we're either simply too booked up to take on a new client at all, or it means that we don't feel that we're the right fit for what you need. We have turned people away on occasion because what they want or need isn't something you get uniquely with us—in fact, we’ve often recommended a less expensive course of action if we know of one.

For further questions, email info@comicsexperience.com.

It's as easy as 1-2-3 to get your comics career started! Literally—

1. Every mentorship must be approved via an email or phone conversation.* Please email us at info@comicsexperience.com.

2. Once approved, Comics Experience will send you a PayPal invoice for the proper amount.

3. Once the invoice is paid (can be done in minutes). Your first session is scheduled!

All you need is a telephone! A conference call number will be provided so you are not charged for the call within in the United States.

Please note that all scheduling and communication emails go through Andy Schmidt.

*(Usually, any issue that comes up is due to scheduling, but on occasion, we get calls from people who are looking for a service we don't provide—so don't worry, we're not judging you—just making sure this is a good fit to mutual benefit.)

Paul Allor
Creator of Clockwork and Orc Girl, writer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from IDW Publishing
“The Comics Experience mentoring sessions have been an invaluable resource to me, both artistically and professionally. I end every mentoring session armed with new plans, new ideas, and a better perspective on things. I’m still at the beginning of my comics career, but I know that the progress I’ve made is a direct result of the tools, insight and knowledge I've gained through Comics Experience.”

Mark Behar
Owner, Cartoon Daydreams
“I learned a great deal while working with Andy. He and his team of qualified experts own the expertise required to mentor aspiring creators. I can’t overstate the importance of receiving direct guidance from those who have earned success in the industry. It ain’t easy, but the folks at Comics Experience can show you how it’s done.”

Dave Castlenuovo
Creator of the hit video game and comic book Pocket God
“Andy has been a huge help in refining my skills. Through a combination of written critiques and phone calls, he has helped me evaluate our beat sheets, scripts, thumbs and finished inks. The entire process has really helped me grow as a comic creator.”

Sean McArdle
On becoming Platinum Studios’ 2007 Comic Book Challenge runner up
“Jon and I both attribute much of our success to the refinement Comics Experience provided our pitch and first issue. Andy's guidance and direction helped us turn our first issue into a focused, coherent, well-polished narrative that is intriguing without being obtuse. He also aided us in distilling our original ponderous pitch into its essence. Thanks, Andy!”

Keith Salmon
"I took Andy's consultation and found him very easy to relate to. We talked about breaking in with different types of publishers and I got to ask many questions about his experience as a professional editor, working with licensed properties, and producing his first creator-owned comic. The best part was how it was tailored specifically based on his questions about me. I plan to take another consult again in the future, after I have made some actual attempts at approaching editors. I feel much more confident. Thank you, Andy."

Michelle Therese
"These mentor sessions are fantastic! Nicole has been extremely helpful and I am beginning to venture out of my comfort zone and into the challenging territory I have always avoided due to lack of confidence in my ability as an aspiring writer. It might sound like a cheesy advertisement clip but whatever: Comics Experience is absolutely making my dream come true! I might not end up published any time soon but I am moving forward! How else do you achieve your dreams unless you move forward, right?"