I was putting a bunch of comics away this weekend--you know you have to do it too--and I was shocked at how many comics have been produced by Comics Experience alumni. I didn't stop to do a full count, but the variety of content as well as the variety of creators is staggering.
Comics Experience became very real to me as I filed away copies of MORNING GLORIES, WITCH DOCTOR, IRON MAN 2.0, GREAT ZOMBIES THROUGH HISTORY, TALES FROM THE COMICS EXPERIENCE, ANIMAL CONTROL: SPECIAL CREATURES UNIT, TRAIN ME, GAMBLE, SKY GIRL (novel), EXISTENCE 2.0 (and 3.0), and on and on...
These are real projects by real creators who love comics. And they've been published at (in alphabetical order) DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, one creators is even LAUNCHING the Sky Bound imprint at Image, Shadowline (Imprint), Marvel Comics, and more! And that's just the writers.
The Comics Experience artists and colorists are working everywhere. I've seen them at Boom!, IDW Publishing, and Marvel Comics.
When I see a solicitation that has a member of the Comics Experience Creators Workshop or a course alum, I make sure I snag a copy--but colorists are almost never listed, and I'm sure I don't catch every name. I do try to stay in touch with as many alumni as I can, but the group is growing so large, I'll need to spend some real time (and money--which I'm proud to do in this case) to make sure I get a copy of everything that Comics Experience has helped produce!
And let's not talk about editors and staffers--because there are Comics Experience alumni ON STAFF at both Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing (and I don't just mean me, at IDW). And that's awesome, too, as many students are interested in becoming an editor.
I can honestly say that this weekend, filing comic books, actually filled me with a sense of pride--first time for everything! Ha ha. Watch out, folks, we're everywhere now...
If you've thought about creating a comic--writing, illustrating, coloring...whatever. And if you're reading this--then I think you've come to the right place. Join us for the Creators Workshop or an online course now!
In the coming weeks, I hope to get some of these talented and resilient creators here to talk with you directly about their comic adventures--both the books they're creating and how they worked their butts off to get on them and publish them!