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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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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.”


Devon Wong

“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!”


Russ Gartz

“Before I took the “Introduction to Comics Writing” course through Comics Experience, the only thing I knew how to do was read a comic book.  But after the course, wow!  I can write a script!  I had a great time and the course is a great value!”


Joe Cuddy

“I just wanted to thank you again for our classes, particularly the Intro to Comic Book Writing from last fall. The script I developed there was accepted for publication by FutureQuake Press in the UK. I know you’ve got alumni who’ve written for Marvel and DC, so that might not seem like a big deal, but it is for me. Having the script I wrote for class become my first published work was the best case scenario from the outset, and I’d just like to thank you for your part in it. It literally wouldn’t have happened without you and Comics Experience.”


Nic Shaw

“I’d taken the Intro to Comic Book Writing with Andy previously, but writing for animation was a whole new beast. I thought it best I brush up before getting down to writing. Thankfully Zac is a wonderful lecturer who is well versed in the ins-and-outs of handling an animation script. He walked us through all the facets of creating a script, both short and feature length, as well as helping us learn the unique business of being an animation writer.

Like the rest of Comics Experience, it’s worth the price of admission.”


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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.”


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.”


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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.”


Joshua Dahl

“For the past few years I have been posting scripts for review on several of the major sites that do that sort of thing. On those sites I would rarely get any worthwhile result. The people here are serious about actually getting comics made. When someone here offers a criticism, I know that it is something I should consider. When they offer praise, I know they mean it. And as a result, I’ve learned a lot. Without a doubt, my writing has gotten better.”


Janine Frederick

“I’ve officially been a member of the Comics Experience Workshop for a year now — the best investment I’ve made in a long time. We all have a common goal; to make it in comics. Now, some would think that we’d all be really competitive and a little aggressive toward one another, but in fact we are the complete opposite. The Workshop is a community, like a family spread out across the globe, related by one unique bond. We go above and beyond the normal ‘membership requirements’, often creating lasting friendships and successful creative teams. We might not all make our comic dreams come true to their fullest, but as a group we make every effort to help each other reach those goals.”


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.”


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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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