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Thursday, July 20
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Dynamic Story Creation in Plain English
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do topics like major and minor themes, reversals, plot points, motifs, reader fulfillment, scene arcs, or the mythic structure interest, upset, baffle, or frighten you? If so, join Maxwell Alexander Drake as he breaks these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft. Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright; he teaches creative writing at writers' conferences and fan conventions around the country.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

11:30am

Comic-Con How-To: New Methods in Digital Painting and Coloring
Learn how to take your drawing to full color or to a full painting. Brian Haberlin will focus on using multiple programs to introduce a mix of new digital and analog painting tricks and tips that will aid you in fully executing your personal creative vision. A comic book artist, writer, editor, and producer, Haberlin is best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations. Haberlin currently runs Digitalarttutorials.com, produces art tutorials, graphic novels, and comics, teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is partner in Anomaly Productions.

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

From Illustration to Animation with Adobe
Learn how to create your own motion comics with Adobe Character Animator. With David Miller (multimedia artist and animator), transform static comic book characters into moving animations. Working with public domain Golden Age comic illustrations and audio, you will learn how to animate a story and turn illustrations into films using a webcam and automatic lip sync, starting with some basics from Dave Werner a.k.a. Okay Samurai (Adobe UI designer) and moderated by Erica Schisler (user engagement, Adobe).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Cartoon Art Museum Workshop: Mastering the Art of Jack Kirby
Ever wondered how the legendary Jack Kirby created his signature style? Now you can learn the tricks of his trade and those he collaborated with to draw Captain America, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men among many other iconic characters. Celebrate Jack Kirby's 100th birthday with Kirby fan and cartoonist Mark Badger (Batman, Just Draw) leading this workshop, with guidance from the Jack Kirby Museum. Supplies provided by Sakura.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 2

2:00pm

How To Color Comic Art
Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Action Comics) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

3:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Painting with Sue Dawe
Sue Dawe demonstrates basic airbrush techniques, including freehand work and masking techniques. Sue is best known for her fantasy airbrushed designs, which have appeared in magazines and on back-to-school products, posters, greeting cards, games, and Franklin Mint plates.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

4:30pm

American Gods: Collaboration to the Nth Degree
Scott Hampton will take the audience step by step through the process of making a comics page for the Dark Horse American Gods comic, beginning with the text from the novel by Neil Gaiman, then to script and layout from P. Craig Russell, next to lettering by Rick Parker, then to finished line art, and finally painting and digital coloring by Scott. Scott's work on Silverheels from Pacific Comics in 1983 is regarded as the first continuing painted comic of US origin. His work includes illustrations for Batman, The Sandman, Black Widow, Hellraiser, and Star Trek, as well as Magic: The Gathering cards.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 2

5:00pm

DC Art Masters: Drawing DC
Class is in session as some of the greatest artists in the industry take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process. DC Entertainment is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive all-access look at what it's like drawing DC!

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

6:00pm

Animate a Superhero with Adobe
Make your own animated superhero! Using Adobe Character Animator, Dave Werner a.k.a. Okay Samurai (Adobe UI designer) will teach you how to bring your toys, characters, art, or superheroes to life. With a simple photo or illustration, turn your Photoshop or Illustrator characters into animations that blink, talk, walk, and even shoot fire! Moderated by Erica Schisler (user engagement, Adobe).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

6:00pm

Learn to Draw Convincing Backgrounds for Comic Book Panels
Ron Lemen (illustrator, storyboard/sequential artist, concept artist, educator) demonstrates and lectures on methods and techniques for designing and rendering expressive backgrounds for comic panels quickly and efficiently. The lecture will also discuss camera angles, lens distortions, and complex perspective.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 2
 
Friday, July 21
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Point of View, What's the Point?
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do you want to learn new and better ways to accomplish things like choosing the proper narrator and understanding the advantages and disadvantages of using first-person/third-person limited/omniscient narrators, indirect discourse, verb tense, etc.? If so, join Maxwell Alexander Drake as he breaks these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft. Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

11:30am

Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Digital Inking Technique
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's and Clip Paint Studio's treasure trove of features old and new, along with other programs that can not only enhance comic applications but also make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen or even possible before. Haberlin is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, and producer best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Learn to Draw Expressive Poses for Dynamic Illustration and Sequential Storytelling
Ron Lemen (illustrator, storyboard/sequential artist, concept artist, educator) demonstrates and lectures on methods and techniques for designing and rendering expressive poses quickly, efficiently, and at any camera angle and/or lens distortion. The lecture will also cover in brief how to light a scene and when to focus on details and when to leave them out to set stronger mood or tone for the image.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:00pm

Save the Bees with Art
Camilla d'Errico (Pop Manga) and Debra Tomaszewski (founder of Planet Bee) and Holbein Artist Materials offer a fun color-along discussion on eco-friendly ways to create art and protect the environment. Coloring pages and door prizes provided. Moderated by Jesse R. Yu (J*RYU) (Kidrobot guest curator).

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Draw with Adam Hughes
Comics legend Adam Hughes demonstrates the use of grayscale markers. He will share pointers and tips while answering questions. Adam has been working in comics for 30 years, creating the very best in cover art and sequential storytelling. Some of his most recognized works include his cover runs on Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Tomb Raider, and the Fables spin-off Fairest, and his recent sequential work on Archie Comics's Betty & Veronica.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

4:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Draw with Jim Lee
DC Entertainment's publisher Jim Lee (Batman, Justice League, Suicide Squad, Superman Unchained) will demonstrate the drawing techniques he uses when creating artwork for comic books. He will answer questions from the audience and share advice.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

5:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Draw Pretty Girls with Artgerm
This is a live demonstration of how Artgerm creates strong and beautiful female characters in the entertainment world with universal appeal, making them cool and sexy without objectifying them. Stanley Artgerm Lau is a digital illustrator, designer, and art educator based in Singapore who has been serving the creative industry and nurturing the art community for the past 20 years.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 2
 
Saturday, July 22
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Show Your Story, Don't Tell It
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do you struggle making your story interesting, immersive, or understanding how to use the English language to show instead of tell? If so, join Maxwell Alexander Drake as he breaks these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft. Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

11:30am

Comic-Con How-To: 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 Poser 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, or VR. Brian Haberlin is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, and producer best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Comics and Other Geek Items for the Vision Impaired
Joshua Loya is a martial artist, public speaker, and professional adventurer who has taken it upon himself to help others craft compelling stories. In his youth, combat sports and athletics were not generally available to him because he was at very high risk for losing his eyesight. Joshua found solace in comics and genre fiction, despite eventually losing his eyesight and pursuing martial arts full-time. Scott Brick is an American actor, writer, and award-winning narrator of over 600 audiobooks. He has narrated books for a number of high-profile authors, including Michael Crichton, Frank Herbert, and Isaac Asimov.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Draw your Imagination with Kim Jung Gi
Take this amazing opportunity to learn how to draw the things in your imagination that words cannot describe using 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. Kim Jung Gi is an established artist from South Korea who has the ability to visualize drawing before making his marks. He has taught manwha (comic book) art at universities and private schools, published numerous sketchbooks, and worked on the TLT, Tiger the Long Tail webtoon.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 2

3:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Draw with Copic Markers with Allison Sohn
Comic book artist Allison Sohn takes you from a pencilled portrait all the way to a final colored piece of original artwork. She will share tips and tricks and answer all of your questions while she works. Allison is a freelance artist who specializes in trading cards and sketch cards and who collaborates regularly with her husband, Adam Hughes.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 2

5:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: How to Tell Stories for the Microphone, Voiceover 101
Master storytellers and voiceover artists Scott Brick (award-winning narrator of over 800 audiobooks, including Blade Runner, Jurassic Park, the Jason Bourne trilogy, and the Dune saga) and Townsend Coleman (the voice of Michelangelo on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Waldo in Where's Waldo?, and the Tick) put volunteers from the audience through the paces to see if they (and you) have what it takes to join the competitive world of voiceover acting.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Room 2

6:30pm

Tapping into Creativity: Five Processes, One Workshop
A comic book artist, a cosplayer, a studio marketing executive, and a TV director walk into a bar. They run into an app producer-he's searching for a way to tap into his own creativity and has sought out their advice! What techniques and tools can he glean from their work and experience? Can they help him? You'll have to come and find out for yourselves! You may even find the solutions to your creative roadblocks . . . Moderator Mitch Lusas (producer, Star Trek app, Cosplay Sidekick) is joined by Chris Copeland (artist, Young Justice season 3, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), Ali Williams (cosplayer, grand prize winner at LA Cosplay Con, two-time winner of Call to Cosplay), Matt Motschenbacher (VP marketing, Deadpool, Logan), and Matt Barber (director, iZombie, The 100) for this insightful workshop.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 2
 
Sunday, July 23
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: How to Make a Comic
Ever wonder how pros go about creating new comic stories? Twenty-five year veteran Disney comic 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.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

11:30am

Comic-Con How-To: Mental Health and Comics
Edmund Cronin and a panel of comic creators, storytellers, and doctors each have a unique story to share. Comics have been and are being used to bring attention to mental health issues in very thoughtful and provocative ways. Learn about how comics can play a role in reversing the stigma of mental illness and explore ways to understand and connect with love ones from Alex Thomas, M.D. (pediatric allergist, cartoonist, co-founder of Booster Shot Media), Christine Clark, M.D. (psychiatric resident at University of New Mexico, scientist, author), Jeremy Lasman (artist, entrepreneur, inventor, co-founder of the Art and Learning Expedition), Gary Ashwal (health communication specialist, co-founder of Booster Shot Media), Dave Elliott (author of Odyssey, The Weirding Willows, artist, editor-in-chief at Zuiker Press), and Edmund Cronin (artist, evangelist, entrepreneur, public speaker).

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 2

12:30pm

The Secret Origin of Good Readers Breakout Session
Create a comic book from scratch with industry pros. Join New York Times and USA Today bestseller Anne Elizabeth (Once a SEAL), writer/editor Dave Elliot (The Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University), New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Monstress), and retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics).

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 23ABC

12:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Self-Promotion
Find out what it takes to present a proper pitch to a client or company. You will learn about presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. Presented by Bryan Tillman, the owner and CEO of the Kaiser Studio Productions, a production studio for comics, toys, animation, and games.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Making Magic Believable
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do you want to learn some tricks of the trade when it comes to creating enjoyable magic systems for your stories? If so, Maxwell Alexander Drake will break these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft. Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 2