Join us at The Comic Creator Conference on February 16th 2018at the Long Beach Convention Center-Room 103AB
3:00 pm - Opening Remarks
Speaker:Martha Donato, Founder of C3
Comic Book Production – The Digital Workflow
Speakers: Sean Glumace, Dean Haspiel, David Baron, and Chis Dickens
Description: Come learn how the whole production puzzle comes together, and where all the pieces fit in the digital workflow of creating comics. Join Adobe Education Leader Sean Glumace, colorist David Baron, publisher/writer Chris Dickens, and artist/writer Dean Haspiel for this panel on how the Adobe Creative Cloud and other programs are used in comic book production workflow from layouts, artwork, coloring, lettering, design, production, and more. Come learn how to put the whole production puzzle together, and where all the pieces fit. Adobe will be giving away a 1 year (12 month $599 value) subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud during the panel.
Supporting Creative Work Through Social Media
Speaker: Tori Gedvillas
Description: Learn how creating artwork on social media and creator-focused platforms can help fund creative work from independent illustrator Tori Gedvillas, who has published over 150 videos to YouTube and amassed a following of over 240,000 on Instagram and 160,000 on YouTube.
Getting Press Attention for Creative Works
Speakers: Three of the top journalists in the world of comics, Heidi MacDonald, Jennifer de Guzman, and Evan Narcisse
(Each of whom has worked as a comics writer or editor as well) discuss the challenges of how creators – especially those without the backing of a major publisher – can best get attention for their projects.
Comics, Death, and Taxes: Finance and Estate Planning for Creators
Speakers: David Gallaher, Shannon O’Leary, Michael Anderson
Description: We all work hard but how can we make the most of our money? Join a panel of experts – including HIGH MOON author David Gallaher, financial advisor Shannon O’Leary, and entertainment entrepreneur Michael Anderson – as they discuss tax planning, generational wealth, and estate planning and share resources that can help creators paint a better financial picture for their future.
Creator Connection: First Connections
Speaker: Buddy Scalera
Description: Meet your next creative partner in this fun, interactive networking session. Many new comic titles and careers have been launched through this panel, which has never been offered in Long Beach. Bring business cards and samples of your work. This is the panel that has literally helped complete strangers form creative teams and publish comic books. Hosted by Marvel Comics writer Buddy Scalera (DEADPOOL). Sponsored by Marvy/Uchida markers.
McDuffie Awards Program
Description: All C3 attendees are invited to stay after the conference for tonight’s presentation of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, celebrating diversity in the comics industry and continuing the legacy of the beloved animation writer and comic- book creator.
8:30 pm - Cocktail Reception
The 2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics will honor five finalists following in Dwayne’s footsteps and will announce the winner at a reception directly following C3.
Panels will be on topics as varied as cosplay, webcomics, self-publishing, horror, and politics and pop culture, as well as welcoming Humanoids Publishing (A 20th Anniversary Celebration), Fanbase Press (The Impact of Latinx Creators, STAR WARS: Themes of Legacy) for panels of their own. GeekFest Film Festival (Meet the GeekFest Filmmakers, Women of SciFi, Best of GeekFest) returns to Long Beach with a robust lineup of films and panels all its own.
Other programming highlights include a rare one-on-one spotlight with LBCE’s first-ever Guest of Honor, Don McGregor (BLACK PANTHER) and panels welcoming multiple Emmy Award-winning voice and casting director Andrea Romano (BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES), award-winning comics writer Mark Waid (ARCHIE, AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA), and screenwriter Aaron Covington (CREED).
In addition, attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to join Long Beach Comic Expo special guest Joe Keery (STRANGER THINGS) for a limited Q&A event onSaturday, February 17th at 10:00am.(SEPARATE TICKET REQUIRED)
Returning, The Columbia Memorial Space Center brings SPACE EXPO back to Long Beach Comic Expo with Herbert Jefferson Jr. (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) as Guest of Honor. The Space Expo will feature numerous JPL Workshops throughout the two-day event and collaborative panels such as Rocketry 101 with Virgin Orbit and How to Build an R2D2. The Geekfest Film Fest is also back, exhibiting the best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action, Superhero, Fan Films and original high concept indie genre film and web series from around the world.