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Comics Experience Testimonials

We strive for the absolute best in what we do. All our instructors and mentors are well-established industry professionals, creative in their own right, and great communicators.

Below find testimonials from industry professionals and past and current Comics Experience members about Comics Experience courses, Creator’s Workshop, and Mentoring services!

  • Professionals
  • Writing & Editing
  • Art & Color
  • Workshop
  • Mentoring

Chris Lewis

Writer for Comics Experience/IDW

“Comics Experience provides the inspiration to step up your writing game. Dive into the accessible environment, hone your craft by means of professional tips and critical feedback, and emerge confident in your storytelling abilities.”


Stan Lee

Creator of Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and The Avengers

“Working with Andy was a real pleasure! He’s both friendly and professional. But best of all, he’s knowledgeable, creative, and understands how to tell a great story! I’d be happy to work with him again! Excelsior!”


Klaus Janson

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, World War Hulk

“I’ve worked on only a handful of projects with Andy, but know him very well both from my persistent and regular intrusions into the Marvel offices and our social get togethers with other professionals. It was obvious to me that Andy was smart, intuitive, ambitious and had a great capacity for working with people. Andy loves what he does and he’s darn good at it. We could all learn a lot from him.”


Brian Michael Bendis

Creator of Powers, writer of New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, House of M, Daredevil, Ultimate X-Men, Alias, and Ultimate Spider-Man

“My most successful comics have had Andy Schmidt’s name in the credits. This is a man who knows a thing or two about a thing or two.”


Tom Smith

Color Artist, JLA / Avengers, Brave and the Bold

“Andy is a phenomenal editor. He’s got a wealth of experience and ideas, and has the ability to inspire others to amazing results with their own abilities. Networking is one of his many strong suits, as is his level head, consistency and focus on producing the best product possible. Working with Andy has been one of the most positive experiences of my career.”


Michael Siglain

Former DC Comics Editor, Current Disney Editor

“I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at a few of Andy’s classes, and I’ve walked away impressed each and every time. Andy was able to give his students one-on-one attention while also teaching and working with the class as a whole. For people who are just starting out or who are looking to break in, the class really does allow you to peek behind the curtain and get an insider’s view of the industry. It’s invaluable.”


David Gallaher

Writer of High Moon, professional editor

“Comics Experience provides a robust online workshop for up-and-coming creators to ask questions, improve their craft, and hone their skills. As a creator, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate, share my experience, and interact with others equally dedicated to making great comics.”


Mitch Breitweiser

Marvel exclusive artist of Captain America: The Chosen, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Drax the Destroyer)

“Andy brought me into Marvel with the “Drax” project, then put a largely untested artist without a huge fan-base on his dream project. Andy believed in me as an artist, and I will always be grateful. It says a lot about the kind of guy Andy is.”


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Cameron Jarvis

“I have nothing but positive feedback for the advanced writing courses. It’s a step up from the beginner courses; it felt fairly intense and really raised the difficulty level, but was all great! I am greatly appreciative of the honest feedback on our pitches…if you develop another course, sign me up!”


Fabian Nicieza

writer, X-Men, X-Force; Deadpool co-creator

“Marc was part of an excellent editorial team that was not only smart enough to hire me, they were good enough to make my work readable. Usually. He can definitely teech u how to be a gud editor!”


Kerith Hopper

“I have to say that taking your classes has really changed my creative life. I have for years and years had ideas, notes, rambling journal entries, etc with no idea of what to do with them. I have tried for so long, looking for help from somewhere. Now, I have done something I have never done before with my writing, I have finished something! More importantly I can take what I have learned and use it to complete something else. You weren’t handing out fish, you were teaching us to catch our own. I can’t tell you how much I have gotten from your courses. I feel like I stumbled across some amazing secret when I found your website. I would recommend your courses without reservation to anyone!”


Erik Ko

Editor-in-chief, Udon Studios

“Marc is an editor that understands the balance between editorial and artistic input. He is always there to listen to the talents and seek solutions to make things happen! An absolute joy to work with!”


Tod Pleasant

“I sat down today to start a script and it soon stuck me how much of what I was doing has been influenced by the Intro to Writing class. I just wanted to say thanks, and that I look forward to coming back for the Advanced Writing.”


Tom Brevoort

Executive Editor, Marvel Comics

“When he was a member of my editorial team, I used to call Marc Sumerak ‘The Mechanic’ for the way he’d get his hands dirty in fine-tuning the engine of whatever story we were working on, and his detail-oriented approach to his work.”


Adam Davis

“Thank you very much for the critiques. All of them make a lot of sense and are good catches. I’ve had a blast in these three classes and I look forward to growing as a writer in the workshop.

Thank you again for the awesome experience. Very glad I found Comics Experience.”


Chris Sotomayor

Colorist

“As a comic book professional, I’ve seen a lot of editors come and go in this industry. I have to say, Marc is the kind of editor you want to work with. He’s not a simple ‘traffic manager’ who plays sudoku between crises. Marc works with people. He works with creators. He knows how to get the best out of you, and push you to the next plateau and nurture your talent and the project in ways you wouldn’t have thought of. He’s always a seamless part of the team. And that’s what you want. A teammate. Not someone who rubber-stamps or passes the buck. You want someone looking out for you. That’s Marc. This motherf****** just knows comics.”


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Chris Barry

“I wanted to write to thank you for offering this environment to learn and enhance our skills. This was an intense content course and it was a joy to be a part of the community created. With the active participation on the message boards by everyone and Gannon’s constant input there was a strong learning curve applied for everyone to level up. I entered the class feeling unsure if the content would be at, below or above my current level of development and was amazed at how Robert bridged the gaps of skill level. I can’t say enough about his knowledge level, teaching style and positivity. I was one of the first in line to have him review my portfolio at your NYCC booth last year and he not only gave me great feedback on my shortfalls but helped me focus on how to get to the next level. I feel that this class has been well worth the time effort and money and you have an amazing asset in Mr. Atkins. With this great experience I have signed up for another class as I look forward to continuing my education to become a comic book artist. Thank you again for starting this business and partnering with great professionals. “


Vignesh Raja

“This is by far the best anatomy class I have come across. Not only is Robert a great artist, but he is also an excellent teacher. He knows what level the students are at and teaches accordingly. He communicates with very well. I have had so many questions regarding the muscles of the body and he answered each one of them very clearly, with so much patience. He is just a University of knowledge. Seriously, the best anatomy class ever, hands down.”


Chuck Arnold

“I just finished the Perspective class (last night we had a marathon session) and wanted to let you know how great it has been, and how wonderful Robert has been as a teacher. It’s been great for my schedule, I have a busy life, a young child, a full time job, as well as freelance work, and Comics Experience has been worth the time and effort. I’ve grown as an artist and sequential storyteller, and that’s thanks to Robert and his mentorship and guidance. I can’t wait to start the new class at the end of September (but appreciate the couple of weeks off to finish some of the work started in class) and continue to learn and grow as an artist.”


Jag Lall

“I have just finished the Advanced Studio course and I wanted to say I was really happy with it. I’ve done Comics Experience courses back-to-back for the last six months and I think alongside the Introduction to Figure Drawing class this was my favorite course because it gave me exactly what I needed and hoped for. The feedback forum was great and the online meetings were great too, I especially was very appreciative of Robert setting his own time aside to speak to me on a different day (I am in the UK).”


Nathaniel Allen

“Chris Sotomayor’s knowledge of the technical aspects of digital coloring is astounding. And his working knowledge of color theory and the use of light and color as a storytelling device were fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever had as thorough an explanation of the effects of color and light from an instructor, and I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine art. Last, but certainly not least, is his ability to effectively communicate his knowledge to his students. Perhaps best of all, as a student looking back over the work done for the class, I can clearly see improvement and the development of a deeper understanding.”


Ann Siri

“All of the classes, both the Intro and Advanced class have been of great help to me. Chris has been very generous both with his time and his resources. His advice and critiques have been very helpful. He offered a lot of help on how to color for storytelling purposes, how to move the story, and how to direct the readers eyes, it’s not just another ‘How to color pretty pictures the comic book way-tutorial’ Chris’ classes were a lot of help for me, and I feel more confident in my coloring.”


Ryan Otto

I  just finished the intro to comic book art course, with Robert Atkins teaching. This was such a great course, it really gave me the tools understand and create comic book art. Robert is a really amazing teacher, how he explained every body part and how it all fits together.”


Kerith Hopper

“(Reilly Brown) made the whole idea of comic book art more accessible. From the beginning he was able to show that there are endless ways to tell a story with art, and they don’t all involve drawing in the traditional super hero manner. His class really approached the art of telling a story visually. When I looked over my notes, it was amazing the amount of information, from so many different parts of the process, that was provided. He is a font of knowledge, and you could tell we had only scratched the surface. I think anyone interested in comics could learn a lot from taking this class, even if they did not draw a thing.”


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Luke Durdin

“If you are an aspiring comic creator, Comics Experience is the place for you. You have entire courses taught by professionals on comic writing, comic art, comic production and so much more. You have access to a whole community that shares your interest in comics and wants to help your comic-making-dreams become a reality. The resources provided by Comics Experience are just too good to pass up.”


Kevin Byrne

“Through the feedback I get on the Challenge scripts, through the discussions I’ve had with CE members (here and in [gasp!] real life), and through the live workshop sessions, I’ve realized what my strengths and weaknesses are as a writer, how to build on those strengths (while hopefully minimizing those weaknesses at the same time), and that people will want to read my work. And that’s made me actively go out there and find people who can help me get these stories completed and published.”


Dr. Moti Friedman

“During my months in Comics Experience’s Creators Workshop I received invaluable feedback from both professional comic book creators and talented new artists that has been essential in driving my growth as a comic book writer and artist. This online community is a great place to hone your craft in a supportive environment while meeting new friends who share your love for comic books and it is my pleasure to recommend it as such.”


Rich Douek

“I’ve made a lot of friends here that are all working towards the same goal, and I’m amazed at the amount of great feedback I get every time I post one of my projects. One thing about comics is that it’s not an easy business, at any level. I’m not 100% sure I’d be able to stick it out without the support and help of my fellow worshippers.”


Don McMillan

“Working with such incredible, comic-loving people in the forums, all of whom are willing to point out and help me through rough areas of my scripts, is priceless, and on those occassions when I make someone laugh or hear that they enjoyed what I had written makes my day, month and year all at the same time.”


Paul Allor

“The Creators Workshop members are a tremendous resource, for support, for guidance and for advice. This isn’t to say that ‘breaking in’ will be easy. It still takes talent, and determination, and more than a little luck. But with Comic Experience’s help, it’s gone from feeling like a pipe dream to feeling like a realistic, attainable goal. I am so happy to be on this journey, and so proud to be a part of the Comics Experience community.”


Bret Bernal

“After years of struggling to get feedback for my stories, Comics Experience was a dream come true. The instant critiques on the forums are absolutely worth the price of admission. The CE community is one large family, sharing a common goal: making comics. There’s nothing better than that. And Andy Schmidt is a kind and handsome man.”


Shaun Noel

“Looking at the opportunities, job offers, contest notifications, support, helpful and constructive critiques and publishing opportunities that the people on this forum have shared with each other has definitely shown me how strong the comic community can be if we stay that – a COMMUNITY.”


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C.D. Lacroix

“I only wish I had stumbled upon your website much earlier in the time I’ve been pursuing comic book writing. The mentoring sessions I had provided exactly what I was looking for. My mentor was direct in what he liked about the proposal, but also offered some refreshing advice on a potential major weakness of the story. Now I have renewed confidence and insight to take that bold next step in my creative writing efforts.”


Curtis Lawson

“This was an incredible experience. Mike gave me some invaluable insight into my own work, the craft of comics and the workings of the industry. He was professional, friendly and insightful. I would like to set up another three hours…”


Jason Teiken

“Our conversations have improved the direction of my project and have really motivated me to push forward. Each conversation we had was measured, re-assuring and extremely constructive.

This was a tremendous experience. I now have a real sense of confidence in my project and this comes from my sessions with Stephen.”


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.”


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