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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

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.”


Bobby Curnow

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.”


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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.”


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!”


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!”


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!”


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!”


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.”


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.”


Paul Allor

Professional Comics Writer–IDW Publishing, Challenger Comics, Gov't Comics

“Before I found Comics Experience, I knew I wanted to be a comic book writer, but I had no idea how to make it happen. No idea what editors were looking for, no idea how the industry worked, no idea how to market myself, no idea how to format a comic script.

Comics Experience gave me all these skills. It also gave me an incredible group of women and men who are all working towards the same goal. 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.”


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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.


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.”


Seth Teter

This master seminar was an amazing experience! It was incredibly inspiring!”


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.”


James Babbo

Colorist for Dynamite Entertainment

“Having gone through both coloring classes, I’ve seen my skill level increase exponentially — an opinion shared by my friends and colleagues who have seen my coloring work. I owe this progress to an exceptional teacher — Chris Sotomayor. Not only is his guidance tempered by an infinite patience to explain technique and the underlying reason beneath it, he’s inspirational in his constant strive to increase his own skill. That drives me to continue stretching my own level with constant practice practice practice. Definitely will recommend these courses to others.”


Gannon Beck

Professional Artist, Comics Experience Creators Workshop Moderator

“Robert is an amazing illustrator who has worked on titles for Marvel, DC and IDW. Incidentally, his teaching is on par with his art… Robert has the uncanny ability to make artists feel good about what they have produced even while covering their art in corrections… At the end of a critique, rather than feel bad that I didn’t do the art better, I felt invigorated to have new artistic weapons in my arsenal. As a result of Robert’s instruction, I left every class a better artist. I don’t consider myself a great artist yet, but I feel that I’ve been firmly placed on the path to become one. That’s what a great teacher does. Now, if anyone asks me who my favorite teacher is I can tell them: It’s Robert Atkins.”


Nicole Boose

Former Marvel Editor, Current Workshop Staff Member

“I decided to take the Comics Experience introductory coloring course not because I wanted to become a professional colorist, but to develop some new skills within the comic industry, and to better understand coloring from the perspective of an artist rather than solely as an editor. From instructor Chris Sotomayor’s guidance, I got what I was looking for and then some. Soto and Andy’s teaching style invited a sense of camaraderie within the class while also providing direct, helpful instruction that we could put to use starting with the very first session. I went from having zero practical experience with Photoshop to a much more fluent understanding, and gained a solid foundation in the art and science of coloring. My goal was to learn more about the technical aspects of color, improve my Photoshop vocabulary, and learn enough do a bit of professional flatting work. Thanks to this course, I’ve been fortunate enough to fulfill all those goals, and I’m continuing to learn. Thanks, Andy and Soto!”


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Bobby Curnow

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.”


Keith Davidson

“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.”


Kevin LaCoste

“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.”


J.D. Oliva

“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.”


Tim Rassbach

“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.”


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…”


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.”


Michelle Therese

“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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