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Thursday, July 19
 

10:00am

Anatomy of Writing Action in a Novel
Stories are about conflict. And there is no purer form of conflict than a good ol' fisticuffs-style brawl. Or sword fight, laser battle, western shootout, or even two chicks pulling out each other's hair. Yet, how do you put that much action down on paper and not only make it believable but enjoyable and exciting to read? Award-winning author and former lead fiction writer for Sony's EverQuest Next Maxwell Alexander Drake dives into the depths of writing action in prose, breaking it down piece by piece, and giving you some tricks you can use to create more realistic and exciting action in your own fiction.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

11:30am

Advanced Digital Inking Techniques
Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black-and-white artwork to the next level. Comics artist Brian Haberlin will delve into Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, and Procreate's treasure trove of features old and new that not only enhance comic applications but make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before. If you're serious about your black-and-white artwork, this session is a must.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

"Dramatico!" Storytelling Tropes in Visual Narrative (Bilingual)
Telling a story through comics, animation, and film can be a fun but challenging business. Elvin A. Hernandez explores the ways that visual storytellers use design, composition, and layout to tell dynamic stories with dynamic visuals. He connects the use of the three-act structure of classic scriptwriting to allow for visual cues that can aid in the construction of exciting comics, animation, and illustration techniques.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

2:30pm

Drawing with Artgerm Lau
This is a live demonstration of how Artgerm creates characters with universal appeal.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

4:00pm

Drawing with Scott Hampton
Scott Hampton is an American comic book artist known for his painted work for Batman, Sandman, Black Widow, Hellraiser, and Star Trek, as well as Magic: The Gathering cards. He is currently working on American Gods for Dark Horse. For this session he is joined by Jennifer T. Lange, a writer and metalsmith who was an intellectual property attorney for 16 years before she began coloring comics. She assisted and studied with Scott before working on American Gods, collaborating with Scott to help bring tone and texture to the work.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

5:30pm

How to Draw with Jim Lee
DC Entertainment publisher/chief creative officer Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman, Suicide Squad) will talk about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketch your favorite characters live on the big screen. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

Anomaly Productions and Digital Art Tutorials Costumed Figure Drawing
Brian Haberlin (Witchblade co-creator/co-founder of Anomaly Productions, teacher at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, founder of Digital Art Tutorials) teaches a one-hour class in which he demonstrates proper techniques of drawing from a live model while answering any questions attendees may have. All skill levels are welcome. Download codes (retail value of $60) for Brian's Digital Art Tutorials will be given to all participants.

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 2
 
Friday, July 20
 

10:00am

Don't Tell Your Story: Show It
Ever wonder how the really good books suck a reader in and hold their attention page after page? It might not be the characters, nor even the plot of the book. It could be the way in which the author writes that separates his or her story from the pack. Award-winning author and former lead fiction writer for Sony's EverQuest Next Maxwell Alexander Drake offers insights into how to put your story together in a compelling way that will have your readers turning page after page to see what happens next.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

2:30pm

4:00pm

How to Draw with Adam Hughes
Comics legend Adam Hughes draws using grayscale markers. Adam will share pointers and tips while also answering questions.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

5:30pm

Drawing Comics with Carlos D'Anda (Bilingual)
Speaking in both Spanish and English, Carlos D'Anda will demonstrate his techniques in inking, pencilling, coloring, and layout. D'Anda is an American comic book artist who has worked on Marvel's Star Wars comic. He is most famous for his work on Deathblow, Outsiders, and Batman: Arkham City. Recently, he has worked on DC Universe Online.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 2
 
Saturday, July 21
 

11:30am

Advanced Computer Graphic Techniques
Brian Haberlin will demonstrate advanced cutting-edge 3D and computer graphics comic art techniques that will speed up and improve your storytelling, using a wide range of programs from ZBrush to iClone to SketchUp and many more. Learn all the tricks that have been used in the industry for years that no other pro will show you, and learn how to use this information for print, web, AR, or VR.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Comics and Geek Items for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Blind and visually impaired people love comics, gaming, TV, movies, and all sorts of science fiction/fantasy/horror artforms just as much as their sighted counterparts. How do they enjoy such things with little or no eyesight? Totally blind martial artist, competitive surfer, and unashamed geek Joshua Loya and actor/audio book narrator/writer Scott Brick share what options exist for nonvisual entertainment.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Drawing Your Imagination with Kim Jung Gi
Take this amazing opportunity to learn how to draw your imagination that words cannot describe on top of white paper with a black pen. You will realize that you do not need any fancy equipment to draw your heart out after seeing Kim Jung Gi's outrageous live drawing! You will get a chance to see an empty canvas transform into a completed scene with human anatomy and perspective in just 90 minutes.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 2

5:00pm

Talk for a Living: Voiceover 101
Master storyteller and audiobook narrator Scott Brick (Dune, Blade Runner, Jurassic Park) and legendary voiceover artist Townsend Coleman (voice of The Tick, and Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) put volunteers from the audience through their paces to see if they-and you-have what it takes to make it in the competitive world of voiceover.

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Room 2

6:30pm

Being an Author in the 21st Century (and Controlling Your Own Destiny Through Self-Publishing)
Being a successful author is an entirely different proposition than it was just a few years ago. The introduction of the eReader and the rise of self-publishing have turned the industry on its head-and new authors are benefiting. Learn how to harness your strengths and take charge of your career in a candid discussion of the self-published author's life with three Amazon all-star authors: Michael C. Grumley (sci-fi, thrillers), Tim Tigner (mystery, thrillers), and Samantha Christy (romance). Moderated by audiobook Golden Voice Scott Brick.

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Room 2
 
Sunday, July 22
 

10:00am

Creating a Walt Disney Comic Story
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 11, 04:57PM
Ever wonder how pros go about creating new comic stories? 26-year veteran Disney comics creators Patrick and Shelly Block will create an actual short Donald Duck story with audience participation in this creative workshop. Learn firsthand how the Blocks come up with story ideas, plot out their tales, create a good story climax, and lay out a story idea so that it comes to life. This popular workshop is guaranteed to bring a chuckle or two, as terrible things are bound to happen when Donald Duck and his nephews are involved! All ages are invited. Come and join the fun! **This is not associated with The Walt Disney Company**

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

11:30am

Are Superheroes Social Justice Warriors? How to Educate, Illuminate, and Bring Diversity and Social Change Through Comics
Comic books have been pointing out injustice and bringing social issues to light since their outset. Over the years, this has ebbed and flowed, and currently, there is a merry war between both sides of the coin of too much and not enough. The comic industry is booming along with films and television series about superheroes. These panelists will share their thoughts on this topic and how current commentary on social justice and diversity have affected this industry. Moderator Heather Newman (founder and CEO of Creative Maven) is joined by Mela Lee (voice actor, Fallout, Final Fantasy) and Erica Lindbeck (actress, ThunderCats Roar).

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Proper Pitching and Promoting
Learn what it takes to present a proper pitch to a client or company. In this panel, you will learn about presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. Back by popular demand, this is the perfect panel for those who are looking to make a name for themselves or trying to get their ideas in front of their company of choice.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

2:30pm

Mental Health and Comics
Panelists include Edmund Cronin and comic creators, story tellers, and doctors, each with a unique story to share. Mental health issues are not something that should be ignored by a caring society. Social stigma and general misunderstanding keep us from connecting with people who are different. Comics have been and are being used to bring attention to mental health issues in thoughtful and provocative ways. Come hear the discussion about how comics play a role in reversing the stigma of mental illness and explore ways to understand and connect with love ones.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

4:00pm

Mark McDonnell: How to Draw in the Different Studio Styles
Being a good artist and facile with technology are two of the skills animation companies seek in employees. But there's a third component rarely discussed: how well you can draw in the style of their particular studio. In this workshop, Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell will demonstrate how to adapt your style and eye to different studios-including Disney, DreamWorks, and Warner Bros.-to increase your chances of getting hired. Introduced by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Sunday July 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 2