5 Week Digital Course | Instructor: Gamal Hennessy

Building A Freelance Career In Comics


The vast majority of modern comic book characters and stories are created, designed, or produced by freelance creators. Learn what business opportunities exist within the freelance comic book world, how to break in, what skills you’ll need to succeed, how to get paid, and where to search for employment opportunities.

In this five-week course, attorney, author and business consultant, Gamal Hennessy will help you develop a business model for your freelance business, leverage the skills you offer to the industry, and transform your time and creativity into financial gain.

Let Hennessy guide you through  the commercial realities of the art form to maximize yourchances of success.

Freelance Business Development is designed to help you achieve your freelance goals.

Course lectures are conveniently pre-recorded and drop once a week on Wednesdays. Yuo’ll also enjoy access to a 24/7 online classroom for questions, comments, and sharing work with your peers and the instructor! The final class will be a live Q&A session.

  • It meets between 8:30 PM ET and 10:30 PM ET, for five weeks. 
  • You will learn from attorney, author and business consultant Gamal Hennessy. 
  • You’ll get Gamal’s lessons, lectures and discussions! 
  • 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!
  • All of this, for just $495
  • Class size is limited to keep it awesome!

Gamal Hennessy, Esq. is an entertainment transactions attorney specializing in comic book publishing and IP licensing. He began his career as the general counsel for the anime company Central Park Media before moving to Marvel Comics to become their International Publishing Manager. After Marvel, he set up Creative Contract Consulting to help independent creators and publishers protect their rights and revenue. Gamal is the author of The Business of Independent Comic Book Publishing, and The Business of Freelance Comic Book Publishing, and the co-founder of Comics Connection. All three projects help comic creators understand the comic book industry and develop profitable business models for their stories. You can follow Gamal on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gamalhennessy

Do I need to already be a freelancer to take this course?
No, you don’t need any prior experience working on your own. The course is designed to help people understand if freelance work is right for them, and then help them build a business that matches their goals.

Do I have to be an artist to take this course?
No. There are a lot of business and creative jobs in freelance comics, and this course will cover all the different types of work you can do and the different types of clients you can work for. 

What do we do in this course?
Each class will be broken down into two sections. First, we will cover a major aspect of freelance work (building a business foundation, finding clients, collecting your fee and finishing the work) as a formal presentation. Then we will have a Q&A discussion where students can ask questions about anything covered in the course.

Do I need to know a whole lot about comics?
No. The course will cover how comics are made, how the industry is structured and how to navigate this world as a professional. Comic readers may appreciate the easter egg examples more, but you don’t need to be an avid collector for this course.

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, and 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! Keep in mind that many of the legal concepts will apply mainly to students in the US, but the principles will be universal.

Do we get any practical industry advice?
The entire course is based on practical industry advice. Gamal has twenty-five years of experience working in the comic book industry and he represents clients of every size to this day. All of that insight will be available to students of this course. 

How do I sign up?
Click on the “Add to Cart” button for this course and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days containing information about taking the class.

Go ahead and reserve your spot today! Space is limited.

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

Nope. Not one bit. You need to have high-speed Internet access.
To participate in the Live Q&A, 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!

What computer programs do I need for this course?

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

To participate in our live online sessions you will need:

What if I need to cancel my enrollment?

Unfortunately, Comics Experience cannot provide a full refund for course enrollment once the course is purchased.

  • From the time of purchase until twenty-one (21) days before the class start date, 50% of the course fee can be refunded.
  • Between twenty (20) and seven (7) days prior to the class start date, 25% of the course fee can be refunded.
  • Six (6) days or fewer before the course start date, no refund will be issued.
  • We appreciate your understanding and compliance to help us keep costs down and to continue offering high quality courses.