The Beat is on the road again! Friday I’ll be appearing at the first ever Comic Creator Conference, or C3. The industry has been without a networking event of this kind for a while (although Milton Griepp’s White Paper event at NYCC is the closest thing to one, I believe.) Tickets can still be purchased here and are only $20 which is a reasonable price for a conference of this kind, and includes a cocktail party with snacks along with your networking.
Here’s the updated schedule:
Registration & Networking
You’ve got an amazing creation, so how do you let the world know? Marketing and publicity powerhouses David Hyde from Superfan Promotions and Jeremy Atkins from Seen All Over Media offer insider tips and discuss the vital importance of marketing and publicity.
Comic pro David Gallaher and literary agent Dara Hyde will discuss aspects of contracts that every comic pro should become familiar with. Learn what protects you, what you should always look out for and what should always be included. A must for independent contractors as well as those signing an exclusive with a larger company.
You’ve created your comic, and now you need to figure out how to transition your IP to other entertainment medias. Games, movies and toys are just the tip of the iceberg! Join experts John Nee from Cryptozoic Entertainment and Joseph Illidge from Lion Forge Comics for a discussion and Q&A on how to accomplish this next step.
Your comic is out, and suddenly you’re being approached by agents, managers or investors. How can you tell what to take seriously? Veterans David Gallaher and Steve Ellis talk about their experiences and what to look out for when opportunity knocks!
An important part of a successful career is branding. Whether it’s your art style, your writing, or a logo, branding is a vital aspect of marketing yourself and your work. Learn what goes into creating a successful brand that works for and represents you!
Working with a creative team on an independent title or through a major publisher can come with questions of ownership and percentages. Mark Waid, Dean Haspiel and Amy Reeder discuss how to navigate these waters and negotiate the best deal for all parties involved. Moderated by Russell Nohelty, host of the Business of Art podcast.
Attending a convention can be a lot of work, with navigating your looming deadlines and preparing. Heidi MacDonald, David Gallaher and Russell Nohelty will talk about the importance of attending conventions, how to spot the con that can work the best for you, how to network effectively during and after show hours, and getting the most out of your con experience.
Your work is out there, and your publisher wants to have it translated and sold in other countries. Matt Hawkins (President/COO of Top Cow) and Beth Scorzato (Managing Editor at Lion Forge) discuss foreign rights; why you should do this, what to look out for and how much–or little–you could you make off this potential additional revenue stream.
Eric Carrasco is currently a writer on the CW’s Supergirl and former writer for both the TV series and comic series Sleepy Hollow. Eric will discuss the differences between writing for TV and comics and how to break in to both. Emily Morris, currently a Creative Executive for 21 Laps, is an associate producer on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Emily will discuss what she looks for when reviewing projects and how things move forward once a project is selected. This session will be moderated by Marcus Perry, a Key Art, Golden Trailer, ProMax, and Clio Award-winning director, writer, and producer, who is currently the VP of Worldwide Creative Content at Paramount Pictures, and has also written a series for Image and Action Lab Comics.
Join everyone back in the Ballroom for a Q&A to sum up the sessions. Jeremy Atkins will give closing remarks and direct attendees and speakers to the reception.
All attendees and speakers are welcome to partake in cocktails and appetizers, so you can follow up with people you’ve met or connect with others. Thank you for attending the first Comic Creator Conference!
I’ll also be attending thre Long Beach Comic Expo itself. I have two panels on Sunday:
#MakeComics: Write For Your Life!
Moderator: Heidi MacDonald
Panelist(s): Mark Waid, Dean Haspiel, D.J. Kirkbride and David Gallaher
Description of Panel: If you’ve ever wanted to write comics for a living, this panel is a can’t miss opportunity. Writing powerhouses Mark Waid, Dean Haspiel, D.J. Kirkbride and David Gallaher have been doing it for years and are here to tell you how they accomplished it! Questions can be asked! Answers will be given! Moderated by The Comic Beat’s Heidi MacDonald.
Panel date: Sunday, February 19th
Panel time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Room name/number: Rumble Room, S7
Women Who Draw
Moderator: Heidi MacDonald
Panelist(s): Marla Frazee, Maggie Mull, Jules Rivera, and A.C. Esguerra
From Boss Babies to dating dramas, these smart and funny ladies tackle a wide range of topics in their works. What makes them tick? Has being a woman created any unexpected roadblocks in their career paths? Can they truly have it all? Join panelists Marla Frazee (Boss Baby), Maggie Mull (Elle Magazine), Jules Rivera, and A.C. Esguerra for a fun, engaging panel on the most hotbutton
topic of the year: Women’s (cartoon) production rights!
Panel date: Sunday, February 19th
Panel time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Guests include Mark Waid, Agnes Garbowska, Mike Golden, Jim Cheung, Jason Momoa, Dean Haspiel and more.
I haven’t been to Long Beach in a decade or so, since they held a few WIzard World Long Beach events there. It’s a great facility, fantastic location and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone. Stop on by!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.