Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Marvel Editor Bill Rosemann and Artist Ryan Browne - Upcoming Guests on the Creators Workshop!

In August, we'll have two great live, online sessions at the Creators Workshop: a Book Club discussion of webcomic Blast Furnace with artist/creator Ryan Browne...

AND a Workshop session with Marvel Editor Bill Rosemann on his comics career, editing, and topics such as how to break into the comics industry!

On August 14, 2012 at 9pm Eastern Time, we'll be discussing Blast Furnace with Ryan.

As Ryan puts it on his blog, "Blast Furnace embraces the fun of improv comic making. It is created a page at a time, with an hour spent on each page (or thereabouts), with little to no preplanning."

Blast Furnace began life as a webcomic, although Ryan now offers a print trade paperback version as well. The webcomic tells the surreal and flashback-ridden story of recreational thief, Earnest "Blast" Furnace, as he battles ostriches, security guards, and robot businessmen made out of several smaller robot businessmen. You can read Blast Furnace right here.

Most recently, Ryan has been the artist, with writer Mike Costa, on the new creator-owned series from IDW, Smoke and Mirrors, which tells the story of a stage magician who suddenly finds himself in a world where magic is real. In addition, Smoke and Mirrors incorporates engaging, mind-bending illusions and mentalism principles right into the story itself, using only ink and paper.

Ryan is also the creator behind the wildly popular webcomic, God Hates Astronauts, which Ryan has described as "a bizarre, slightly offensive comic about animal violence." It returned to regular publication on August 1, 2012, after a brief hiatus for his work on Smoke and Mirrors. His work has also been published by Archaia, Image, and Devil's Due Press.

Then, on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9pm Eastern Time, we'll be joined by Marvel Editor Bill Rosemann!

As an Editor, Bill has worked on projects such as Avengers Academy, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk Smash Avengers, Thunderbolts, Hawkeye & Mockingbird, Secret Warriors, The Thanos Imperative, Black Panther: The Man Without Fear, Marvel Zombies, and many others.

In the early 90's, Bill had his first job with Marvel as a freelancer on Marvel Age, a comic-book trade magazine, where his initial assignment was covering a rooftop photo shoot with a rapper and a man in a Spider-Man costume. After this Peter Parker-like assignment, Bill later was hired into the catalog sales department, before eventually landing in the Marvel Marketing Department.

During his time in marketing, Bill wrote the popular "Your Man @ Marvel" Internet column. And, after a hiatus from Marvel (including some time spent at DC Comics), Bill got a call from Joe Quesada and has been working in Marvel Editorial since.

We're looking forward to a broad-ranging discussion with Bill, covering the many "hats" he's worn in the comics industry, as well as his editing work and his thoughts on comics creation in general.

There's still time to join us at the Creators Workshop before these two great discussions! We hope to see you there.

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!

Posted by Rob Anderson
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