Comics Experience Staff
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, 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.
Andy is the co-host of the Comics Experience Make Comics Podcast and you can follow him on Twitter at @ComicExperience
Paul Allor is a critically-acclaimed writer, editor and letterer who began as a Comics Experience student and workshop member, seven years ago. Since then, he has written for Marvel Comics, AfterShock Comics, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Monkeybrain Comics, and the rap-metal band Hollywood Undead, which hired Paul to write a comic telling the band’s fictional superhero origins.
Paul’s comics writing is known for balancing intensely character-driven stories with bombastic ideas and dynamic plotting. His creator-owned books include the currently-running Monstro Mechanica, from AfterShock Comics; Tet, from IDW Publishing and Comics Experience; Past the Last Mountain, from Gov’t Comics and Comics Experience; Strange Nation, from Monkeybrain Comics; and the self-published comics Orc Girl and Clockwork, the latter of which included Paul’s five-page story from his Comics Experience Introduction to Writing class.
On the work-for-hire side, Paul is perhaps best known for his extensive work in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise for IDW Publishing, including the opening arc of TMNT: Universe, TMNT: Mutanimals, TMNT: Utrom Empire, Turtles in Time and TMNT: Microseries – Shredder, among others. He has also worked on GI Joe for IDW, including the Siren’s Song arc of the main GI Joe title, and the GI Joe: Deviations issue. More recently, he completed a six-issue mini-series based on the board game Clue.
Other work-for-hire comics include Secret Empire: Brave New World, Uncanny Inhumans: Monsters Unleashed, Year of Marvels: Iron Man and Nova, and Marvel Universe Presents, Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Comics; Pathfinder: Goblins, for Dynamite Entertainment; and Bravest Warriors for BOOM! Entertainment.
Paul’s editing work includes Sheltered, from Image Comics, created by Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas, and Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit from IDW Publishing and Comics Experience, created by Rob Anderson.
Since January 2017, he has served as the Content and Operations Manager of Comics Experience, and the teaching assistant for the Intro to Writing courses. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulAllor.
Nicole Boose began her comics career as an assistant editor for Harris Comics’ Vampirella, before joining the editorial staff at Marvel Comics. There, she edited titles including Cable & Deadpool, Invincible Iron Man, and Stephen King’s Dark Tower adaptations. She also oversaw Marvel’s line of custom comic publications, developing projects for corporate and nonprofit clients like Target, OfficeMax, SAMHSA, and TeachersCount.
Since 2008, Nicole has worked as a freelance editor and consultant in the comics industry. She works regularly with writer Mark Millar, named one of Hollywood’s 5 Most Powerful Comics Writers, and has edited titles for his Millarworld line of creator-owned comics, including Superior, Super Crooks, Jupiter’s Legacy, MPH, Starlight, The Secret Service, and Chrononauts.
An active member of the Comics Experience community and staff, Nicole has also provided dozens of script critiques for Creators Workshop members, worked one-on-one with clients in the mentorship program, and currently manages the Comics Experience blog and newsletter.
Born in Philadelphia and a long-time New Yorker, Nicole now lives near Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, daughter and son. Follow her on Twitter at @NicoleBoose.
Phillip Sevy began his comics career with Heartless Dark, a weekly webcomic he wrote, penciled, inked, and colored. At its conclusion, Phillip attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he got his MFA in Sequential Art. Working primarily as an artist, he’s had work published by Zenescope, Hic & Hoc Publications, and SCAD as well as featured in a variety of anthologies. After completing the four-issue miniseries The F1rst Hero for Action Lab Entertainment, he was named a runner-up in the 2013 Top Cow Talent Hunt competition.
For Top Cow, he drew the Magdalena short story Adelphia (which appeared in an issue of Witchblade) which led to him drawing the IXth Generation one-shots Athena IX and Poseidon IX and issues 5-8 of The Tithe (with series co-creator Rahsan Ekedal) as well as contributing to Witchblade 185 (the final issue of the landmark series).
Phillip just wrapped up a 12-issue run on the new Tomb Raider ongoing series from Dark Horse Comics, written by Eisner-Award winning writer Mariko Tamaki. His creator-owned miniseries The House (with Drew Zucker) is currently being released on Comixology and his creator-owned oneshot Paradox just wrapped a successful Kickstarter.
Phillip’s worked with a variety of corporate clients doing commercial illustration over the last few years, including AMC Entertainment and the Sundance Channel. When he’s not drawing, he teaches Comics and Sequential Art at Broadview Entertainment Arts University where he’s won awards for Outstanding Faculty and Excellence in Applied Learning.
Jason White is a former Assistant Editor for Marvel Comics. Jason spent his three and half years at Marvel, working on the second tier X-Men titles like X-Factor, X-Men Unlimited, Gen X, and Excalibur as well as What If. His proudest achievement while there was launching Mutant X.
Jason then moved on to working in marketing and PR for…well a very long time…at various computer software and entertainment businesses like Viz Media, Playthings Magazine, and Gartner. He is currently a Senior Creative Writer for an in-house marketing team where he spends his days writing video scripts, web copy, press releases, speeches and pretty much anything else the company needs including some voice-over work.
Throughout his careers, Jason has always maintained a close association with the comics industry not only through his former contacts with artists and writers but by making his Wednesday pilgrimage to his local comic shop and talking to various retailers about the business.