If you’re interested in learning how to create, draw, write, color or even letter for comic books and are located outside of the Los Angeles Area (or are even here in LA!), then Comics Experience is something you absolutely MUST look in to. Founded and run by Andy Schmidt, senior editor at IDW Publishing and former Marvel Comics editor, Comics Experience gives its students access to the insight and experience of some of the comic industry’s greatest creators. At Comics Experience you’ll get instruction from working comic book artists, comic writers and even some of the top comic book editors working for Marvel, DC, Image, IDW and more! No where else will a new creator get access to this level of instruction. Stop by and find out why Comics Experience is rated as the top resource for new comic book creators online!

Comics Experience offers the best courses and workshops in how to draw, write and create comics found online.

Comic Book Art Workshops in the Greater Los Angeles Area taught by Mat Nastos.

If you are interested in learning to draw comics or in creating your own comic books and you live in Southern California, then these extensive workshops in comic book illustration offer all you need to know.  Taught by 20-year comic book industry veteran, Mat Nastos, the following workshops explore all aspects of creating comic books, from writing, character design and breaking down a comic book page to penciling, visual storytelling, inking and lettering.  Contact Mat Nastos direct for more information on registering for these fantastic how to draw comics workshops.  For even more information, you can also check out our website at: http://www.ComicsExperience.com.

Comic Book Art 1-Day Workshop
Instructor: Mat Nastos
Next Workshop: Weekly beginning in November
Location: San Gabriel Valley, California
Workshop Length: 2 hour workshop
Cost: $60
Age: 10+

One of the most exciting forms of art and entertainment, comic books have been a part of entertaining children and adults the world over for nearly 100 years.  In this intensive 2-hour workshop, students will be exposed to the art and techniques of professional comic book creation.  This class will deal in-depth with working with a script, breaking down and laying out a comic book page, story pacing, visual storytelling techniques and how to pencil a comic book.  At the end of the workshop, students will have the knowledge to be able to go out and create their own comic books.

Note: Drawing ability is recommended but not required.

Creating Comics 4-Week Workshop
Instructor: Mat Nastos
Next Workshop: Weekly starting in November
Location: San Gabriel Valley, California
Workshop Length: 4 consecutive weeks; 1 session per week at 2 hours per session
Cost: $200 + $30 supplies/materials fee
Age: 10+

Comic Books are one of the only truly American forms of art.  In this 4-week workshop, participants will be introduced to that art by a professional in the comic book industry.  Students will be taken through every step of comic book creation: creating characters, writing a script, laying out pages, penciling, lettering and inking.

Over the 4-week course, students will work towards creating a finished comic book page featuring a character they have created.  Students will design the character with model sheets, write a one-page story featuring the character and then, in the remaining weeks, layout, pencil, ink and letter that page.

The course will explore comic book writing, page layout and design, figures in motion, visual storytelling techniques, penciling, inking and more.

Note: Drawing ability is recommended but not required.

Cartooning for Kids
Instructor: Mat Nastos/Hal Hefner
Next Workshops: Starting in November
Location: San Gabriel Valley, CA
Workshop Length: 1 hour workshop
Cost: $25
Age: 4-12

This course goes over the fundamentals of cartooning for children.  The basics include drawing faces and figures, creating cartoon characters and drawing for fun.  These courses have been run off and on by the instructors for more than 6 years and are now returning to the San Gabriel Valley.  Supplies will be provided for the students.

About the Instructor: Mat Nastos is an industry veteran of the film, television and comic book industries, with nearly 100 film and television credits to his name as a storyboard artist.  He was been called a “legendary industry talent” in the comic book industry by Tony Caputo in the book “Visual Storytelling: The Art and Technique,” and his comic book work has appeared in 27 countries and been translated into 9 languages.  Mat’s work has been published by Elfquest, DC Comics and Marvel Comics, as well as everyone from Playboy Magazine to Highlights For Kids.  His publishing company, Nifty Comics, has sold more than 250,000 copies of his comic book, the Cadre, since 2005.  Nastos is currently working on his 3rd film as writer/director/producer. Visit Mat online at www.NiftyComics.com and www.MatNastos.net.

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