Impact will have their usual panel, portfolio reviews, a giveaway AND famed fantasy artist John Howe.

* Impact University Back for its 5th Straight Year with Peter David, Colleen Doran and Orson Scott Card!
* Special Guest of the Con: Impact fantasy artist John Howe!
* Portfolio Reviews by Impact’s Editorial Director!
* Plus – Impact’s First Exclusive Limited Edition Comic-Con Giveaway!

It’s our biggest Comic Con ever as Impact Books, the how-to write and draw comics, graphic novels, manga and fantasy art imprint of F+W Publications, Inc., once again sets up shop at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 23-27, with panels, author signings, an exclusive giveaway, portfolio reviews and the return of the popular panel, Impact University: How to Write and Draw Comics & Graphic Novels. The booth number for Impact Books is #1415 and here’s what’s happening!

This year, the Impact University panel takes place Saturday, July 26, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 7AB. Join some of the biggest names in comics as they teach what it takes to make it in comics and graphic novels. Our star-studded faculty panel this year is writer Peter David (She-Hulk, X-Factor), best-selling author Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game, Wyrms) artist Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, Sandman), Brian Miller, owner of Hi-Fi Colour Design and Comics Buyer’s Guide senior editor Maggie Thompson. Attendees will find out the best way to submit their work, learn the dos and don’ts of the business, and participate in a Q&A session.

Once panel attendees learn the ins and outs of the business, they’ll be able to show their work to Pam Wissman, editorial director for Impact Books. Pam will review portfolios in the Traditional Portfolio Review Area on Friday, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., in Portfolio Area A.

Impact is proud to announce that worldwide fantasy artist John Howe, concept artist for the Lord of the Rings films, will be a Special Guest of the Con. John will be the subject of his own Spotlight on John Howe Panel on Saturday, July 26, at 12:00 Noon, in Room 3. John’s acclaimed artwork, spanning his career, will be featured, including never-before-seen concept art from LOTR. Immediately following his panel, John will be signing his Impact book, John Howe Fantasy Art Workshop at the Impact booth at 2:00 p.m. John will also be signing in the Comic Con Autographing area on Thursday, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in AA5.

For the first time, Impact Books will have an exclusive limited edition Comic-Con giveaway: A 36″ x 24″ print, featuring an original John Howe dragon painting called “Wandering Fire,” taken from his new Impact book, Forging Dragons. Only 1000 numbered posters were printed especially for Comic-Con and will be available at the booth each day of the Con. (Visit the booth for complete details on how to get the poster.)

Impact is proud to support the panel Hi-Fi Colour Workshop, given by Impact authors Brian and Kristy Miller, on Thursday, July 24, at 1:00 p.m., in Room 30CDE. Artists and colorists, alike, will learn the newest digital coloring techniques from the owners of the popular studio that has done work for Marvel, DC, Disney and LucasFilm.

A full schedule of author appearances at the booth include Academy-Award winning concept artist and production designer Doug Chiang (Star Wars, Terminator, Beowulf), signing his new Impact book, Mechanika; fan-favorite comics writer Peter David; artist Colleen Doran; Brian and Kristy Miller, author of the Impact book, Hi-Fi Color for Comics; Incredible Comics author Tom Nguyen; robot and Transformers artist E.J. Su; the gang from 8Fish, authors of the book Making Faces; Ryan Mecum, author of Zombie Haiku; and 100 Days of Monsters artist Stefan Bucher. Complete scheduling will be posted at the booth.

There will be plenty of giveaways, too, such as the 2008 Impact University Free Comic Book, Impact tote bags, squeezable stress brains, and much more. Attendees can enter to win signed Doug Chiang prints, too.