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!
- Writing & Editing
- Art & Color
“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.”
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!”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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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“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.”
“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!”
Aniz Adam Ansari
DC Comics Assistant Editor
“I took the Comics Experience Writing course with you last Fall. The fundamentals I learned at Comics Experience gave me the foundation to assert myself and navigate my way through the comics industry with confidence. It also gave me a level of credibility, that I wouldn’t have had otherwise, that I feel made a significant difference. Don’t be surprised if you hear me enthuse the value of what I learned from COMICS EXPERIENCE (and the MAKE COMICS podcast for that matter!) to new and aspiring creators for years to come!”
“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!”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“Joe is extremely well-versed in law for comic book creators, from its history to the myriad practical aspects that all creators should know if they’re hoping to work in the industry, and even if they already do. There are so many legal dimensions to comic book creation, from contracts with collaborators and publishers to registering copyright and trademark, and creators need to become familiar with all of it. I came out of the course with a number of new tools at my disposal and an awareness of the complexity and scope of the laws and protections pertinent to comic book creation. I’m already applying my new knowledge of contracts in my collaborations. Joe himself is an experienced and well-organized teacher who is able to make incredibly complicated material easy to understand. The contracts provided by Joe are alone well worth the price of admission. I would highly recommend that other creators take this course. It may be daunting, but it will pay off. And I’m incredibly grateful that I won’t have to learn about law for comic book creators the hard way!”
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“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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. “
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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Editor at IDW Publishing, writer of "Night of 1,000 Wolves," a story workshopped in our forums
“Comics Experience gave me invaluable feedback on my work, encouraged me to challenge myself artistically AND provided essential real-world knowledge about the comic book industry. Throw in a supportive, friendly community that includes top-notch professionals and you’ve got simply the best place to become the comics professional you aspire to be.”
“The critiques people gave me on my work were extremely helpful, and I’m confident my next draft will be vastly improved because of it. I probably learned more from the critiques than I did from the university extension class I recently took on graphic novel writing.”
“I’m super-grateful for having found Comics Experience. I’ve got three short scripts (one penciled and inked!) under my belt in my approximately two months in the workshop. Without the CE Workshop I’d still be thinking about maybe, possibly, trying my hand at writing something, eventually— It can’t be overstated how valuable an environment like this is for lighting that proverbial fire under one’s ass.”
“Andy Schmidt’s Comics Experience gave me an insight into storytelling and character that I previously hadn’t been shown. I was able to take the lessons we learned for story-pitching and secured a feature film development deal.”
“I’m writing to say thanks for starting Comics Experience and for working so hard to make it such a vibrant community rich in knowledge and practical application.
This weekend, at long last, I launched ‘Gargoyle By Moonlight’ into the world. I shared a table with my penciller, Brian Atkins (brother of CE’s Robert) at Project Comic Con, the St. Louis convention. I was excited just to be there and to have a book. My goal was to sell 10 books over the weekend. (Truthfully, I thought I’d sell 5, if I was lucky.) But the book did extremely well: over the two-day con, we sold 42 copies of GBM…
To see this thing that I had created out of thin air (and slaved over with an incredible team for more than a year) go out into the world and do so well, find such a great reception, was an awesome feeling. I’m still processing everything, but, man, I feel so good. (This feeling is going to keep me going through all the cons that don’t go great–I know there will be some–and the creative frustrations that are natural to this process.)
The methodology I’ve learned in your classes has helped me organize and harness my creative thoughts. What’s more, the Creators Workshop helped with everything from critiques on the original Gargoyle story to what to take to a con, how to act, and how to pitch/sell. There’s also the networking and personal contacts I’ve gotten from the group: personal recommendations on everything from vendors to colorists. Much credit goes to the creative team on the book: Brian, our inker/letterer, and our colorist. At the same time, I know that GBM is a good book because Comics Experience is great place for creative people to meet and interact. So thanks for that.”
“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.”
“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…”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!”
“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.”
“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?”
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