If you’re headed to Boston this upcoming weekend for Fan Expo, Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt will be in attendance and running multiple panels to help aspiring – and even established – comic creators take their projects from great to greater.

If you’re interested in hearing what he and his fellow panelists and presenters have to say about the industry, stop by one (or more!) of the following panels:

Breaking Into Comics and Staying In

Date: Friday, August 16
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Room: 253A
Schedule Description: With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your INVALUABLE guide to breaking into the comics industry. Join Comics Experience founder and former Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing Editor Andy Schmidt, along with industry veterans, for an in-depth discussion about workable strategies to launch your comics career!
Panelists: Soo Lee, David Pepose, Kasey Pierce, Andy Schmidt

Writing for Comics

Date: Friday, August 16
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Room: 253A
Schedule Description: Join top comic writers for a discussion and instructive tips on the art of writing for comics. Writers and Editors speak about the process of writing and how the game is played. We’ll cover significant differences between writing for the screen and prose versus writing for comics! Want to know how stories come about and learn how to do it yourself? This is the place to start! Presented by Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt.
Panelists: David Pepose, Matthew Rosenberg, Andy Schmidt

Pitch Perfect: Designing a Comic Pitch that Grabs the Publisher’s Attention

Date: Saturday, August 17
Time: 11 a.m.
Room: 253A
Schedule Description: This might just be the hardest thing you’ll ever write. It’s got to be perfect–summing up your story in a single page and selling it to someone else. The art of writing a pitch, no matter the medium, is a tedious, difficult task. We will break down the component pieces that every pitch needs and discuss why. If you’ve got a story to tell the world, you need this panel!
Panelists: Heather Antos, David Pepose, Andy Schmidt

The New Comic Creator

Date: Sunday, August 18
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Room: 253A
Schedule Description: The face of comics isn’t just changing, it’s expanding. There isn’t just one face of comics anymore, it’s now a diverse line-up of faces of different shapes, colors, creeds, and so on. Join Comics Experience’s founder Andy Schmidt and several professional creators, to learn how the diversification of comics creators and comics content go hand in hand, and what advantages to new comics creators this diversification holds. Learn what kind of background and training/education these new comics creators come from, and you’ll see why comics are changing and why it’s a good thing!
Panelists: Enrica Jang, Kasey Pierce, Andy Schmidt

Surviving Collaboration

Date: Sunday, August 18
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Room: 253A
Schedule Description: Comics is a collaborative medium. Do you know how to bring out the best from your collaborators? Join former Marvel and IDW Editor/Writer and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt and a host of established comic pros as they discuss collaborative best practices, tips for writers and artists, and strategies for handling editor feedback. Become the kind of creator everyone wants to work with!
Panelists: Michael Cherkas, Larry Hancock, Ash Maczko, George O’Connor, Andy Schmidt

Please note that the dates, times, and rooms may be subject to change based on last-minute adjustments at the convention itself. We wish all attendees and creators the best of luck in Boston next weekend!