Splash Page with Alex Segura

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

Price: $249

Class Description

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
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