Andy Schmidt, former Senior Editor at IDW Publishing, former Editor at Marvel Comics, and writer of such comics as 5 Days to Die and Challenger Deep, launched Comics Experience for people who want to make comics, people who want to work in the comics industry, and those who just want to know more about the fantastic medium of comics. 

During his nearly six years at Marvel Comics, Andy edited such popular comic books as X-Men, X-Factor, Alias, Secret War, Captain America: The Chosen, Iron Man / Captain America: Casualties of War, Avengers Classic, and the Annihilation saga. As an assistant and associate editor, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon, from Spider-Man to the Avengers and Fantastic Four. 

Andy's "tour of duty" also led him to work with the top writers and artists in the comics industry, from Stan Lee to Brian Michael Bendis, and from John Romita Jr. to David Finch and Steve McNiven. After leaving Marvel, Andy launched a new career of writing and editing, and founded Comics Experience to pass his knowledge on to students. 

Andy was also the Senior Editor at IDW Publishing in charge of such popular franchises as G.I. Joe and Transformers. Additionally, he still found the time to write for Boom Studios, IDW, and others, as well as writing an authoritative, Eagle Award-winning book about making comics: The Insider's Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books.

Presenter: 2014