Andy Schmidt

Andy Schmidt is a comics writer, editor, publisher, and educator. He’s been working in the comics industry since 2002 and has been on staff at Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, and Hasbro. He’s overseen multi-million dollar brands and worked in intellectual property development and as a consultant in TV, Film, and animation as well as with toy companies and video game companies.

Andy is best known for his creation of the Marvel Comics storyline called Annihilation which re-framed the Guardians of the Galaxy into a multi-billion dollar franchise. Andy conceived of the project and managed the sprawling, 26-issue saga from beginning to end, giving Marvel a new Guardians for a new era.

Andy has worked on nearly every boy-brand there is, including writing comics, video games, and prose stories. Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek, and DC Comics have all brought great joy to Andy in his career and writing, editing and consulting work.

In 2007, Andy founded Comics Experience to pass his knowledge on to students. In 2008, Andy wrote an authoritative, Eagle Award-winning book about making comics: The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books. His follow up book, The Comics Experience Guide to Writing Comics: Scripting Your Story Ideas from Start to Finish was published in 2018 to rave reviews.

Andy currently lives in Kentucky with his family and frequently travels to LA for various meetings and work. In his spare time, he is a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s JPL, and a coach and referee for adult and kids soccer.

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