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Friday, February 19
 

1:30pm

Civil Rights and Social Justice Issues as Reflected in Comic Books
Popular media is often a reflection of the events and issues that are occurring when they are being created, and comic books are no exception. By exploring how civil rights and social justice issues have been portrayed in comic books and how writers and artists have been influenced by these movements, we can get a greater understanding of how young audiences are first introduced to these important issues. During the panel we will see how early African American characters were handled and often mishandled, as well as how issues such as women's rights, LGBTQQAI rights and people with disabilities have been addressed.

Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Thomas Strange

Thomas Strange

I once killed a man to watch him die, unfortunately I got distracted and missed it, my friends tried to describe it but it wasn't the same............but enough about my problems

2:45pm

Civil Disobedience as Reflected in Comic Books (Why Luke Cage Can't Breathe)
Civil disobedience can be a powerful force for change. It can move civil rights and social justice movements forward, it can change governments, and it can often lead to violent clashes between authority and protestors. This panel will show how civil disobedience has been shown in comic books from the '60s and '70s versus how they are portrayed today with a special emphasis on how the government and heroes take sides.

Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Thomas Strange

Thomas Strange

I once killed a man to watch him die, unfortunately I got distracted and missed it, my friends tried to describe it but it wasn't the same............but enough about my problems

4:00pm

Self-Publishing Webcomics & Comic Books a.k.a.. (How to live off of Ramen Noodles)
This panel discusses how to produce a regular webcomic, create characters, and promote self-published comic books using tools such as print on demand and social media while trying not to go sane.

Panelists/Moderators

5:15pm

Creator-Owned Comics
Many artists and writers dream of creating their own comic books. But what does it take to actually publish your own comic book? These guys have done it and will share their insights into the industry and how to make creator-owned comics.

Moderators
Guests
avatar for Derec Donovan

Derec Donovan

Artist, Adventures of Superman, X-Men, JLA, Bionic Bombshell: One and Done Shot
Derec (Aucoin) Donovan is a published comic book penciler, inker, colorist, and writer. His career started in 1994 working on L.E.G.I.O.N. for DC Comics, and during the past 19 years Derec has worked for every major publisher in comics. He has worked on virtually every recognizable... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Florimonte

Thomas Florimonte

Artist, Ka-Blam Digital Printing
Thomas Florimonte broke into the comic biz way back in the early '90's. In that 20 plus years, he's racked long list of comic creator credits (inking, coloring, etc.) and has worked for just about every major publisher out there: Marvel, Malibu, Chaos!... And he's still plugging... Read More →
avatar for Barry Gregory

Barry Gregory

Writer, Plublisher, Ka-Blam Digital Printing, John Aman Amazing Man
Barry Gregory is the writer, colorist, editor, and publisher of the hit independent comic John Aman Amazing Man. For the past twenty years he has worked every slot of the comic book assembly line – writer, penciler, inker, letterer, colorist – for publishers large and small... Read More →
avatar for Mark Texeira

Mark Texeira

Comic Book Artist, Jonah Hex, Punisher War Journal, Psi-Force, Sabretooth
Mark “Tex” Texeira has been a comic book artist and illustrator for the last 30 years. Mark Texeira was born and raised in New York City. He attended Manhattan's High School of Art and Design and was granted a Presidential Scholarship at the School of Visual Arts, where... Read More →


 
Saturday, February 20
 

1:00pm

The Storycraft of Comic Books
Moderators
Guests
avatar for Victor Gischler

Victor Gischler

Author, Comic Book Writer, Stay, Deadpool
Victor Gischler is a novelist and comic book writer.  His work includes runs on X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth, The Shadow, Angel & Faith and others, and his creator owned comics include Clown Fatal, Sally of the Wasteland, and the forthcoming Titanium Star. His novels span... Read More →
avatar for Barry Gregory

Barry Gregory

Writer, Plublisher, Ka-Blam Digital Printing, John Aman Amazing Man
Barry Gregory is the writer, colorist, editor, and publisher of the hit independent comic John Aman Amazing Man. For the past twenty years he has worked every slot of the comic book assembly line – writer, penciler, inker, letterer, colorist – for publishers large and small... Read More →
avatar for Mike Grell

Mike Grell

Comic Book Writer/Artist, Green Lantern, Batman
Mike Grell studied at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, and took the Famous Artists School correspondence course in cartooning. His entry into the comics industry was in 1972, as an assistant to Dale Messick on the Brenda Starr comic strip. In... Read More →
avatar for Tony Isabella

Tony Isabella

Comic Book Writer, Author, Marvel, DC, Black Lightning, Captain America
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tony Isabella learned to read from comic books at the age of four and never stopped loving them. In 1972, that passion took him to Marvel Comics, where he began his career as an assistant to Stan Lee and Roy Thomas. In his 42-year career, Isabella has... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Yates

Kelly Yates

Artist, Doctor Who
Kelly Yates is an illustrator best known for his work on Doctor Who with both IDW and Titan Comics. In addition, he writes and illustrates the creator-owned books, Amber Atoms and MonstHer. His work also includes concept designs for Hasbro and Disney. His passion for art, especially... Read More →


4:45pm

Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible Stereotypes in Comic Book History
Who remembers characters such as "Pie Face", "Egg Fu", "Chop Chop", "Go Go Gomez", and "He-She" -- or worst of all the Red Skulls version of Sam Wilson? Many would like to forget these terrible racial, ethnic, and social stereotypes ever existed, but showing why they came to be and how the public reacted to them is important in understanding how comic books grew and changed along with public opinion. There will be a large section devoted to discussion at the end to talk about other little known or obscure characters that fall under this category.

Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Thomas Strange

Thomas Strange

I once killed a man to watch him die, unfortunately I got distracted and missed it, my friends tried to describe it but it wasn't the same............but enough about my problems

 
Sunday, February 21
 

3:30pm

Lex Was Right!!! How Superman Is Destroying America and Why Everyone's Favorite Bald Punching Bag Was Right All Along
Lex Luther has made fortunes, gained power, and has even been President of the United States of America.  He could have retired on the fruits of his genius long ago, but instead he continues to try and stop what he thinks is the single greatest threat to the world today, Superman! By taking the time to look at his politics, his philanthropy, and his genius, Micheal Manning will try to prove that Lex was right all along and Superman is merely an illegal alien taking jobs from American heroes and newspaper men as well as a threat to our national borders. Giving a short rebuttal will be Comic Book historian Thomas Strange.

Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Thomas Strange

Thomas Strange

I once killed a man to watch him die, unfortunately I got distracted and missed it, my friends tried to describe it but it wasn't the same............but enough about my problems

4:45pm

Writing for Novels vs. Comic Books
Writing novels is very different than writing comic books. But these guests have done both! Listen to them discuss the challenges of each medium and how they need to modify their craft to best tell their stories.

Moderators
avatar for Chris "Kiku" Kubiak

Chris "Kiku" Kubiak

Host, Neek! The Podcast
I am a transplanted New Yorker living in Pensacola, FL for the past 8 years. A nerd of all trades, I am one of the hosts of the "pop/ nerd culture" comedy podcast Neek! The Podcast, an opinion piece contributor to GeeksGamers.com, a cosplayer and an avid Funko Pop toy collector... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Nancy A. Collins

Nancy A. Collins

Author, Golgotham series, Sunglasses After Dark, Swamp Thing, Army of Darkness: Damned If You Do
Nancy A. Collins is the author of numerous novels, short stories, and comic books. A recipient of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award and The British Fantasy Society’s Icarus Award, her work has also been nominated for the International Horror Guild Award, the... Read More →
avatar for Victor Gischler

Victor Gischler

Author, Comic Book Writer, Stay, Deadpool
Victor Gischler is a novelist and comic book writer.  His work includes runs on X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth, The Shadow, Angel & Faith and others, and his creator owned comics include Clown Fatal, Sally of the Wasteland, and the forthcoming Titanium Star. His novels span... Read More →
avatar for Tony Isabella

Tony Isabella

Comic Book Writer, Author, Marvel, DC, Black Lightning, Captain America
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tony Isabella learned to read from comic books at the age of four and never stopped loving them. In 1972, that passion took him to Marvel Comics, where he began his career as an assistant to Stan Lee and Roy Thomas. In his 42-year career, Isabella has... Read More →
avatar for Rikki Simons

Rikki Simons

Voice Actor, Writer, Artist, Invader ZIM
Rosearik Rikki Allen Simons is an actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from Invader ZIM. As a writer, Rikki Simons is known for science fiction and fantasy novels such as Hitherto a Lion, Ranklechick and His Three Legged... Read More →