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6 Week Live Online Course | Wednesdays, July 14 – August 25, 2021 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm ET | Instructors: Andy Schmidt and Paul Allor

Introduction to Writing Comics

If you’ve ever dreamt of writing your own comic, or want to improve your existing skills, this is the course for you.

Learn from renowned comics writer/editors Andy Schmidt and Paul Allor who have edited and written for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and IDW Publishing.

In this class you will conceive, outline and write a complete 5-page comic book script!

In Andy and Paul’s six-week intensive class for writers, you’ll learn all the necessary tools for telling great stories. You’ll also learn about the industry as a whole, tips for breaking in, how to format a script and the pros and cons of self-publishing! For over a decade our Intro to Writing course has been proven effective for hundreds of students –  including multiple Marvel and DC Comics writers, top Image Comics creators, and working editorial staff in nearly every major comics publisher.

Space is limited, so don’t delay! Sign up for the course today!

Online registration only. Enroll for just $595.

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  • You will work with professional comic book editor and writer Andy Schmidt & Paul Allor.
  • You will write a complete 5-page comic script under Andy & Paul’s expert guidance.
  • You’ll get Andy & Paul’s wealth of experience and training.
  • You also get exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum.
  • You’ll have access to recordings of any class in the series for the duration of the class and a few weeks after its conclusion—so you never have to miss a class!
  • You only need to bring your brain—the rest is provided.

Andy Schmidt

Andy Schmidt

Andy Schmidt, former Senior Editor at IDW Publishing, former Editor at Marvel Comics, and writer of such comics as 5 Days to DieX-Men: Divided We Stand, and G.I. Joe: Future Noir launched Comics Experience for people who want to make comics or work in the comics industry.

During his nearly six years at Marvel Comics, Andy edited such popular comic books as X-MenX-FactorAliasSecret WarCaptain America: The ChosenIron Man / Captain America: Casualties of WarAvengers Classic, and the Annihilation saga. As an assistant and associate editor, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon—from Spider-Man to the Avengers and Fantastic Four.

In 2007, Andy founded Comics Experience to pass his knowledge on to students. In 2008, Andy wrote an authoritative, Eagle Award-winning book about making comics: The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books. His follow up book, The Comics Experience Guide to Writing Comics: Scripting Your Story Ideas from Start to Finish was published in 2018 to rave reviews.

In 2010, Andy created the Creators Workshop as part of Comics Experience, where students can learn and grow together as a community of creators. Having left corporate life in 2013, Andy began consulting and writing in the entertainment industry on properties such as Spider-ManThe AvengersGuardians of the GalaxyStar Wars, and Transformers as we all as consulting with film and television studios.

Comics Experience currently has publishing partnerships with multiple publishers in the comics industry, creating a path to publication for beginners all the way up to becoming a published pro! As of the end of 2019, Comics Experience will have published over 20 titles currently available through various publishers listed in the Diamond Comics Catalog.

Andy is currently writing for DC Comics for Generations Shattered, Generations Forged, and Crime Syndicate.

Andy is the producer of the Comics Experience Make Comics Podcast and you can follow him on Twitter at @ComicExperience.

Paul Allor

Paul Allor is a critically-acclaimed writer, editor and letterer who began as a Comics Experience student and workshop member, eight years ago. Since then, he has written for Marvel Comics, AfterShock Comics, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Monkeybrain Comics, and the rap-metal band Hollywood Undead, which hired Paul to write a comic telling the band’s fictional superhero origins.

Paul’s comics writing is known for balancing intensely character-driven stories with bombastic ideas and dynamic plotting. His creator-owned books include Monstro Mechanica, from AfterShock Comics; Tet, from IDW Publishing and Comics Experience; Past the Last Mountain, from Gov’t Comics and Comics Experience; Strange Nation, from Monkeybrain Comics; and the self-published comics Orc Girl and Clockwork, the latter of which included Paul’s five-page story from his Comics Experience Introduction to Writing class!

On the work-for-hire side, Paul is perhaps best known for his extensive work in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise for IDW Publishing, including the opening arc of TMNT: Universe; TMNT: Mutanimals; TMNT: Utrom Empire; Turtles in Time and TMNT: Microseries – Shredder, among others. He has also worked on GI Joe for IDW, including the Siren’s Song arc of the main GI Joe title, and the GI Joe: Deviations issue. More recently, he completed a six-issue mini-series based on the board game Clue and in 2019 he released GI Joe #1 through IDW.

Other work-for-hire comics include Secret Empire: Brave New World; Uncanny Inhumans: Monsters Unleashed; Year of Marvels: Iron Man and Nova; and Marvel Universe Presents, Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Comics; Pathfinder: Goblins, for Dynamite Entertainment; and Bravest Warriors for BOOM! Entertainment.

Paul’s editing work includes Sheltered, from Image Comics, created by Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas, and Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit from IDW Publishing and Comics Experience, created by Rob Anderson.

Since January 2017, he has served in various capacities with Comics Experience and in 2019 became Managing Editor. He is teaching assistant for the Intro to Writing courses and the instructor of courses on Writing a Mini-Series, Creating Great Characters, Discovering Genre, Freelance Writing for Comics and Writing Creator-Owned and Indie Comics: Building Your Comics Library and Career!  You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulAllor.

The course meets online, once a week for two hours, over a period of six weeks. This intensive course focuses on crafting a relatable and concise story over five pages. The challenge of the five-page limit is part of what makes the course so effective.

During the course, you’ll take your story from its most basic elements and build them up into a fully realized story, ready to hand to an artist or publisher.

What’s the focus of the course?

The classes themselves focus on as much information about storytelling and comic books as Andy can pack into six weeks. He starts with teaching how to distill a story down to its most basic elements, trimming away the fat, and then building it back up from there with a clear, unifying vision from the author.

From there, expanding out on characters and world-building, Andy shows you how to build those elements into a comic book script. In your story’s infancy, it could develop into any medium, but we’re talking about comics and that’s exactly what Andy does. He helps you develop your story into something that will work as a dramatic (or hilarious or tragic) comic book. He teaches how to communicate with your artist as well as your reader. He covers how to write action, how to write dialogue and how to keep your story fresh.

As you workshop your story, you’ll learn a step-by-step methodology from Andy that is completely repeatable, so you don’t have to take the course again (though you’re welcome to!).

By the course’s end, you’ll have a five-page comic book script and you’ll know what to do with it!

How did Andy create the course?

Andy’s process has been developed primarily by three major influences:

The first is his long experience teaching. Prior to his work in comics, Andy taught both high school and college-level courses while getting his masters degree in Media Communications. The years spent teaching and creating curriculum have put him in the unique position of being both a professional instructor as well as a professional comics creator and editor.

Secondly, Andy spent much of his time in New York City and at Marvel, meeting and learning from the best creators in the business. He spent as much time as he possibly could absorbing all the knowledge from his fellow editors, publishers, production artists, and of course, the creators he would speak with every day; people like Klaus Janson, Walter Simonson, John Romita Jr., Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, David Finch, Steve McNiven, Mark Millar, Dan Slott, Peter David, and many more. Through them, working with them and learning from them, Andy really began to put the pieces together for a methodology that he could teach.

Lastly, Andy’s own work has influenced his approach. Developing his own writing skills and techniques through trial and error have been immensely helpful in crafting tips, skills, and processes that can help writers at all levels of experience.

What else do I learn?

Andy’s course also covers many important industry topics for writers, like how to go about finding an artist for your story, how to become excellent at networking, how to get your foot in the door, what it takes to self-publish, and more.

There is no better way to learn comic writing or how to make comics than Comics Experience’s Introduction to Comic Book Writing.

What else will we be doing?

In addition to talking with Andy during the class sessions (and they are recorded if you have to miss one or more) you’ll also have exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum where your class can meet online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the duration of the course.

And the forum is where you’ll be able to post your work for your classmates to review, comment on, and make suggestions. And likewise, you’ll be asked to comment on your fellow students’ stories as well. The single best way to improve your own writing skills is to read and critique others and here you’ll be able to do that and have conversations with each other about them. You’ll problem-solve together and find new ways to write and work around plot holes and other story challenges.

What do I do after the class?

Once the course is over, you’ll have been taught how to approach comic book stories–not just a set of steps for one specific story. It’s important that the writer be able to repeat the process once out of the classroom!

You’ll be able to confidently approach a story idea, knowing you can flesh it out from the smallest seed into a working script.

Many classmates decide to produce an anthology upon completion, but this is entirely optional.

Do I need to know a whole lot about comics?

Absolutely not. All Introduction courses are designed for total beginners and those seeking to improve their craft. The class has a quick pace, so if you’re very new, be prepared to work, but one thing we pride ourselves on at Comics Experience is our ability to teach to an individual’s skill level.

These courses aren’t about the instructor, and that’s why we keep them small. We have an excellent track record with our students, and it’s our top aim to keep it that way. So, new to comics? Come on in, we’d love to show you around! Old pro? Let’s sharpen those skills and learn a few new tricks! Everyone’s welcome, and the group learning will help everyone improve!

Do I need to be a computer wiz for the class?

Nope. Not one bit. You need to have high-speed Internet access. We recommend that you have headphones with a microphone to plug into your computer, but that’s by no means necessary. Ultimately, you don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, though we like hearing your voice!

Once you’re in your first class, we’re sure you’ll get comfortable very quickly.

What computer programs do I need for this course?

None! Just the Internet access and you’re good to go! Of course, a word processing program like MS Word would probably be good…

When does the class meet and for how long?

The Introduction to Writing class meets once a week for six weeks. It meets between 9:00 PM ET and 11:00 PM ET. The course is held live.

What if I miss a class?

All of our classes are recorded and available to view via streaming link for the duration of the course. And on top of that, you’ll have exclusive access to the Comics Experience forum set up just for the class. You’ll be able to interact with the rest of your class all week long at any time!

If I don’t live in the United States, can I still take the course?

You bet. We’ve had students jump in from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa. Not Antarctica yet, but give us time! Some of these students have not been able to attend live, but they’ve viewed the recordings and interacted with their classmates online!

Learning about comic storytelling is great, but do we get any practical industry advice?

You’ll get a LOT of practical industry advice. Networking is one of our main topics in all of our introductory courses. It’s, simply put, essential for anyone who wants a career in comics. We discuss relationship-building and ways to get your foot in the door and where to go to meet the right people and so on.

If I don’t want a career in comics, and just like making comics or even just want to learn more about the art form I love, is this class right for me?

Sure it is! How better to expand your knowledge and understanding of comics than by engaging with creators? And that’s what most of our students are—they’re creators. It’s a great place to learn just for fun if you wish, too. We’d love to have you!

How do I sign up?

Click on the PayPal button and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to get started with the course.

Whether you want to write comics for fun or become a pro, your comics career starts here. Go ahead and reserve your spot today! Space is limited.

To participate in our live online sessions you will need:

Do I need to be a computer wiz for the class?

Nope. Not one bit. You need to have high-speed Internet access. We recommend that you have headphones with a microphone to plug into your computer, but that’s by no means necessary. Ultimately, you don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, though we like hearing your voice!

Once you’re in your first class, we’re sure you’ll get comfortable very quickly.

What computer programs do I need for this course?

None! Just the Internet access and you’re good to go!

Online registration only: To attend Introduction to Writing Comics, you must register online. Enrollment is limited.*

*We do not currently offer refunds after enrollment.

Paul Payabyab-Cruz

“I’ve been telling everyone I could about how much this class was the best learning experience I’ve had. I’ve been jaded by the industry I work in because of how I’ve seen it treat people’s time and money, and I rarely see any heart on the business side of it. I’ve experienced the complete opposite with you all at Comics Experience. Throughout the whole class I felt like you took our investment of time and money seriously and poured your heart into everything you taught us. It’s really refreshing and inspiring to see that heart and passion can exist on the business end of an industry. Before taking my first course with Comic Experience I knew I wanted to write comic books, but I had no idea where to start and I was completely intimidated. From the start of the first class I gained confidence because the course is easily digestible, but challenging in all the right ways to creatively grow. By the end, I had a grasp of writing and the industry far beyond what I expected. The staff’s credentials speak for themselves, but what’s not listed in their bibliographies is their passion and love for teaching and the art form. This is a rare characteristic in any teaching environment and is why I’m going to continue taking courses with Comics Experience.”

Steven Urena

“Absolutely loved the class. As someone who has wanted to pursue comics for a while now, Comics Experience is the answer! The class was incredibly engaging and the community is very supportive and gives good feedback, launching you closer to a finished product.”

Erik Hombre Gudowski

“I can’t say enough about how great Andy and Paul’s class has been in the development of my storytelling abilities but this is the third time I’ve taken the class so that says something. With different students in the class each time there are different questions and conversations. I have learned new things to help me every time.”

Matthew Selle

“Taking the Comics Experience Intro to Writing class was an awesome decision! Andy and Paul were great teachers, I had a great time and my writing definitely improved. I’ll be taking more classes with them in the future!”

Cole Hedger

“Thanks for the review and for a wonderful class. It really opened up my eyes in regards to writing comics and writing in general, and was interesting to read through other people’s projects from start to finish. And of course it was wonderful to get ideas down on paper–something I can actually utilize and do something with!”

Brian Baccarella

“Intro to Comics is the best writing class I’ve taken thus far.  Andy has a ton of great insights, and a great comic creating process/structure from beginning to end.  The critiquing aspect is invaluable.  Andy doesn’t hold back on his own critiques which makes them incredibly honest and useful.  Comics Experience’s own scripts and templates are provided during the class as learning tools, as well as a recommended reading list.  This is the first class I’ve been in that has had live video chatting.  This gets you closer to your peers, and allows for more honest and enthusiastic critiques.  This class WILL make you a better writer and story teller.”

Ian Powers

“It was a wonderful experience, you (Andy) really pulled away the veil on comics writing.  I’ve learned more than I would have thought possible from an introductory class.  I’ve read all the books, and taken classes on writing before, but this experience was like having a Kung Fu master on my shoulder the whole way through.  I believe it’s your passion that really made it such a unique adventure.  It’s rare to find someone who walks the walk at the top levels, and can still nurture and guide new talents the way you do. Bravo!”

Elisa Westmore

“I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to write comics someday. Andy offers wisdom and insight not only into the writing process, but into the industry itself. I really feel like I learned a lot, and the practical component of writing and critquing was invaluable.”

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.”

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!”

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.”

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.”

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!”

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!”

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!”

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.”

Ivan Antonio

“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!”

Wanda Beck

“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.”

Gary Cohen

Writer/Artist, Editor

“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.”

Jon Conrad

“What a huge improvement I see in the quality of my work since the beginning of the course… I hope to attend more of your courses in the near future. I am invigorated by your expert tutelage, and am comfortable in knowing that Intro to Comic Book Writing has made all the difference in my desire to enjoy comic book stories in this totally new way; as a creator and not just as a reader.”

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