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Friday, June 26
 

5:00pm

Webcomics Are Real Comics!
Webcomics have come a long way from their humble beginnings! We'll explore the incredibly diverse and vibrant world of online comics publishing, how paradigms, attitudes, and business models have changed over time, and how to start publishing your own online comics!

Speakers

Friday June 26, 2015 5:00pm - 5:45pm
B: Small Panel Room Panel Room 140
 
Saturday, June 27
 

11:00am

Learn How to Animate with StevRayBro and Jaltoid
This panel discusses how to animate and publish your works online. Joine SteveRayBro and Jaltoid as they discuss their own careers as YouTube animators and what it took to break into the field.

Speakers

Saturday June 27, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
B: Small Panel Room Panel Room 140

11:00am

Art Portfolio Review (Open Gaming Hall)
Have you dreamt of a career in comics?  Visit former Marvel talent manager Chris Allo for a portfolio review and advice on how to best structure your portfolio to get noticed by the titans in the industry!

Speakers
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Chris Allo

Chris Allo's career at Marvel Entertainment spanned nearly ten years from Internship (2000) to Talent Management(2009). He assisted in managing hundred of freelancers in various capacities. He hosted and reviewed portfolios for visiting students from SCAD, RISD and did portfolio reviews... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Special Attractions

2:00pm

Women in Fandom
Women in comics...  Women in gaming...  Women in internet culture...  Women in media...  It seems you can fill in the blank, and women find themselves with a tougher road in today's culture.  But it's getting better.... or is it?

We invite successful professionals (who happen to be women) from the industries of video gaming, YouTube, comic books, and general geek fandom to speak about their own personal experiences within the industry and how they navigate the waters of their career paths.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Heather M Decker

Heather M Decker

Heather M Decker is Lead Technical Artist at Zynga Chicago and heads up IGDA Chicago, an organisation she has volunteered for since she was living in Iowa in 2011. She’s a two-time IGDA Scholar, and now sits on the committee that organizes this life-changing program. She holds... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
B: Large Panel Room Panel Room 143 - 145

2:00pm

Creature Workshop with Rashaad and Cig
Limited Capacity seats available


Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 3:50pm
B: Small Panel Room Panel Room 140
 
Sunday, June 28
 

10:00am

Help! My kid is a Geek!
Are you a parent with geeky kids and you don't quite understand their obsessions?  This class is for you!  

Come listen to professional geeks, nerds, and educators as they talk to you about the latest and greatest geek obsessions and how they can become successful careers.  If you’ve even been concerned that your child is spending too much time on Minecraft or YouTube, or that they tend to draw instead of play outside with other kids, this is the panel for you.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Talkington

Michelle Talkington

Owner, Global Geek
Michelle is a very passionate geek who belongs to many different fandoms. She is currently living in Chicago and has worked with various nationwide conventions as press, Programming Track Coordinator for Doctor Who, Press Coordinator, Fan Panel Moderator, and as a Celebrity Moderator... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Heather M Decker

Heather M Decker

Heather M Decker is Lead Technical Artist at Zynga Chicago and heads up IGDA Chicago, an organisation she has volunteered for since she was living in Iowa in 2011. She’s a two-time IGDA Scholar, and now sits on the committee that organizes this life-changing program. She holds... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
B: Medium Panel Room Panel Room 141 - 142

10:00am

How to Build a Successful Art Portfolio
Are you someone who wants to draw comic books? Do you want to draw Spider-Man swinging from NYC rooftops? Do you crave penciling the next great battle of the X-men? Or do you have the need to redesign the next Batman armor? Are you unable to leave your house without your pencil and sketchbook?

It sounds like you need to be drawing comic books! (comics?) Chris Allo former Talent Liason/Associate Editor for Marvel Entertainment is here to give you information on how to begin your professional career. Learn all the criteria editors and publishers look for in new and aspiring artists. Learn how to put together a professional portfolio. Learn the correct ways to show and promote your artwork and your personal brand.

For portfolio review:
(Not required)
For Pencilers
1. 3-5 pages of consecutive storytelling
2. I splash page or double page spread
3. 1 page very little action (storytelling relies on artist's ability to portray body language, facial expression, interesting daring shots and interesting panels (layouts and shapes)
4. Pick a character or two and redesign.

Speakers
CA

Chris Allo

Chris Allo's career at Marvel Entertainment spanned nearly ten years from Internship (2000) to Talent Management(2009). He assisted in managing hundred of freelancers in various capacities. He hosted and reviewed portfolios for visiting students from SCAD, RISD and did portfolio reviews... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
B: Small Panel Room Panel Room 140

11:00am

Art Portfolio Review (Open Gaming Hall)
Have you dreamt of a career in comics?  Visit former Marvel talent manager Chris Allo for a portfolio review and advice on how to best structure your portfolio to get noticed by the titans in the industry!

Sunday June 28, 2015 11:00am - 12:45pm
Special Attractions

12:00pm

Young Writer/Artist Workshop
I am a High School graduate, 18 years old, and I am the creator of the Benefactors webcomic. I have learned a LOT over the years about storytelling techniques, comic writing, character design and development, and tons of other cool tips and advice I could share with kids and teens who want to do the same thing. Most of the panel I would leave open to questions to what the audience wants to know or learn. As of now I am the only one who would host this panel - but if you feel it would be better if I get some backup. I can! If there are any suggestions to what I can tweak or change about the panel if it sounds like a good idea, let me know!

Speakers

Sunday June 28, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
B: Small Panel Room Panel Room 140