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Thursday, July 21
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Plot Structure The Philosophy Behind Story Creation
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:34AM
Before you start writing your story, you need a clear idea of where your story is going. Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake gives you insight into the theory of story creation, generating a strong foundation for you to build upon and ensuring that readers will be captivated from the very first page. From why readers read stories, to understanding how stories must be created so readers will read yours, this class will help you understand the psychology of what it means to create stories for others, leaving your readers hungry for more. This is part one of this class.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 2

11:15am

Comic-Con How-To: Graphic Novels from Idea to Finish with Brian Haberlin
Learn how to take your idea and make a graphic novel, using Brian Haberlin's graphic novels Shifter, Anomaly, and Faster Than Light as test cases. Subjects will include idea to script, page format, panel layout, art style considerations, distribution, printing and more.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 2

12:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Helping Teens Use Their Powers to do Good
The panel will discuss work with at-risk, special needs and incarcerated teenagers that involves the use of sequential and other visual art. The session will include anecdotes, slides of artwork done by Michael Ulrich and his students and present a comic co-created by Michael Ulrich and a student. The panel will center on art as a means of reaching hard-to-reach kids.

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

1:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Starting a Comic Creator Community
Communities are spaces where ideas flow, networks expand, and friends are made. Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle all have thriving comic creator communities. But what if your city doesn't have one? How do you find like-minded people? The Los Angeles Women's Comic Creators League (The Ladybugs) and the Portland Comic Creator Meetup are teaming up to provide a presentation on starting a creative community and fostering growth and collaboration with creatives in your area.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

2:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Traditional Sculpting with the Shiflett Brothers
The Shiflett Brothers demonstrate their process of traditional sculpting for the collectibles industry, discussing tips, tricks, and industry secrets.

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

4:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Painting in Acrylic
A demonstration of painting techniques in acrylic paint, with an emphasis on storytelling.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

5:30pm

Cartoon Art Museum Family Drawing
Draw with the Cartoon Art Museum! Join this family-friendly workshop for parents and their children to learn how to draw cartoons together in this sampler of the Cartoon Art Museum's seasonal Parent + Child classes. Meet the museum's program coordinator Nina Taylor Kester and comics pro/teacher Matt Harding. Plus, take home art supplies courtesy of Sakura of America and Strathmore paper!

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 2
 
Friday, July 22
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Plot Structure 2 The Tools of Plotting
People have been telling stories for thousands of years, and during that time all the tools you need to create compelling, well-thought-out stories have been created. In this class, award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake introduces you to many of these tools in a way that will stoke your creativity, keeping you motivated, and organized as you move through the creation of your own story. This is part two of this class.

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 2

11:15am

Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Digital Inking Techniques
Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black-and-white artwork to the next level. Comics artist Brian Haberlin will delve into Photoshop's treasure trove of features old and new, as well as other programs like Manga Studio, that not only enhance comic applications but also make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before.

Friday July 22, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 2

12:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Guerilla Tactics for Sharing Your Art with the World
Subtle guerilla art tactics provide a way of sharing your vision with the world. It can be done for a variety of reasons: to make a political or personal statement, to share your ideas, or just for fun. Artist Lori Gordon will address what it means to make art when you don't necessarily consider yourself an artist, and to make art without an interest in the final outcome.

Friday July 22, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

1:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Draw Pretty Girls with Artgerm
This is a live demonstration of how Artgerm creates strong and beautiful female characters in the entertainment world with universal appeal, making them cool and sexy without objectifying them.

Friday July 22, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: How to Draw with Adam Hughs
Comics legend Adam Hughes demonstrates drawing using grayscale markers. Adam will share pointers and tips while also answering questions.

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

4:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: How to Draw with Jim Lee
Jim Lee will demonstrate the drawing techniques he uses when creating artwork for comic books. He will answer questions from the audience and share advice.

Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 2
 
Saturday, July 23
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: 3 The Writing a Story Using a 3-Act Structure
All great stories need both a hero and a villain. Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake gives you the tools you need to create both sides of this opposing force. You will learn to create each in a dynamic way that will capture the hearts of your readers, making them cheer for their triumphs and commiserate withtheir losses.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 2

11:15am

Comic-Con How-To: How to Take Your Ideas to 3D Sculpts and Prints
Industry vet and 3D printing pioneer Brian Haberlin will take you through the minefield of getting your creations to beautiful real-world sculpts through the magic of 3D printing. He will demonstrate several workflows, featuring Photoshop, Zbrush, and Meshmixer, and go over the various options for output from desktop to service.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 2

12:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Comics and Other Geeks Items for the Vision Impaired
Blind and visually impaired people love comics, gaming, TV, and movies, as well as all sorts of science fiction/fantasy/horror artforms just as much as their sighted counterparts. How do they enjoy such things with little or no eyesight? Totally blind martial artist and unashamed geek Joshua Loya and world-famous actor, audio book narrator, and writer Scott Brick share what options exist for nonvisual entertainment.

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

1:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Draw Your Imagination with Kim Jung Gi
Take this amazing chance to learn how to draw your imagination that words cannot describe on white paper with a black pen. You will realize that you do not need any fancy equipment to draw your hearts out after seeing Kim Jung Gi's outrageous live drawing! You will get a chance to see an empty canvas transform into a completed scene with human anatomy and perspective in just 90 minutes.

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: How to Draw with Copic Markers with Allison Sohn
Trading card and comic book artist Allison Sohn takes you from a penciled portrait all the way to a final colored piece of original artwork. Allison will share tips and tricks and answer all of your questions while she works.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

4:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Voice Acting
Learn how to tell stories for the microphone with master storyteller and voiceover artist Scott Brick, award-winning narrator of over 800 audiobooks (including Bladerunner, Jurassic Park, the Jason Bourne trilogy, and the Dune saga) and acting-for-the-microphone instructor at UCLA. He puts volunteers from the audience through the paces to see if they have what it takes to join the competitive world of voiceover.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 2

6:00pm

Comic-Con How To: Documentary Filmmaking
Documentaries are more prolific than ever and in this panel you will learn how to produce and direct your own with a minimal budget and existing, commercially available equipment. Topics covered will include documentary narrative structure, how to conduct interviews, "writing," documentaries, and anecdotes from our panel of professional documentary filmmakers. Panelists include Edward Doty (host of Documentality podcast), Jessica Hernandez (editor, The Punk Singer, Bhutto), Mike J. Nichols (editor, Last Play at Shea, Who the **** is Frank Zappa) and Amanda Spain (director, Wrestling the Curse).

Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 2
 
Sunday, July 24
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: How to Make a Comic
With audience participation ideas, Shelley and Patrick Block write and draw a 6-page Disney Donald Duck story before your eyes. This all-ages educational workshop examines the pure creative process of story creation, as well as touching on the format, gags, character quirks and writing structure needed to pull off a concise, funny, and interesting tale for comics.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

11:30am

Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself
Bryan Tillman covers such topics as presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. This is the program for you if you are looking to make a name for yourself or trying to get your ideas in front of your company of choice.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Comic-Con How to: Learn How to Draw the Portrait
Ron Lemen (illustrator, concept artist, educator) demonstrates and lectures methods and techniques for designing and rendering strong likenesses and convincing features. He will also discuss grouping, simplification, notans and more.

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Saving the Bank: Budgeting a Comic Book Project
Andy Schmidt (Marvel and IDW editor and Comics Experience founder) won't just tell you how to budget a comic, he'll show you on screen! He'll walk you through the very real costs of creating a comic book, publishing it, and distributing it through certain channels. It's eye opening and fear inducing, but then he'll give you some serious tips on how to save money and get back to black!

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Kids Draw Superheroes
A panel of professional cartoonists and graphic novelists draw superheroes based on suggestions from the audience. They will walk the kids through how they approach character design and basic drawing technique. They will also talk about superhero powers and abilities and a little about the history of comics as well. Then they'll help kids draw their own characters with the provided worksheets.

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 2