You’ve got an idea you can’t stop thinking about, and you know it would make an amazing comic series. So…now what? Join DC and Marvel writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Superman, Action Comics, Alien, Marvel Zombies: Resurrection, Captain America) for a seminar on how to turn your idea into an elevator pitch, a one-page synopsis, a page-by-page breakdown, and finally, a compelling, character-driven script.
The Master Seminar is co-hosted by Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (former Marvel Editor) and is offered ONE TIME ONLY, so don’t delay, click on the PayPal button below and reserve your “seat” before they’re all gone!
Online registration only. Enroll for just $295.
You’ll spend roughly five-hours online with Phillip Kennedy Johnson—starting at 10:00 AM ET—in a prepared discussion that takes you through the process from the earliest conception of an idea to a finished script.
Phillip will recount how he came up with several ideas that became published miniseries, and show/talk through the subsequent pitches, synopses, scripts, and finished issues for each.
How does the earliest, most basic premise become a complex character-driven narrative with something compelling to say? We’ll get into that too!
See in real time how Phillip turns a paragraph-form issue outline into page-by-page breakdowns, and how those breakdowns turn into the first draft.
Phillip will show, contrast, and discuss different versions and lengths of pitch documents that might be called for in different stages of the pitch process, and discuss strategies for the pitch process itself.
Relevant student questions will be encouraged throughout the seminar, and time at the end will be set aside for questions about any aspect of comics, comic creation, or the comic industry!
You’ll have access to a full recording of the session for two weeks following the live event so you can watch and take notes again and again.
If you can’t attend live, you’ll get access to the full recording and you’ll have the option of sending a few questions in advance to Andy that he can work into the Seminar.
This is a ONE-TIME-ONLY Master Seminar and will not be repeated, so don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to hone your pitch-writing process! Enroll now!
Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Phillip Kennedy Johnson is an Eisner-nominated writer living in the Washington, DC/Baltimore region. His comics work has been published by DC, Marvel, Boom! Studios, Archaia, IDW, Aftershock, and Scout Comics. He is best known for his work on Superman and Action Comics for DC Comics and Alien and Captain America for Marvel Comics and as the co-creator of such comics series as Last Sons of America, Warlords of Appalachia, Kill A Man, Smoketown, and others.
Outside of writing, Johnson has a full-time career as a soldier and musician. As a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, he regularly tours the continental United States with the U.S. Army Field Band and the Federal Brass of Washington, DC. He previously toured the world with the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 2004–2005, and has performed with the Moscow Ballet, the Dallas Opera, Washington Symphonic Brass, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Benny Goodman Orchestra. Johnson is an avid student of American art forms, most notably jazz, comic books, and mixed martial arts. He will fight anyone who argues that MMA came from Brazil, and feels that his three names and his penchant for describing himself in the third person give him a gravitas for which all artists should strive.
Andy Schmidt (Co-Host)
Andy Schmidt, former Senior Editor at IDW Publishing, former Editor at Marvel Comics, and writer of such comics as 5 Days to Die, X-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-Men, X-Factor, Alias, Secret War, Captain America: The Chosen, Iron Man / Captain America: Casualties of War, Avengers 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-Man, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star 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.
Do I need to know everything about comics?
Absolutely not. This is a course about creating comics pitches; it’s an in-depth discussion, but we strive to make sure that our conversational tone is inclusive to our wide range of attendees’ experience.
Do I need to be a computer wiz for the class?
No, but you do 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.
What if I can’t attend at the last minute? Can I make it up?
This is a one-time master seminar so there is no way to make it up, but if you have enrolled, you will have access to a recording of the session for two weeks after it’s held to review as many times as you like!
What computer programs do I need for this course?
None at all. Though we will talk about some programs, you’re not going to be asked to use any of them during the seminar.
If I don’t live in North America, can I still take the course?
You bet. We’ve had students jump in from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa. Many of these students have not been able to attend live due to the time difference, but they’ve all been happy to view the recordings!
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 the Master Seminar right for me?
Sure it is! This seminar is a great way to learn a ton about comics, how they’re made, and the thought process behind them. It could really change the way you read comics—for the better. We’d love to have you!
How do I sign up?
Click on the PayPal button for this course and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to attend the Master Seminar.
Go ahead and reserve your spot today! Space is limited.
Prerequisite: No prerequisites needed!
To participate in our live online sessions you will need:
- A computer or mobile device that meets Zoom’s minimum requirements
- To agree to the terms included in Comics Experience’s User Agreement.
- High-speed Internet access
- Headphones/ear buds with microphone (optional, but strongly suggested)
- A mind like a sponge!
Online registration only: To attend the Master Seminar with Phillip Kennedy Johnson: From Pitch to First Issue Script!, you must register online. Enrollment is limited.*
*We do not currently offer refunds after enrollment.