One-Day Seminar  |  Sat, May 18, 2013  |  10am–4pm EST
Instructor: Paolo Rivera  |  Co-Host: Andy Schmidt

Comic Book Storytelling ClassMaster Seminar with Paolo Rivera: The Art of Design and Comic Book Storytelling

Eisner Award-winning artist and painter Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) teaches how to use design techniques—from script to finished page—to create more intense, dynamic, and thrilling comics. Rivera's work is influencing an entire generation of comic creators right now as more of them focus on page design and panel composition as storytelling components, a trail blazed by Rivera.

Rivera has graced the pages of dozens of Marvel Comics over the years and has constantly been evolving his art—starting as a painter, doing painted comics, and evolving into a line art style that recently earned him an Eisner Award along with Mark Waid for their single issue DAREDEVIL #7.

Rivera's laid-back manner, and deep knowledge of comics storytelling as well as graphic design and color theory make him the ideal creator for teaching this Master Seminar.

Along with Rivera, Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt will co-host the day’s event, and we will end the day with a Q&A from the audience, so come prepared!

Please see the tabs below for all the pertinent details, and remember, this Master Seminar is being offered ONE TIME ONLY, so don't miss your chance to learn from a modern master!

Recommended for artists and writers alike. Sign up today!

Online registration only! Click here to enroll for just $295!


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  • Held Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10:00 AM EST until approximately 4:00 PM EST with a one-hour break for lunch.
  • You will learn from both lectures and demonstrations presented by master storyteller Paolo Rivera.
  • You will be a part of a private Q&A with Rivera and Schmidt.
  • You will learn about incorporating elements of design to enhance your storytelling in your art.
  • You will learn how to incorporate design elements into your scriptwriting, when to call for design elements and how to use them effectively.
  • You'll have access to a recording of the seminar for two full weeks after it's held—including the Q&A portion.
  • Exclusive, one-time-only Master Seminar!

Simply click on the PayPal button and you're enrolled!

Paolo Rivera
Master Seminar: The Art of Design and Comic Book Storytelling

Paolo RiveraPaolo Rivera started working for Marvel Comics in 2002. Although he began his career painting in oil, he has since moved on to penciling, inking, and coloring (with some occasional sculpting). He was born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL, and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003, where he studied under David Mazzucchelli. He broke into the comics industry thanks to writer Jim Krueger, whom he met at Megacon in Orlando, FL (while still in high school).

Rivera's best-known painted work is Mythos, a series of six richly-painted origin stories written by Paul Jenkins. Originally published as one-shots, it was collected into a hardcover edition in 2008. He now limits his painted work to covers including The Twelve, The Iliad, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Wolverine, among many others. Most recently, he penciled 6 issues of Mark Waid's Daredevil run. His father, Joe Rivera, inked the issues, for which they received 2 Eisners.

You can see Rivera's art and take an in-depth look at his creative process at The Self-Absorbing Man, a blog that he updates regularly. His original art can be found at Splash Page Comic Art.

Andy Schmidt (Co-Host)
Master Seminar: The Art of Design and Comic Book Storytelling

Andy SchmidtAndy Schmidt, former Senior Editor at IDW Publishing, former Editor at Marvel Comics, and writer of such comics as 5 Days to Die, X-Men: Divided We Stand, and G.I. Joe: Future Noir launched Comics Experience for people who want to make comics or work in the comics industry.

During his nearly six years at Marvel Comics, Andy edited such popular comic books as X-Men, X-Factor, Alias, Secret War, Captain America: The Chosen, Iron Man / Captain America: Casualties of War, Avengers Classic, and the Annihilation saga. As an assistant and associate editor, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon—from Spider-Man to the Avengers and Fantastic Four.

Andy's "tour of duty" also led him to work with the top writers and artists in the comics industry from Stan Lee to Brian Michael Bendis and from John Romita Jr. to David Finch and Steve McNiven. After leaving Marvel, Andy launched a new career of writing and editing, and founded Comics Experience to pass his knowledge on to students.

Andy was also the Senior Editor at IDW Publishing in charge of such popular franchises as G.I. Joe and Transformers. Additionally, he still found the time to write for Boom Studios, IDW, and others, as well as writing an authoritative, Eagle Award winning book about making comics: The Insider's Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books.

Do I need to know a whole lot about comics?

Absolutely not. This is a course about art, design and storytelling. It's an in-depth discussion, but we strive to make sure that our conversational tone is inclusive to our wide range of attendees.

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

No, but you do need to have high-speed Internet access. We recommend that you have headphones with a microphone to plug into your computer, but that's by no means necessary.

What if I can't attend at the last minute? Can I make it up?

This is a one-time master seminar so there is no way to make it up, but if you have enrolled, you will have access to a recording of the session for two weeks after it's held to review as many times as you like!

What computer programs do I need for this course?

None at all. Though we will talk about some programs, you're not going to be asked to use any of them during the seminar.

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. Not Africa or Antarctica yet, but give us time! Many of these students have not been able to attend live, and they've all been happy to view the recordings!

If I don't want a career in comics, and just like making comics or even just want to learn more about the art form I love, is the Master Seminar right for me?

Sure it is! This Seminar is a great way to learn a ton about comics, how they're made, and the thought process behind them. It could really change the way you read comics—for the better. We'd love to have you!

How do I sign up?

Click on the Paypal button for this seminar and you'll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to attend the Master Seminar.

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

Prerequisite: None! All are welcome.

To participate in our live online sessions you will need:

  • High speed internet access
  • Headphones/Ear Buds with microphone (optional, but strongly suggested)
  • A mind like a sponge!

Online registration only: If you want to attend the Comics Experience Master Seminar with Paolo Rivera: The Art of Design and Comic Book Storytelling, you must register online now. Enrollment is limited.

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