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Comics Experience founder and CEO Andy Schmidt is going to be a busy man this San Diego Comic-Con! He’ll be on six different panels this year, covering a broad range of topics pertaining to comics culture and creation. But don’t feel left out, gamers. He’s also going to be dispensing advice on how to write for video games! Other Creators Workshop participants will be present at some of the events as well.

We hope you’ll have a chance to meet up with Andy during the festivities.

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Top 10 Tips to Up Your Comics Art Game
Thursday, 7/21/16, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 30CDE

You’re a comics artist or you want to be. So how do you stand above the rest? In Andy Schmidt‘s 14-year career in comics as an editor (Marvel, IDW, Image titles) and a comics art educator at Comics Experience, he’s seen every kind of artist you can imagine. Reilly Brown (Deadpool), comics artist and comics art instructor has seen even more! And from those thousands of pages and pinups, They have created a top 10 list of things that the strongest artists do to stand above the crowd. And they’ll give you all 10 in this jaw-dropping panel.

Breaking Into Comics
Friday, 7/22/16, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room: 30CD

With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your INVALUABLE guide to breaking into the comics industry. What it takes, whose attention you’re vying for, and how to get it in a productive way, but most importantly, what do you have to do to get up to speed and ready for the big show. Join Comics Experience founder and publisher Andy Schmidt, with Dave Marshall (Dark Horse, EIC), Rickey Purdin (Marvel Talent Manager), and artist Reilly Brown (Deadpool) for the best panel on breaking in ever!

Top 10 Tips to Up Your Comics Writing Game
Friday 7/22/16, 8:00p.m. – 9:00pm., Room 30CDE

You’re a comics writer, or you want to be. You’re motivated and driven. Great. You’re just like 1000 other would-be comics writers. So how do you stand above the rest? John Barber (Ultimate Spider-Man, Transformers) has written for several major publishers and edited for both Marvel and IDW. Between him and Andy Schmidt (X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy), founder of Comics Experience, they’ve seen thousands of pitches and worked with dozens of editors. Together, they’ve created a top 10 list of things that the strongest writers do to stand above the crowd. And they’ll give you all 10 in this jaw-dropping panel.

Let’s Make a Comic: Parents & Kids Together Time
Saturday, 7/23/16, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 30CDE

Parents, bring your kiddos, a few sheets of paper and a pencil, and let’s get your kids making comics! Join Comics Educator, former Marvel Editor and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt for a quick–child-based–tutorial on how to get your child’s creativity flowing onto the page in front of them. In very quick and easy steps, Andy will teach you and your child how to make a comic story on just one sheet of paper, how to learn to draw ANYTHING, and get you and your child making a comic–right in this session! Your child could walk out with his or her own comic at the end of this hour! How awesome is that?

Ready Writer One: How to Write for Video Games
Saturday, 7/23/16, 8:00p.m. – 9:00p.m., Room: 30CDE

Join video game writer Andy Schmidt (Transformers: Devastation) for an in-depth discussion on the ins-and-outs of writing for video games and how it differs from writing prose, comics, and screenplays. Andy’s last game, Transformers: Devastation garnered rave reviews and excited fans of all ages of the franchise. And he’s here to give you the insider’s look at the skills it takes to write for giant media and massive hit properties, while learning the step-by-step writing process for video games.

Saving the Bank: Budgeting a Comic Book Project
Sunday, 7/24/16, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 2

Andy Schmidt, (Marvel and IDW editor and Comics Experience founder) won’t just tell you how to budget a comic, he’ll SHOW YOU! On Screen! He’ll walk you through the very real costs of creating a comic book, publishing it, and distributing it through certain channels. It’s eye opening and fear inducing—but then he’ll give you some serious tips on how to save money and get back to black!