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2009 SDCC Panels, Part Two

When last we saw our brave heroes, they were bravely braving the crowds at the San Diego Convention Center, making their way to the webcomic-related panels of the San Diego Comic-Con. We join them now as they bravely begin the weekend….


10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 3 — Representatives discuss the different needs of the DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, MAD magazine, and Zuda. Room 4
[Emphasis mine.]

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 303: Let’s Make Lots of Money! — This session explores how copyright and trademark rights are enforced, how one’s legal muscles may be flexed, and what to do when finding yourself in a legal mine field. Room 30CDE

12:00-1:00 Comic Strip Syndication Is Dead: Long Live Syndication! — This Q&A session with Stephan Pastis, Richard Thompson, and Keith Knight looks at the pros and cons of comic strip syndication and the challenges and options for aspiring comic strip creators in this era of declining newspaper readership. Room 7AB
[I’m not sure why this one got tagged “webcomics”, but will refrain from a snarky comment about how only half the session title is accurate. Oops.]

1:30-2:30 The One-Panel Panel — Comic-Con special guests Charles Vess, Hope Larson, and Michael Allred, plus Larry Marder will each show and discuss one particularly meaningful panel from their own comics—how it came together, and where it led them as cartoonists. Moderated by Douglas Wolk. Room 4
[Go check out webcomics vet turned graphic novelist par excellence Hope Larson. She’s terrific.]

2:00-3:00 Webcomics Bootcamp — Kurtz, Guigar, Straub, and Kellett have access to microphones and recording gear. Mayhap they will announce the winner of the Remix Brad Guigar Contest? Room 8
[Discussion question: if the Halfpixel dudes are The Beatles, which one is Ringo? Provide examples and show your work.]

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Hope Larson — Cartoonist and Comic-Con special guest Hope Larson, and author Cecil Castellucci discuss Larson’s career, her upcoming graphic novel Mercury, and the joys and frustrations of making comics for a young adult audience. Room 3
[True story — if you’d asked me five years ago whether it was Hope Larson or Bryan Lee O’ Malley that would hit it big, I would’ve bet on Larson.]

5:30-6:30 Made for Mobile: Creating Comics for the iPhone and the Big Small Screen — Learn how existing comics are being adapted and new comics are being created specifically for this next generation of mobile devices. Get important information from Uclick on their open call for new and established creators designing comics specifically for mobile devices. Room 10
[Note: Uclick is a service of United Press Syndicate.]


I got nothin’.

Edit to add: Got the day wrong on this session: it’s actually on Sunday and not Saturday as originally listed; please adjust your calendars appropriately, and thanks to David Gallaher for catching my mistake. As an aside, the thing about Zuda people is that they’re unfailingly gracious to me despite my general mislike for the platform, which never ceases to make me feel a little guilty about not liking it.

Edit to add (again): Aaaaand I got two others on Saturday (thanks to the very Keen Chris Crosby for correcting me). It appears I’m a bit of a yogurt-head, and you should probably double-check anything I said here before you go to the room at the time. Just like Google Maps!

11:00-12:00 Keenspot — The 9th annual iteration of the Keenpanel, featuring Bobby Crosby, Remy “Eisu” Mokhtar, Chris Layfield & Pascalle, Alex Kolesar & Joseph Kovell, R. C. Monroe, and R. Smith. Room 32AB

11:30-12:30 Newspaper Editorial Cartoonists — Editorial cartoonists are seeing their newspaper clients diminish as their audience on the web grows, raising lots of questions for the profession that these cartoonists will address. Room 5AB
[Play nice, kids.]

3:00-4:00 Making Webcomics — Ron Perazza (Zuda), Kwanza Johnson (Zuda), Kevin Colden, Cameron Stewart, Molly Crabapple, and others present a roundtable discussion about the advantages, challenges, questions, solutions, costs and benefits of making webcomics for fun and profit. Topics include working with a publisher, self-publishing, promoting yourself, best practices, style, and moving from web to print (or vice versa)! Room 4
[Seems … skewed towards the Zuda end of the spectrum. But Cameron Stewart does a terrific webcomic, and will likely pull the discussion towards the indy route.]

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