NY Comic Con Information Panels

Beyond the massive floor insanity, top flight talent and endless comics memorabilia for sale there are the panels. These panels cover everything from various states of the industry to upcoming works. There are also some educational panels at the show as well offering attendees information on how to break into the industry. The Educational Panel (organized by Buddy Scalera) have a wide range of panels scheduled for answering such questions for attendees. Writing: Story Structure tells you how to structure a complete issue from beginning to end (pace, panel breakdown, and story arc). Penciling: Page Layout shows you how real professional artists break down a script and thumbnail a page. There's also Writing for Comics, Video Games, and Television giving you access to professional comic book writers discuss the craft and business of working in television, film, video games, and more. Attendees should know that there are tons of other things to check out at the convention beyond the comics. So take advantage of that and get your money's worth by checking out at least one of these panels. Full press release below. The New York Comic Con 2009 Educational Panels will offer real world advice and hands-on interaction with top comic industry pros in an unprecedented scheduling lineup. Highly respected working comic pros will be teaching aspiring creators secrets of the craft and business of creating comics at the convention on February 6-8 in Manhattan. Many of these top creators are making their first appearance at the New York Comicon, including several who are traveling over from Europe. 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. The convention offers a wide range of educational panels throughout the weekend. However, Room 1A15 is the only room that is exclusively for educational panels. "In the past when I've run educational panels, I've seen determined artists and writers virtually camp out the entire weekend and soak up ever minute of the experience," says Scalera. "With this lineup, I wouldn't be surprised to see people living in there from Friday to Sunday. I just hope they shower every morning." COMPLETE EDUCATIONAL PANEL LISTINGS ROOM 1A15 FRIDAY 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 SATURDAY 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 SUNDAY 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 Scalera is known within the comic book industry as the creator of the popular Comic Artist's Photo Reference book series and the CD-ROM series Visual Reference for Comic Artists. He has extensive writing credits, including many for Marvel Comics and other independent publishers. He gained experience organizing large projects as the former Wizard World Online Editor and the creator of Wizard School, another popular educational resource.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this with your readers.

    Hopefully your readers will join us at these panels!

    Buddy Scalera


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