Another convention and panel done, and a great one it was. This was the first year that I have attended the Long Beach Comic Expo (I’ve been to the one in the fall) and it turned out to be a great little convention. The show floor was in the smaller ballroom on the south side of the convention center with most of the artist ally in the lobby area. I was able to catch up with an old friend of mine, Keu Cha (we worked on a book a long time ago, Joshua Pure Evil) and saw some of the familiar faces that I run into at other conventions where we do our panel.
Speaking of the panel, it went great as well and the 40 or so people who showed up to listen to me ramble on were great . There was only 3 of us from the regular panel, myself, Topher Davila and Mario Martinez we do that were able to come to the show. We added Chris Dickens who is one of the creators of the Vigilante Project (which I letter) who was great up on stage and TJ who has been at our panels before. We covered the basics of networking, like having a business card or something with you at a convention (only 1/3 of the people in the audience had them), where to find talent online that you can use, other jobs in the comics industry like lettering (Yah!), prepress and design and a bunch of other great stuff. We also had some good questions as well from the audience. All in all, a great small convention and a great small panel!
We look forward to doing it again next year and look forward to seeing everyone at San Diego Comic Con this year!
Here are some photos from the panel, sorry don’t have that many more. My phone died right after!
“Long Beach Comic Expo is a one day event brought to you by the people behind the Long Beach Comic & Horror Convention. It’s small. Very Small. However, it’s packed with lots of comics. If you’re looking to check out new work, particularly work created by locals, this is the place to go.”
Full Time Creative Work on a Part Time Schedule Panel
Saturday, May 11
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Learn the secrets to using part-time collaboration to achieve full-time results! No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, design, animation, costuming /cosplay), “breaking in” has never been more apt a term than in today’s media and is a full-time job, especially if you have only part-time hours to accomplish it. What will be discussed is how to approach organizing ANY group with a goal from hobbist to professional purposes, thus it applies to any interest of geek or creative culture. Hear Topher Davila (Art Director, GeekdomWear.com and Co-Creator/Co-Producer,”We’re Always Like This” ), Sean Glumace (Digital Arts Instructor at Golden West College and WordPress expert), Kevin Flessing (Co-Writer “We’re Always Like This”), Mario Martinez (Co-Creator, TomatoTV.net) talk about how they successfully juggle time between the creative and business sides while being involved in goal oriented groups and discuss the process, pitfalls, and potential of part-time collaboration from their experiences in illustration, writing, design, animation and live action filming from a variety of levels of experience in administration and sizes of organizations. Content will be a mix of speaking, questions and some short interactive applications where the audience can directly apply the topics covered. Whether you’re a hobbyist or looking to go pro, if you struggle with deadlines, need help finding collaborators, want to know how to effectively work with a team without mortally wounding each other or simply want to know how to get your foot in the door, this panel is not to be missed!