DC Entertainment announced yesterday the launching of their Talent Development Workshops for those wishing to be a future artist or writer for the comic book publisher. Writers and artists can submit applications beginning April 1st for the Artist Workshop and May 1st for the Writers Workshop.
The Artist Workshop is an innovative program designed to train elite artists in sequential visual narrative. Your art assignments get evaluated and critiqued by some of the industry’s top artists, such as Jim Lee, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert. Chosen artists will be invited to a two-week training program at DC’s offices in Burbank, CA.
The Writers Workshop is for professional writers aspiring to become DC’s next generation of storytellers. The Workshop consists of a thirteen-week online program teaching skills on how to stay competitive in today’s market. If chosen, you will head to the DCE offices to attend an extensive writing experience with the Talent Development staff. Upon successful completion, DCE’s Talent Development group will ensure successful participants are considered for positions on current DC titles.
This is a fantastic move for DC as it shows they are open to new things, fresh input, and any and all ideas. This shows DC’s commitment to deliver quality in their stories and artwork, and they recognize the need for fresh talent to continue to move forward with their titles.
Wow. Jump on this opportunity folks, you could be the future of DC Comics!
“Finding and fostering fresh, new voices – the DC Talent Program is a vital component of reaching out, discovering and developing the next generation of talent.” – Jim Lee
“I love the epic nature of comic book storytelling, something that’s bigger-than-life, larger than any screen or anything that you can ever watch or imagine in any other form. ” – Dan DiDio
Official press release courtesy of DC Entertainment:
DC ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES NEW TALENT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS FOR ASPIRING WRITERS AND ARTISTS
Burbank, CA (March 25, 2016) — In an effort to find new and aspiring comic book talent, DC Entertainment has launched Talent Development Workshops for both writers and artists, led by bestselling and acclaimed comic talent including Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert. The series of workshops are designed to give access and a voice to new and prospective talent, providing an opportunity to showcase their work following intensive DC workshop sessions.
Online applications for DC’s Artists Workshop will be accepted April 1-30, 2016 while applications for the Writers Workshop will be accepted May 1-31, 2016. DC’s new Talent Development website offers extensive tips, advice and recommended reading to help potential applicants navigate the submission process. Both workshops will take place in fall 2016.
“Our goal is to identify and foster fresh, new voices,” stated DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and bestselling artist, Jim Lee. “The new DC Talent Development Workshops will play a vital role in discovering and developing the next generation of comic talent.”
“I’ve brought in a lot of new writers to DC, both from within and outside of comics, for Rebirth, working with them closely as we rebuild our universe,” stated DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns. “The creative growth of DC comes from new voices joining the mix, both writers and artists, and it’s been an absolute highlight to work with them.”
Bestselling Batman writer Scott Snyder added, “I’m so proud and honored to be heading up DC’s Writers Workshop. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, and getting to help welcome and coach new voices at a company that’s given me so many creative opportunities is a tremendous thrill.”
About the Artists Workshop
The 2016 Artists Workshop was developed by DC with world-renowned artists Jim Lee, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert and follows a successful pilot program that took place in fall 2015. Visit DCComicsTalentWorkshop.com to view artwork completed by pilot program students.
Competitive candidates will have an established portfolio of sequential art and illustrations. For the artists selected via the online submission process, the Workshop will provide the knowledge and exposure required to cross the threshold into the competitive world of comic book publishing. Chosen artists will be asked to complete art assignments that will be critiqued by several top DC Artists. If the artists achieve the level of work required for the course they will then be invited to a two-week, intensive workshop at DCE’s Burbank offices.
About the Writers Workshop
The 2016 Writers Workshop was developed by DC with bestselling writer Scott Snyder and follows a successful three-month pilot program. For selected candidates, the first part of the 2016–2017 DC Comics Writers Workshop will run October 2016–January 2017 as an online real-time, weekly interactive seminar, for thirteen consecutive weeks. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in this highly competitive field. Following the initial Workshop, a smaller hand-selected group of those participants will be invited to DCE offices in Burbank for an intensive writing experience, featuring guest speakers currently working in comic books, including a mix of editors, writers, artists and the Talent Development staff.
Upon completion of the Master Class program, DCE’s Talent Development group will ensure successful participants are considered for positions on current DC titles.