An Andy Schmidt Community website

Comic Book art

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

Fabian Nicieza

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

“My experience with Nicole Boose was one of the most rewarding of my 25 year career! As a young editor, she was tasked with a challenging book — and writer — to edit and she handled it month in and month out with intelligence, patience, grace and support!”


Mark Millar

“I’ve worked with over thirty or forty editors in the course of my twenty-five year career, including the kind of industry legends I grew up seeing in credit-boxes as a kid. Nicole Boose, I think, is the best of the lot. She’s insightful without being intrusive, tough when she needs to be, encouraging where it’s required and her organisational skills have genuinely revolutionised my company. Scheduling artists can be like herding cats and it wasn’t uncommon for some of my books to be delayed for six, seven or even eight months as the art team went off-radar. Since she assumed editorial control of my entire line the books come out monthly. Not even a week late. It’s an unflashy skill, but so important and she’s changed the way I do business. I feel the quality of the work has improved too. She does what all great editors should and that’s bring out the best in people.”


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.”


See All Professionals Testimonials

Lara Willard

“Nicole was an invaluable resource for me as a freelance editor and comics lover wanting to know more about combining my two loves. I’ve learned so much from her as an editor, as a freelancer, and as a work-at-home mom. I’m pretty envious of everyone who enrolls in this class, actually, because that means I have to share her.”


Mark Millar

“I’ve worked with over thirty or forty editors in the course of my twenty-five year career, including the kind of industry legends I grew up seeing in credit-boxes as a kid. Nicole Boose, I think, is the best of the lot. She’s insightful without being intrusive, tough when she needs to be, encouraging where it’s required and her organisational skills have genuinely revolutionised my company. Scheduling artists can be like herding cats and it wasn’t uncommon for some of my books to be delayed for six, seven or even eight months as the art team went off-radar. Since she assumed editorial control of my entire line the books come out monthly. Not even a week late. It’s an unflashy skill, but so important and she’s changed the way I do business. I feel the quality of the work has improved too. She does what all great editors should and that’s bring out the best in people.”


Elisa Westmore

“I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to write comics someday. Andy offers wisdom and insight not only into the writing process, but into the industry itself. I really feel like I learned a lot, and the practical component of writing and critquing was invaluable.”


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.”


Dan Liebke

“Thank you, Andy. I signed up to the first course as a bit of a treat to myself to learn more about creating in a medium I love. And I had such a fantastic time and learned so much that I hung around for two extra classes.

So thanks again for all your time and knowledge. I’ve had a ball.”


Ian Powers

“It was a wonderful experience, you (Andy) really pulled away the veil on comics writing.  I’ve learned more than I would have thought possible from an introductory class.  I’ve read all the books, and taken classes on writing before, but this experience was like having a Kung Fu master on my shoulder the whole way through.  I believe it’s your passion that really made it such a unique adventure.  It’s rare to find someone who walks the walk at the top levels, and can still nurture and guide new talents the way you do. Bravo!”


Ben Boyce

“This class has been awesome and I learned a ton. The class has been invaluable, teaching us not only about the craft of writing, but about everything else that surrounds it; giving us a foundation and a process we can all rely upon in the future. I have also really learned the value of honest, analytical feedback from your peers! I’m definitely taking more courses in the future and I want to become a Workshop member for sure!”


Brian Baccarella

“Intro to Comics is the best writing class I’ve taken thus far.  Andy has a ton of great insights, and a great comic creating process/structure from beginning to end.  The critiquing aspect is invaluable.  Andy doesn’t hold back on his own critiques which makes them incredibly honest and useful.  Comics Experience’s own scripts and templates are provided during the class as learning tools, as well as a recommended reading list.  This is the first class I’ve been in that has had live video chatting.  This gets you closer to your peers, and allows for more honest and enthusiastic critiques.  This class WILL make you a better writer and story teller.”


See All Writing & Editing Testimonials

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.”


Kevin Volo

“I had the the fantastic opportunity to take Scott Johnson’s Digital Painting through Comics Experience last year and was blown away with not only his extensive knowledge of digital painting and color theory, but also his ability to effectively pass on his knowledge in an online classroom environment. I am a professional instructional designer and teacher by day, and I was especially impressed with how Scott structured his class to facilitate learning. I had always know he was an amazingly talented digital painter, but it turns out he is also a fantastic instructor! I learned a lot from the class and have continued to use and enjoy the digital painting techniques I learned from Scott for personal projects and freelance work. Great class!”


Dan Shipton

“Having already taken Chris Sotomayor’s Intro to Comic Book Colouring, which sharpened my previous knowledge of colour theory and application, Intro to Digital Painting was something I thought would hone my abilities even more. I was right – it further honed my knowledge of colour and blending and choices. And I was wrong – it blew me away with the differences between colouring something, and creating an image with colour – no inks laid down, just a pencil draft to work from. Having to make my darkest blacks to lightest lights and everything in between was new and required me to turn my brain on its side and approach things differently. The projects / homework are fun – you could practically feel the excitement through the computer screen for some of the projects, chomping at the bit to get at them. ‘Homework is fun’ – yes, that IS an actual statement with these courses, and Scott’s is no different – it plays at your inner-child while seducing your mature-self into new approaches and learning practical skills and theory that, whether professional, just doing it for fun or anywhere in between, you continue to use what you’ve learned.

Worried about the tech specs and programs? Worry not. While yes, it looks like the teachers use Photoshop [I used Manga Studio], there are free alternatives – The Gimp, Paint Tool Sai, for example, [I think Photoshop Creative Suite 2 version is now free?] that will enable you to work alongside and submit your work for critique.

Ahh, critique. ‘Be honest, but please be nice about it!’ …your teachers are creative folks like you – they are empowering, not demeaning. They show where you can improve and suggest how you might achieve said improvement. They work in the professional end of the creative spectrum, so they’re not just spouting opinionated-gibberish, they’re giving you solid advice from a hard-working professional point of view.

Expensive? Maybe, but not compared to taking the equivalent knowledge from a college. These classes are worth every penny. Personally, I saved up for 2 years to afford the first class I took. If memory serves me, they have a payment plan available, or something similarly applicable.Let me leave you with 4 simple words that succinctly sum it up: It. Is. Worth It.”


Kerith Hopper

“I am sure I have told you in the past what a great teacher Robert is, but if you forgot I will tell you again.  He is so sincere and pours himself into what he teaches.  His passion really comes through.  It is motivating and inspiring.  He really pulls great things out of people.  I was not sure what inking was all about, and have no illusions of a career in that world, but was genuinely surprised at what a singular art form it is.  Robert provided a great window into this world, what the art form can and can not do in the world of comics and then jumped right into how it is done.  He has mastered this so well and has so many small but game changing techniques he happily shares.  I almost felt guilty, some things he shared I am sure took him years to figure out and he just hands them over.  You can tell he really wants to see everyone reach their highest potential.”


Adam Davis

“After finishing up the Intro to Figure Drawing class I felt like I should let you know how helpful I found it. I’ve wanted to draw since I was a kid. A considerable amount of art books dominate one of my bookshelves and I can’t tell you how many tutorials I’ve watched online. I felt like if I could just take a class where an instructor walked me through it all I could finally learn. Amazingly, this class had two (Robert and assistant Gannon Beck).

Robert’s wealth of knowledge in regards to both illustration and human anatomy is astounding. Not once was he presented with a question he couldn’t immediately answer. His critiques of our final assignments were amazing and were far more detailed than I expected them to be.”


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. “


See All Art & Color Testimonials

Shaun Manning

“Comics Experience has been a great community for testing out scripts and ideas, as well as pushing myself to try new things through the monthly challenges. Giving and receiving critiques is a great way to learn about the storytelling process, and find out the sorts of things that readers really respond to and the devices that just don’t work. CE members are also incredibly supportive, and a fairly lively group. It’s been tremendous fun.”


Joe Sergi

“On the one hand, the forum acts as learning tool. On the other hand, this forum is a place for creators to provide support for each other. There are a lot of different paths and goals, but ultimately we want to succeed in comics. So whether it is looking to write a licensed property at one of the Big Two or creating the next Indie blockbuster (or anything in between), the forum provides a sense of camaraderie. And that is because of the great people on this forum.”


Elizabeth-Amber Love

“I didn’t know what a comic script looked like until joining the Comics Experience Workshop. Now I try to create ten short stories a year and having the support of this community is essential. I’m still intimidated by the amount of talent here, but it’s a welcoming place for people of all experience levels.”


Marta Tanrikulu

“The Creators Workshop is a way of getting valuable, constructive feedback on ideas and scripts, watching a lot of creative ideas get developed, exchanging information about various aspects of producing comics, and interacting with artists and writers from many different backgrounds. How wonderful that these opportunities are offered to people who live outside of New York and Los Angeles.”


Chris Lewis

“Living overseas, I always felt that I was one step removed from the comics community I wanted to be a part of. Until I found Comics Experience, that is. The Creators Workshop has given me the opportunity to get feedback on all my comic-related questions and interact with some wonderful people, regardless of where we live.”


Luke Barnett

“Being an Australian hasn’t put me in the middle of the world of comics, but Comics Experience has made that possible. The Comics Experience Workshop is a creative community unlike any other. Build your skill as an author or artist, critique each other in a friendly, encouraging but open and honest manner, and learn all about the business of making comics. Wherever you are, joining Comics Experience will enable you to harness your talent and connect with people doing the same thing!”


George O’Connor

“The idea of making comics can be an intimidating experience. What the forums, and Comics Experience, does really well is bring you behind the curtain and give you the support to pursue the comics dream.”


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.”


See All Creator’s Workshop Testimonials

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.”


See All Mentoring Testimonials