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DC Develops Workshops For Aspiring Artists & Writers

DC Entertainment Launches New Talent Development Workshops For Aspiring Writers and Artists

 

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.

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Watch: Frank Miller At The Dark Knight Panel NYCC 2015

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Cosmic Book News attended this past weekend’s New York Comic-Con where we went to the DC Comics The Dark Knight 30th Anniversary Panel which featured Jim Lee, Klaus Janson, Andy Kubert, Brian Azzarello and the surprise guest star Frank Miller.

Below you can check out video featuring Miller taking part in the audience Q&A.

Frank Miller gets introduced:

 

Frank Miller talks if he is involved in Batman Vs. Superman and if the movie is an adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns (more can be read here):

 

Frank Miller clears up a fan’s thought that The Dark Knight Returns is an Elseworlds book:

 

Frank Miller talks about directing a Batman movie:

 

Frank Miller talks about the character of Batman (mentions Bat-mite):

 

Frank Miller talks about the scene from The Dark Knight Returns he would like to see in Batman Vs. Superman:

 

Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello comment on the controversial Superman mini-comic cover that comes with The Dark Knight Returns III:

 

 

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DC Reveals New Details For The Dark Knight III At Comic-Con

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DC Entertainment began Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015 with a blockbuster announcement, revealing today that artists Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson will be joining living-legend Batman writer and artist Frank Miller and acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello in bringing the final chapter of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga to life.

“THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE” is the epic conclusion to Miller’s 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS trilogy – heralded by TIME Magazine as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time – and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.

THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE will be an eight-issue, comic book periodical, to be published monthly under the DC Comics imprint.  Within each 32 page periodical there will be a special 16 page “Dark Knight Universe” comic affixed in the center. Each “Dark Knight Universe” comic will feature a rotating cast of special guest artists and characters.

“We went into this knowing that we had to give fans more,” said Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “We’re pulling out all the stops to deliver an amazing conclusion to this exciting body of work. We hope it inspires the next generation of writers and artists, the way it has already inspired us.”

According to Kubert, “Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello have crafted such an incredible story for DKIII, as I am truly honored to be associated with them, this project, and Klaus Janson. We, along with the fans, are in for a great ride!”

“Any opportunity to work with Frank Miller is a happy occasion for me,” said Janson. “When we add the talents of Brian Azzarello and Andy Kubert to the mix, we have the ingredients to achieve something truly memorable.  This will be amazing!”

Marking the 30th anniversary of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS original series, this periodical is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.

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Watch: DC All Access With Klaus Janson Talking Superman & The Dark Knight Returns

DC All Access caught up with inker Klaus Janson for a behind-the-scenes look at his process of working on the pencils of John Romita Jr. for their new Superman run, which is written by Geoff Johns.

Janson also happened to ink Romita’s work on Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” Batman storyline, which inspired Batman Vs. Superman, where he mentions Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck and the Nolan movies.

Check it out:

Can you imagine drawing over a work of art? Well, Klaus Janson does it every day. In this exclusive DC All Access clip, Tiffany goes behind-the-scene on Superman with legendary inker Janson, who sheds some light on his collaboration with John Romita, Jr. and even lets Tiffany ink a Superman page! (Well…kind of.)

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