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Comic Creator Connection

Comic-Con International's Comic Creator Connection
Comic Creator Connection Returns to Comic-Con!

Are you a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can’t draw? Or maybe you’re an artist looking to illustrate an incredible story, but you can’t write. Perhaps you’re both looking for someone to collaborate with so you can jumpstart your careers in the comic book industry. At San Diego Comic-Con 2016’s Comic Creator Connection, you just might find each other!

San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet new creative partners. Here’s how it works: in two 2-hour sessions—on Friday, July 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Sunday, July 24, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM—writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table. (And by artists, we mean pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc. All are welcome!) Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you’re interested in furthering the conversation, you’ll exchange contact information. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists!

You can sign up for the Comic Creator Connection online in advance by sending an email to programs@comic-con.org. Please indicate whether you’re a writer seeking an artist or an artist seeking a writer, and please specify which day you would like to participate (Friday or Sunday). Artists are more than welcome to sign up for both days, but due to the number of writers who sign up, we ask that writers choose one day only.

There will be onsite registration, but space may be limited depending on how many pre-registered writers and artists attend.

(Please note: All participants in Comic-Con’s Comic Creator Connection must have purchased a single-day badge for the day in which they would like to participate or a 4-day badge for the convention.)


 

Comic-Con International's Comic Creator Connection, Sponsored by ComiXology
ABOUT OUR SPONSOR

A long-standing supporter of independent creators and cartoonists, comiXology— Amazon’s premier digital comic shopping & reading platform—is sponsoring the Comic Creator Connection at San Diego Comic-Con for the fourth year in a row! As part of the sponsorship, comiXology is happy to promote work from a Comic Creator Connection collaboration that is accepted through comiXology’s independent publisher portal, comiXology Submit. ComiXology Submit enables comic creators and cartoonists (from promising new talent to established veterans) the ability to reach comiXology’s global audience.


 

Comic Creator Connection at Comic-Con
2016 Comic Creator Connection Helpful Information
THE DETAILS
  • Where: Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina (Next door to the San Diego Convention Center Hall A)
  • Time: Friday, July 22 from 7:00–9:00 PM, and Sunday, July 24 from 12:00–2:00 PM

Please note that space is limited, and if you do not pre-register we may not be able to seat you.


WHAT TO BRING

Participants at previous events have benefitted the most from the Comic Creator Connection when they’ve come prepared. Here’s what you should bring:

Writers:

  • 20 copies of a 1-page writing sample (see below)
  • Business cards (if you have them)
  • A pen or pencil to write with
  • A 2-minute (rehearsed) version of your pitch
  • Water bottle (you’ll be doing lots of talking)

Artists:

  • 20 copies of a 1-page art sample (see below)
  • Your portfolio (you’ll have some room to spread out on the table)
  • Business cards (if you have them)
  • A pen or pencil to write with
  • A 2-minute (rehearsed) version of your pitch
  • Water bottle (you’ll be doing lots of talking)

THE 1-PAGE WRITING OR ART SAMPLE

Many participants have expressed difficulty in remembering all the different people they met with during the Creator Connection. The best solution is to give each person you meet something unique to remember you by.

We suggest you bring along a single-page sample of your work, complete with your name, contact information, and anything else you’d like a potential working partner to know. Remember, everyone will go home with 15-20 of these, so brevity is definitely a plus. (And remember to bring about 20 copies, so you have a few extra.)

If you’re a writer, use this document to represent your writing style or the specific project on which you would most like to collaborate. Don’t write complete stories; just give them a taste. You may also want to use the space to tell prospective artists about your creative inspirations, favorite artists, preferred styles, etc.

If you’re an artist, use this art sample to give prospective writers a good idea of how you tell stories with pictures. Draw in some panels, if you like. Don’t just show your favorite artwork; show them how you use that artwork to tell a story. You also might want to tell them about your artistic inspirations, favorite writers, preferred styles, etc.

This is a rare chance for you to meet a lot of people at one time—and possibly your next creative partner! So bring your A-game. Be intentional, open, enthusiastic, and outgoing. Be generous with your own time and learn all you can from every person you meet.

Also, remember that we’ll have writers and artists at all stages of their craft, so please be courteous and professional and help everyone have the same great experience you want to have.


BE ON TIME

This isn’t an ordinary Comic-Con program. Since we are registering creators in advance, they will get priority seating. Any seats that are still open once the event starts will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.


FREE PITCH REVIEWS

This year, we’ll once again be offering free pitch reviews to help you get ready for the Comic Creator Connection. A pitch is simply the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you’re doing or what you’ve made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but they often struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill you must have to bring your project to life. Fortunately, it’s also a skill you can learn and improve with practice—and Pitch Review is a great place to do that.

Note: This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3-5 minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as we can accommodate in the scheduled time. Everyone is welcome. Please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you'll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Where: Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina (Next door to the San Diego Convention Center Hall A)
  • When: Friday, July 22: 5:00–6:00 PM and Sunday, July 24: 10:00–11:00 AM

MEET THE ALL-STARS

If you’d like to see some of the latest work to come out of the Comic Creator Connection, come check out the Comic Creator Connection All-Stars panel. You’ll meet our latest creative teams, see their new work, and learn some valuable tips for starting your own collaboration. The panel is scheduled for Friday, July 22 at 10:00 AM in Room 23ABC.