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Let's try to treat the convention as a research project instead of, well, fan-wankery. Sure, there will be plenty of time for that, but our priorities should be clear. Obviously some lectures overlap, so we'll have to separate. Bring your voice recorders and take notes. Take a look at the program, and decide what you'd like to see the most. Come up with a strategy.
Panels of interest:
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
STEVE RUDE ART CLASS
Watch and observe Steve Rude’ acrylic demo/workshop as he teaches a group of ten students. He will be teaching fundamental techniques that you can take home and use, taught at each student’s skill level.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
WILL EISNER: PORTRAIT OF A SEQUENTIAL ARTIST
As any comic book connoisseur knows, Will Eisner may very well be the greatest innovator in the history of the art form. From the beginning in the 1930s and through six revolutionary decades, he stretched the boundaries and advocated more sophisticated storytelling techniques, and then reinvented himself as the architect of the graphic novel format. Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist provides us with an intimate look at the man who has been labeled "the godfather of the American comic." Though he wasn't exactly responsible for traditional comic superheroes like Superman or Batman, his character of The Spirit, which followed crime fighter Denny Colt, lasted for twelve years and appeared in various publications. Through interviews with writers, artists, and legends like Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Frank Miller, Jack Kirby, Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, and many more, Eisner's undeniable pioneering influence on the comic book, graphic novel, and creative freedom in America comes out in rich detail. This is one exhilarating journey you won’t want to miss.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Professional
COMICS, CONCEPTS & COPYRIGHTS
This session will help comic book creators learn how to legally protect their comic book ideas and creations. We will unpack key copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property (IP) issues that control how comic book properties are sold. Panelists will include: Thomas A. Crowell, Esq., Ivan A. Saperstein, Esq. and Sheafe B. Walker, Esq.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
WILL EISNER TRIBUTE PANEL
A discussion with some of Will Eisner’s peers and the creators who have been influenced by his work.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Professional
COMICS TO ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS--EDITORS SHIFTING GEARS
Comic book companies and trade book publishers both produce sequential art, but the reader demographics, talent pools, commercial market sensibilities, visual aesthetics, and perceptions of how the material is even read are so different that editors have to open a completely different rule book for what is and is not appropriate for each market. Yes, there’s a rule book: it’s the organic kind editors keep locked in their heads, right next to Sensibility, Craft, and Scheduling, and they’ll be opening it up just for you.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CAG - OPEN CALL FOR MEMBERS
The Comicbook Artists Guild: An Open Call for Members Nationwide— Trying to break into the comics industry? Need an outlet for telling interesting stories with words and pictures? Join Keith Murphey, the founder of the Comicbook Artists Guild (otherwise known as CAG), along with industry veteran Mark Mazz and a panel of members representing the East coast, invites all aspiring creators to take part in an enlightening discussion of how CAG can unite talent together for projects of their choosing and how talented people like you can benefit from membership! Never been published? Need to find your own “voice”? Want to start a CAG chapter in your own hometown? Come find out how!"
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
COMICS EXPERIENCE: BUILDING YOUR ART PORTFOLIO
Want to draw comics for a living? Well, you need a portfolio to show off your stuff! Join Comics Experience founder, Andy Schmidt, and a host of guests to discuss how to get the most bang—and by “bang” we mean jobs—for your portfolio buck! These helpful tips are invaluable for every budding artist.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Teen
USING COMPUTERS TO DRAW COMICS
As comics enter the twenty-first century, digital production has become a larger part of creating comics. New technologies allow creators to draw digitally and opportunities arise to push the boundaries of how comics are created. Meet some pioneers of digital comics artwork and learn the way their processes converge and diverge between traditional and digital means.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
COMICS EXPERIENCE: HOW TO WRITE A PITCH
We all know it sucks, but if you're a writer, you've also got to know how to sell. A mighty cast of comic industry heavy hitters gives you top secrets on how to write a successful pitch! Join us to learn the keys to positioning your pitch for approval!
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
WOMEN IN COMICS
Gail Simone, Heidi MacDonald, Karen Green, Jennifer Grünwald, Jann Jones and Becky Cloonan will discuss the State of the industry from their perspective, plus insight into their exciting current projects, moderated by Abby Denson.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
COMIC ARTISTS TALK ABOUT DRAWING
How do they do it? Why do they love it? Join this stellar panel of artists as they provide the inside scoop! Moderated by Peter Sanderson.
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
BLACK AND WHITE: COMPOSITION AND DESIGN
Over the last century, stories of all mediums have tapped into the dynamic visual quality of “heavy blacks.” This workshop will focus on how to control the use of black and white shapes to create dynamic compositions, intriguing character designs, dramatic lighting effects, and complex staging. This will be a lecture-based workshop, filled with visual examples from the mediums masters of black and white comics. If you like Sin City, Hellboy, or 100 Bullets, this is the workshop for you!
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
THE BLACK PANEL - NYCC STYLE
Witness true black power—the power of black content in the entertainment marketplace. This lively panel will look at how black content is influencing entertainment and discuss how to increase its output in the mainstream.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
COMIC WRITERS TALK ABOUT WRITING
An esteemed panel of writers will discuss their deep, dark thoughts and how they're able to bring their demons to the page, and still lead a normal life! Moderated by Danny Fingeroth.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
TODAY'S VOICES IN GRAPHIC NOVELS
Many of today's hottest authors are doing amazing work in the Graphic Novel medium. Come here these voices as they discuss their thoughts on exploring this new medium.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SCOTT MCCLOUD AND DOUG RUSHKOFF
Join Scott McCloud and Douglas Rushkoff for an hour of debate, theory and commentary on the state of the industry.
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
COMICS EXPERIENCE: THE ART OF STORYTELLING
The greatest Comic book minds of our time divulge the greatest secrets of all time. Join our featured panelists for the top tips for telling a clear and great story in comics. These insights are not to be missed. How can any comic artist—or fan— afford to miss this panel? Presented by Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
KIRBY: KING OF COMICS
Kirby: King of Comics— Author Mark Evanier talks about his new book, Kirby: King of Comics, celebrating the life and art of one of comics' most legendary creators, Jack Kirby. Joining Mark to discuss the Kirby influence and legacy are some amazing names!
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Teen
COMIC S WORKSHOP 1: DRAWING (ADVANCED)
This 90-minute workshop about drawing is for high school students, with Warren Pleace, artist on HELLBLAZER, THE INVISIBLES and LIFE SUCKS.
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Teen
COMICS WORKSHOP 2: STORYTELLING (ADVANCED)
A 90-minute workshop about Storytelling for high school students with First Second Editorial Director Mark Siegel.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Teen
MOCCA PRESENTS: A MINI-COMICS WORKSHOP
Mini-comics – small, photocopied, comics works – are gaining popularity as a cheap and simple way to tell stories and make beautiful artwork. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make a minicomic from start to finish.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Teen Room 2D02-03
COMICS WORKSHOP 3: THE FINAL PRODUCT (ADVANCED)
A 90-minute workshop about combining art and story into a final comic -- and what to do with your comic after that! Presented by Nick Bertozzi. (for high school students)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SELF-PUBLISHING YOUR WORK
How can you get started without a publisher?