Submissions for DC’s 2017 Artists Workshop are now open, running until March 1. The Writer’s submission portal will open on March 1 and run until March 31.
The workshop launched as a pilot program in 2015 and ran its first full year in 2016.
DC’s Talent Workshops are a rather curious thing. While it sounds like – and undoubtedly is – a great opportunity to work one on one with Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and other top DC executive talent on nitty-gritty craft issues. It’s also a Master class level workshop, for people who are already in the biz. The 2015 pilot program for artists included Annie Wu, Barnaby Bagenda, David Messina, Juan Ferreya, Khary Randolph, Meghan Hetrick, and Sonny Liew, at least two of whom are industry vets with a decade of experience and one is possibly in the top 100 cartoonists in the world. An ultra master workshop then.
The second year’s crop included Oscar Bazaldua, Minkyu Jung, Sam Lofti, Matt Merhoff, Ibrahim Moustafa, Siya Oum, Lalit Sharma and Lynne Yoshii, a slightly less experienced roster, although one is an Eisner nominee.
On the writer’s side, the pilor program winners included Andy Smith, Christopher Sebela, Emma Beeby, Erica Schultz, Hena Khan, Joelle Jones, Matthew Rosenberg, Michael McMillian, Michael Moreci, Veronica Muniz-Soto and Vita Ayala, most of whom are in the biz or working in it now.
2016’s first full year winners included Owl Goingback, Erica Harrell, Desirée Proctor, Al Letson, David Accampo, Aaron Gillespie, Ryan Lindsay and Tony Patrick, another distinguished group with a Peabody and Bram Stoker awards among them.
In other words, this is a tough group to get in to and the competition is fierce.
Winners of the workshops get their work published in a one-shot showcase – and also get considered for more work at DC. It’s a tough process, but that didn’t stop 90% of the creatives I know from applying last year. I’m sure it’ll be the same this year.
At any rate, good luck and may the odds ever be in your favor!
In an effort to find new and aspiring comic book talent, DC Entertainment’s Talent Development Team is kicking off the 2017 Artists Workshop today, with online applications being accepted now through March 1 at DCComicsTalentWorkshop.com. DC’s Writers Workshop will begin accepting online applications on March 1, through March 31, 2017.
DC’s Talent Development Workshops are led by an all-star talent line-up including Jim Lee, 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.
DC’s 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 2017.
“Following a highly successful inaugural year that saw DC Workshop alum receiving numerous assignments on our books, we’re excited to embark upon a new search for up and coming talent with the 2017 Workshops,” stated DC Entertainment Vice President of Talent Development, Bobbie Chase.
About the Artists Workshop
The 2017 Artists Workshop was developed by DC with world-renowned artists Jim Lee, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert. Visit DCComicsTalentWorkshop.com/artists-workshop/ for more information on the program and to see our newest DC Artist Workshop alums.
Competitive candidates will have an established portfolio of sequential art. 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 2017 Writers Workshop was developed by DC with bestselling writer Scott Snyder. For selected candidates, the 2017 DC Writers Workshop will run in the summer/fall 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.
Upon completion of the program, DCE’s Talent Development group will ensure successful participants are considered for positions on current DC titles.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.