Writing and Editing Testimonials
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
“(The) Editing and Project Management (course) proved to be exactly the class I’d been hoping for, packing a career’s-worth of comics-editing insights into four class sessions. The class covered everything from giving notes to writers and artists, to interacting with license holders, to budgeting a project, to the final assembly and production of a book. It was a heady mix of both the business and craft of making comics. Despite what could have been an overwhelming volume of information, Andy’s relaxed, conversational teaching style made each facet of an editor’s job feel manageable, and the end result is that more than ever, I’m hungry to help other comics creators make the best comics they possibly can.”
“I’ve always wanted to work with comics in some capacity, and Andy Schmidt’s Intro to Comic Book Writing made me realize that I have the potential to break in. The course’s hands-on approach, which makes the students actually create while respecting a deadline, makes for an invaluable experience that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Learning the nuts and bolts from an actual editor with tons of experience and behind-the-curtain knowledge is priceless. Having your ideas and process constantly reviewed by Andy is going to improve your writing by leaps and bounds for the duration of the course. Speaking from personal experience, I was impressed by how clear and professional my final assignment looked, and Andy’s guidance was vital for me to reach this level of polish. The course was absolutely worth it and I’m already saving up for the Advanced Class!”
“For the past two years, my husband has been asking me to work on a comic with him. I wasn’t opposed to the idea, but I didn’t know anything about comics. I didn’t even know how to get started. There’s so much stuff out there, and it was very overwhelming. My husband recommended that I take Andy’s Intro to Writing Course, and I’m so glad that I did. Now I feel like I have a firm foundation, a really good jumping off place. Andy has created a very nurturing and informative environment, not just in the class but on the message boards as well. I highly recommend this course for anyone who has an interest in writing comics.”
“The advanced class is non-stop learning about the craft of writing comics. Sure, it’s possible to pick up a few writing tips by reading online interviews with creators. But that’s nothing compared to the weekly classes crammed with advice, Andy’s expert instruction, unlimited Q&A, and instant feedback. If you’re serious about learning how to write comics, this class is a must.”
“Man, it’s been a crazy, great year! Letterer is finishing up our 32-pager now, the team is working on the rest of the script, thanks again, Andy, for helping me get back into comics!”
Writer/Artist, Editor inkbot.net
“Andy Schmidt is an excellent teacher and a talented editor. He will offer you honest, concise feedback on your work along with helpful suggestions and direction on how to improve it. The class is well organized with great content and insight from a working professional. An added benefit is you will meet other people who are passionate about comics who you will remain in contact with personally and professionally.”