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SDCC ’22: TAPAS Panels, Signings, and Portfolio Review Schedule

Tapas turns 10 with an SDCC physical booth debut!

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Tapas, the digital comics and webtoon platform, will be debuting their first ever San Diego Comic Con presence at SDCC ’22 – with their own booth (#2205), via a partnership with Chinese-to-English translation platform Wuxiaworld. 

Expect giveaways and portfolio reviews (with VP of Content, Michael Son) as well as Tapas-affiliated panels and creator signings.

Additionally, Tapas Media is a sponsor of this year’s SDCC ’22 Eisner Awards Afterparty (and has a series, Navillera: Like a Butterfly, nominated in the Best Webcomic Category).

Not a bad way to celebrate 10 years of existence.

The PR:

Tapas Media, the premiere digital publisher of webcomics and webnovels, is set for its Comic Convention debut at the Super Bowl of nerd culture, Comic-Con International San Diego (SDCC) this week, July 21 through July 24, 2022! Tapas have gone all in for this inaugural appearance with a booth (#2205), creators and staff on panels, creator signing sessions, portfolio reviews, and an Eisner sponsorship! Details below and for more information on Tapas, please visit tapas.io.

“Tapas have teamed up with sister company, Wuxiaworld, for their first booth at SDCC, #2205, prime real estate located in the ‘IP Pavillion’ right inside the doors of lobby C!

“…There will also be giveaways throughout each day – watch Tapas socials for times (Instagram, Twitter)!”


TAPAS-AFFILIATED SDCC’22 PANELS

THURSDAY JULY 21

Webcomics: The Frontier of LGBTQ Comics (Prism)
4PM [Room 28DE]
(PANEL featuring The Kao, creator of Magical Boy)

Webcomics have created a whole new platform for LGBTQ comics creators to tell their stories without the costs of printing, publishing, and store distribution. They can be a stepping stone to print comics, television, and film, but the medium has grown extensively in its own right. Webcomics enable writers and artists to create works and characters that speak to specific, diverse LGBTQ communities like never before. Prism Comics moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, We’re Still Here) and webcomics creators The Kao (Mondo Mango, Magical Boy), Viktor Kerney (StrangeLore, MEGASHEEN podcast), Sonya Saturday (The Greatest Thing You’ve Ever Seen in Your Life, A Ninja Dinosaur Christmas), Josh Trujillo (United States of Captain America, Hulkling and Wiccan), and Sophie Yanow (The Contradictions) discuss creating comics for the web, promoting webcomics, and bringing webcomics to print and other media.”

What Makes YA? We Do!
7.30pm [Room 4]
(Panel featuring Tapas Chief Content Officer Michele Wells)

From daring adventure to first love and feelings, what is it that makes YA so special? Nikita Kannekanti (Legendary Comics senior editor), Michele Wells (Tapas Media CCO), Russ Busse (IDW senior editor, middle-grade and YA originals), Alex Antone (senior editor, Skybound Comet/Image Comics), and Dafna Pleban (senior editor, BOOM! Box) discuss what they look for in YA storytelling and why they all love it so.”


SATURDAY JULY 23

DC’s Comics Are Fun  
12:30pm [Room 6DE]
(PANEL featuring creators Kami Garcia)

Young Adult to New Adult: Growing Up Graphic (Legendary)
3:00pm [Room 29AB]
(PANEL featuring creators Kami Garcia and Sina Grace)

Invited Participants: Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Author of Three Little Wishes), James Wright (Author: Lupina), Nikita Kannekanti (Head Editor, Legendary Comics), Mickey George (Author The Heart Hunter, Enola Holmes GN), Kami Garcia (Author Beautiful Creatures, Beast Boy loves Raven), Sina Grace (Artist and author, DC, Archie, Marvel and others)

“As our lives change, so do the stories we read. From young adult adventures to adult rom-com romps – this author panel takes a look at how Graphic Novels navigate the in-betweens. Tackling transitional ages, transitional media and other transitional topics that graphic novels are uniquely poised to explore, come dig-in with us!”

 

Out in Comics Year 35: DO Say Gay!
6:00pm [Room 29AB]
(PANEL featuring The Kao, creator of Magical Boy)

The comic world’s longest-running panel is back for its 35th record breaking year. The Comic Book world has long become a celebrated part of the Pop Culture world. LGBTQ comics and graphic novels for all ages are being produces and acclaimed in incredible numbers, and queer characters are finally starting to show up in genre movies and TV shows.  And yet, in our politicized and polarized world, LGBTQ comics and graphic novels and LGBTQ characters in popular media are still facing censure and opposition. This means that telling stories of queer characters of diverse backgrounds and identities is more important than ever before. Join Prism Comics, moderator Andy Mangels [he/him/his] (the Founder of the “Out In Comics” panel; bestselling author of Wonder Woman ‘77 Meets The Bionic WomanStar Trek and Star Wars books and comics) and special guest panelists as they discuss what being “Out In Comics” means now and in the future.

“Panelists include:

“David Reddish [he/him/his] (media journalist for ScreenRant, Queerty and Playboy, award-winning author of the novel Sex Drugs & Superheroes and its sequel Conquest of the Planet of the Geeks)

“Lilah Sturges [she/her/hers] (writer of the books Lumberjanes: The Internal Compass and The Magicians: Alice’s Story, and the trans-friendly Girl Haven, writer and co-writer of DC’s Jack of Fables, Shadowpact, House of Mystery, Blue Beetle, and more)

“The Kao [he/him/his] (an artist known for the semi-autobiographical Mondo Mango on Tapas, and Magical Boy, the Prism Award-winning manga webcomic and Scholastic graphic novel series about a trans youth)

“Malissa White [she/her/hers] (writer of webcomics Nightmare, Soundbox, and A Wailing Blade, pop culture reviewer, editor at Scout Comics)

“Jerrett Melendez [he/him/his] (writer and co-creator of Chef’s Kiss, a queer kitchen romance from Oni Press, and a comic-style cookbook called The Comic Kitchen)”

Big Big Things with Sina Grace
7:30pm [Room 29CD]
Sina Grace focused panel

 

TAPAS-AFFILIATED SDCC ’22 SIGNINGS

THURSDAY JULY 21

12:00pm – Kami Garcia signing in Artist Alley  [Booth GG-01]

4:00pm – Kami Garcia signing in Artist Alley [Booth GG-01]

5:00pm – The Kao, creator of Magical Boy signing at Prism Comics [Booth #2144]

 

SATURDAY JULY 23

3:00pm – The Kao, creator of Magical Boy signing at Prism Comics [Booth #2144]

4:30pm – Kami Garcia signing in Artist Alley [Booth GG-01]

 

SUNDAY JULY 24

11:00am – Kami Garcia signing in Artist Alley [Booth GG-01]

 

TAPAS SDCC ’22 PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
w/ Michael Son, VP of Content, Tapas

Thursday July 21 
12:00pm – Portfolio Reviews in Sails Pavilion, PR 03

Saturday July 23
3:00pm – Portfolio Reviews in Sails Pavilion, PR 02 

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