NYCC Educational Panels schedule

The New York Comicon has released the details of the educational panels scheduled for the event, which will be held February 6-8 in Manhattan. The panels will offer real world advice and hands-on interaction with comic industry pros.

Artists to discuss penciling include Georges Jeanty, Cully Hamner, Jerry Ordway, Whilce Portacio, Ron Garney, and Rags Morales. Writers will include Peter Milligan, Frank Tieri, Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, Fabian Nicieza, Christos Gage, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and Jimmy Palmiotti.

In addition to writing and penciling classes, there will also be interactive panels on inking, coloring, computer-generated comics, comic strips, editing, and even comics for young readers.

“The New York Comicon will offer a lineup of world-class educational panels that rivals any convention,” says Educational Panel organizer Buddy Scalera. “We have an amazing mix of creative voices, styles, and disciplines. Every one of these creators has reached the top of this creative profession because of their commitment to the craft and business of creating entertaining comic products.”

To keep the level of conversation on the appropriate educational level, the panels are hosted by respected editors and other creators, Hosts include Steve Wacker, Filip Sablik, Dave Devries, Glenn Herdling, Dan Goldman, Brian Haberlin, Matt Herring, and TJ May. A series of panels will be hosted by Andy Schmidt, creator of Comics Experience.

Many people go to conventions to break into the comics industry. Educational panels offer actionable and practical advice for people seeking information and guidance. Working editors from mainstream and independent companies will talk about breaking into the industry, including Mike Marts, Scott Allie, Rob Levin, Nick Lowe, and Jann Jones.

In addition, “Creator Connections” is hands-on networking panel offered on Saturday, which connects like-minded creators and helps them initiate their first creative collaboration.


Writing: Story Structure
2:00 – 3:00 Learn how to structure a complete issue from beginning to end. Pace, panel breakdown, and story arc discussed by professional writers who work for mainstream publishers like Marvel, DC, Dark Horse & more. Featuring: Peter Milligan, Frank Tieri, Peter Tomasi, Fabian Niceiza, Geoff Johns, Host: Steve Wacker

Self-Publisher Secrets
3:15 – 4:15 Learn about self-publishing your comics by people who have become publishers. Some success stories…and some not so successful stories. Hear what to do, what to avoid…and much more!
Featuring: Host: Filip Sablik – Top Cow, Darren Sanchez – After Hours Press, Sean O’Reilly – Arcana Studio, Ross Richie BOOM! Studios

Penciling: Page Layout
4:30 – 5:30 See how real professional artists break down a script and thumbnail a page. Actual working pros show you how they determine the layout, the story flow, and specific panels from a real comic book script. Featuring: Georges Jeanty, Cully Hamner, Jerry Ordway, Host: Buddy Scalera

Inking: Art & Craft
Presented by Comics Experience

5:45 – 6:45 Professional inkers discuss the art and craft of inking comic book pages. Presented by Comics Experience. Presented by Comics Experience. Featuring: Nelson DeCastro, Bob Almond, Klaus Jansen, Mike Perkins, Host: Andy Schmidt of Comics Experience

Art: Page Design & Layout

11:00 – 12:00 Interactive discussion by working pros on the importance and role of page layout. Deep insights on how to create believable backgrounds and environments. Featuring: Whilce Portacio, Ron Garney, Rags Morales, Host: Dave Devries

Writing for Comics, Video Games, and Television
12:15 – 1:15 Professional comic book writers discuss the craft and business of working in television, film, video games, and more. Featuring: Jimmy Palmiotti, Len Wein, Christos Gage, Marv Wolfman, Host: Buddy Scalera

Meet the Editors
1:30 – 2:30 Talk to actual working editors from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and more as they discuss the business. Learn about submissions, professionalism, and what it takes to make it as an editor.
Featuring: Host: Glenn Herdling, Mike Marts – DC Comics, Scott Allie – Dark Horse, Rob Levin – Top Cow, Nick Lowe – Marvel Comics

Creator Connections
2:45 – 4:00 Meet your next creative partner in this fun, interactive networking session. Many indy titles and careers have been launched through this panel. Be sure to bring business. cards and samples of your work. A great way to break into comics. Featuring: Host: Buddy Scalera, Co-Host: Jarrett Alexander

Breaking In…& Staying In
Presented by Comics Experience
4:30 – 5:30 Breaking into comics is just half the battle. The other half is staying in. Discussions and advice from writers, editors, artists, and inkers who have seen it all. Literally. Presented by Comics Experience. Featuring: Host: Andy Schmidt of Comics Experience

Going Paperless: Using Computers to Draw Comics 2009
5:45 – 7:30 Learn how to use your computer to create professional-level comics. An annual panel on the state of the art techniques. Featuring: Host: Dan Goldman, Cameron Stewart, Steve Ellis, Rami Efal, Dennis Calero

Cutting Edge Digital Comic Coloring Techniques

11:00 – 12:45 Watch a professional colorists use a computer to color a comic book page. Discussions of software, hardware, and technique. Featuring: Host: Brian Haberlin

Comic Strips Creation
1:00 – 2:00 How to write and draw newspaper-style comic strips. Pacing, design, and even syndication from working comic strip creators. Featuring: Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Giarusso, Danielle Corsetto, Brad Guigar, Tom Wilson, Host: Matt Herring

Comics for Kids
2:15 – 3:15 Meet your next creative partner in this fun, interactive networking session. Many indy titles and careers have been launched through this panel. Be sure to bring business cards and samples of your work. Featuring: Chris Eliopoulos, Jeff Parker, Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani, Jann Jones, Host: TJ May

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