Got a brilliant idea for a comic book? Don't know what to do with it? Let Alex Segura—comic book editor, writer, and marketing exec—school you on pitching in this two week class.
Your Instructor: Alex Segura, novelist, comic book writer and editor
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: January 26, 2023 - February 8, 2023
Enrollment: Limited to 16 students
How do you take your comic book idea from concept to four-color reality?
Compared to comics, book pitches are easy! When it comes to a book, all you need is a query letter and some sample pages. Maybe a synopsis.
For a comic, though—do you need a script? Artwork? How many pages? What format?
And once you're done, where do you send it?
We’ve recruited Alex Segura, formerly of Archie Comics and Oni Press, to walk you through the basics, from tightening up your concept, to whittling down what you include, to getting your pitch in the right hands.
Alex Segura is the bestselling and award-winning author of Secret Identity, which The New York Times called “wittily original” and named an Editor’s Choice. NPR described the novel as “masterful,” and it received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist. It was also listed as one of the Best Mysteries of the Year by NPR, Kirkus, Booklist, LitReactor, Gizmodo, BOLO Books, and the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Alex is also the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, the Anthony Award-nominated Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery series, and a number of comic books – including The Mysterious Micro-Face (in partnership with NPR), The Black Ghost, The Archies, The Dusk, The Awakened, Mara Llave – Keeper of Time, Blood Oath, stories featuring Marvel heroes Sunspot, White Tiger, Spider-Man and DC’s Superman and The Question, to name a few.
And he's here to offer his years of experience in the comic book industry, so you can take your idea and take steps toward making it a reality.
What This Class Covers
WEEK 1 - Creating the pitch
Alex will give you the tools to make your daydream get a step closer to reality. You'll write a sample pitch based on these discussions and he'll give you feedback.
WEEK 2 - What now?
You've got a pitch, what do you do with it? Alex will give you general guidelines on dealing with editors—including over email, at shows—as well as insider tips on what they look for. The class will conclude with a review of your revised pitch based on Alex's notes.
Goals Of This Class
- Develop a better understanding of what comic editors are looking for
- Find out what goes into a comic book pitch
- Learn how to pitch your idea the right way
- Figure out what to include—and what not to include
- Learn the basics of writing a comic book script
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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