The reason is simple: the Introduction to Comic Book Writing class is a prerequisite for enrollment in the upcoming Advanced Class. And January will be the last Intro class offered before the Advanced class opens for enrollment.
As soon as any Intro class ends, the first question we get is -- and we get it often -- "when will the next Advanced class be offered?"
Well, we generally offer the Advanced Courses only once a year...so if you want to join us for both Intro and Advanced Comic Book Writing in 2012 -- and you haven't previously taken our Intro course, NOW is the time to jump on board, before the Intro class sells out.
Make 2012 your year for pursuing your comics career!
Here's the full slate of courses for January:
Intro to Comic Book Writing will be taught by former Marvel and IDW Editor and writer, Andy Schmidt.
During his time at Marvel, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon, and edited hit titles such as X-Factor, the Annihilation saga, Alias, and more.
At IDW, he managed major franchises like GI Joe and Transformers. He is also the author of the Eagle Award-winning book, The Insider's Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books.
In this six-week course, not only will you learn comic book writing from a pro, but the course will be packed with practical, real-world advice on the industry and "breaking in" to help you pursue your career in comics!
That's why Comics Experience alum, Nick Spencer, tweeted:
"For all aspiring comic pros asking for advice on craft/breaking in, I once again highly recommend Andy Schmidt's @ComicExperience courses."A few years ago, Nick had to move to New York City to take Comics Experience classes (check out his guest blog here to read that tale). But you don't have to move, now that the courses are online. This one will sell out fast!
Introduction to Comic Book Writing with Andy Schmidt
Begins January 16, 2012!
Advanced Comic Book Art will be taught by Robert Atkins, a professional comic book artist who has worked on G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes, Amazing Spider-Man, Heroes for Hire, Ultimatum Fantastic Four: Requiem and many others.
If you have already taken the Intro to Comic Book Art class (a prerequisite to enrolling for the Advanced class), then this is your next step toward a career in comics!
In this seven-week intensive course, you'll expand on the skills you've already developed with extended workshopping of your storytelling pages, and discussion of networking within the industry, finding good scripts to work from, how to pencil for inking and for coloring, and rendering textures and objects -- all with a focus on achieving a professional level of finishing and getting published!
You can read what one of Robert's former students had to say about his teaching skills right here. Or check out Robert's art and read his own thoughts on the Advanced Comic Book Art course in this recent Guest Blog right here.
Advanced Comic Book Art with Robert Atkins
Begins January 12, 2012!
Intro to Comic Book Coloring will be taught by Chris Sotomayor (aka Soto), professional colorist on countless Marvel titles (Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers, etc.).
In this six-week intensive class for colorists, you'll learn all the necessary tools and tricks for not only coloring with Photoshop, but also how to tell great stories through color. You’ll get access to all the tools of the trade, tips on how to break in, and you’ll be working with Chris on the pages you color for the class.
Plus, the class will have a session with special guest Rob Schwager, whose coloring credits include the current Ghost Rider, as well as Jonah Hex, Green Lantern, and Superman.
You can read Soto's own thoughts on the class right here...OR read why the class is even better than marriage right here!
Intro to Comic Book Coloring with Soto
Begins January 9, 2012!
Our courses are now offered LIVE, online, and you can attend from wherever you live. You'll be able to see your instructor and his desktop, interact with your classmates, and discuss your classwork in real time. And you'll be able to communicate with your classmates all week long in a special, dedicated online forum for just you and your class.
We hope to see you in our courses or as part of our Creators Workshop community. Sign up now!
If you want to make comics, write or draw comics, or improve as a comics creator, you'll find like-minded friends and colleagues in our online workshops and courses. We hope to see you there!