Monday, September 19, 2011

imagination 101 with j.m. dematteis


as many of you already know, i consider myself to be incredibly fortunate in having been able to work in the comic book industry that i loved so much as a kid, to be able to add to the myths and legends of those magical, swirling universes and play with many of the characters that had thrilled me so often in days gone by.
with that said, one of my greatest thrills in my career as a professional has been in working with--and in many cases befriending--those amazing artists and writers that had entertained me those many years.

one of those amazing writers is the incomparable j.m. dematteis--creator of such masterworks as moonshadow, the stardust kid, abadazed, brooklyn dreams and for those of you sticking to the superhero set, long-time spider-man writer (kraven's last hunt), the hilarious 1986 incarnation of the justice league with keith giffen, and countless more!
marc and i first worked together briefly on x-factor and soon found ourselves web-shooter deep in the imbroglio known as 'the clone saga' on the spider books. a crazier battlefield there never was and since then we have been semper fi--brothers-in-arms...and every once in a while we get together for lunch.
he's been a great mentor/teacher/editor/ and champion and
it is my great privilege to call him 'friend'.

on that note, i am so pleased to share with you the following:
if any of you aspiring writers or artists out there are even remotely considering taking a swing at this crazy career, i can't think of a better teacher to give you the facts and the fun--and the wings--to get you going~!
compared to other writing seminars, this is extremely cheap. and i can guarantee, much more fun!

Having enjoyed my recent Masterclass experiences at the Ottawa Writer's Festival and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, I've put together a weekend workshop that I'm very excited about. The first class will be in the fall and the official announcement is below. Hope to see you there!

writing for comic books, graphic novels and animation
with J.M. DeMatteis

 Friday November 4th, 7 pm to 9 pm
Saturday November 5th, 10 am to 5 pm (90 minute break for lunch)
Sunday November 6th, 9 am to 1 pm
Martin Aaron Office Complex in Kingston, New York
(two hours north of New York City)

Join master storyteller J.M. DeMatteis for a weekend exploring the realms of imagination, from the metaphysical to the practical. We’ll ponder the big questions...

~ Where do ideas come from?
~ What part does will play in the creative process?
~ Is the best writing actually an act of channeling?
~ Do we create the story or does the story create us?

...and tackle the day-to-day realities of a career writing superhero sagas, fantasy epics and animation:

~ What’s the difference between “Marvel style” and “full script”?
~ What’s the value of editors?
~ Are agents necessary?
~ How do you handle rejection without jumping out the nearest window?

Come prepared to listen—as JMD shares stories and insights gleaned from more than thirty years writing comics, television, film and novels—but be prepared to work: you’ll pitch ideas, dialogue artwork and help create a story from the ground up.

Bring all your questions, too: this won’t be a brief, two hour seminar. You’ll have an entire weekend, in an intimate setting, to explore your own creativity with J.M. DeMatteis as your guide.

Cost $415.00
Class size is limited. To guarantee your place, register now.

To register and for more more information about lodging and transportation:

don't miss your chance to learn from the master.

oh--and scott's "We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming..." is now up in order so you don't have to scroll up.
go read it the way it was meant to be read--right-side up.
you're welcome.

smell ya later~!

1 comment:

Cooper said...

Man...Wish I still lived in upstate NY. Guess I'll console myself by breaking out his Six-Fingered Hand arc on DEFENDERS. Great stuff!