I’ll be attending the awesome Special Edition NYC comic book convention on June 6 and 7, 2015. Here’s my schedule — hope to see you there!
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Artists’ Alley! Table G9.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Theater 2 | PANEL: The Princess Who Saved Herself – From Song to Children’s Book to Kickstarter
This March, “The Princess Who Saved Herself” became the fourth highest grossing children’s book Kickstarter of all time. Writer Greg Pak and Singer-Songwriter Jonathan Coulton will reveal all the secrets behind the making of the book. A hugely practical exploration of how the team adapted a song into a book, made the creative transition from comics to children’s books and ran a crowdfunding campaign for a book starring a multiracial, proactive princess – with nifty giveaways to lucky audience members!
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM | Theater 2 | PANEL: #BlackComicsMonth: Diversity in Comics
#BlackComicsMonth was birthed during Black History Month and spotlighted 28 days of black comic creators. After realizing that 28 days wasn’t enough, BlackComicsMonth.com has continued featuring black creators in the mainstream as well as independent comics community, along with black comic characters. #BlackComicsMonth was featured on AVClub, Buzzfeed and BlackSportsOnline. Dynamite Comics and BOOM! Studios donated free copies of Shaft #1 and Plunder #1 through Comixology. This BlackComicsMonth Panel will feature creators who have books that were spotlighted on BlackComicsMonth since inception; Indie and mainstream creators. These creators will discuss diversity in comics, show off their talented work and answer questions.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Artists’ Alley! Table G9.
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Theater 1 | PANEL: Writer’s Unite: Pitching Creator-Owned Comics
Creator-owned comics have grabbed the imagination of the comic-reading community all over again and publishers are looking for fresh ideas from a new generation of talent. Listen closely as Charles Soule (Letter 44, Death of Wolverine), Greg Pak (Action Comics, The Princess Who Saved Herself), Marguerite Bennett (Butterfly) and Jim Zub (Wayward, Samurai Jack) discuss pitching their comic series to publishers and offer advice on how to traverse the treacherous submission mountain, along with comic writing techniques and amusing anecdotes.
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Artists’ Alley! Table G9.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Artists’ Alley! Table G9.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Theater 2 | PANEL: Representation Beyond Characters: How Diversity Bleeds into Work
It’s long been understood that an artist’s identity often finds its way into their work. There have been frequent and strong calls for more diverse characters and creators as of late. This Panel will talk to working creators about how their identities inform their work. Whether it’s autobiographical work or working on one of comic’s major characters, Panelists will talk about how this form of “sneaky diversity” has bled into what they do. As well as the ways they were inspired by seeing it in their favorite works.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Theater 1 | PANEL: The New DC Universe – Are You Ready?
After DC’s Convergence, it’s a bold new world! Join some of the architects of that new future as they discuss what lies ahead for the DC Universe. Panelists include: Becky Cloonan, Ming Doyle, Brenden Fletcher, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak and Annie Wu.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Artists’ Alley! Table G9.