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SAM Program Schedule

SAM: Storytelling Across Media, Saturday, Nov. 5 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis

This is the schedule for SAM, Storytelling Across Media on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 780 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Admission to SAM is free, however pre-registration for each panel you’d like to attend is encouraged. All panels take place in the hotel in either the Foothill C or Foothill G rooms on the second level of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. See individual descriptions for room locations.

Click here to register online for SAM panels.

Tickets are limited to one ticket per person, however you may register for as many panels as you’d like. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis. Unlike Comic-Con International and WonderCon, we will be clearing rooms between panels. Registered ticket holders will be allowed to enter the room first.

Please be at the registration desk in front of the SAM Panel Room you are attending up to 15 minutes prior to the panel start time or you will forfeit your seat to the stand-by seating line.

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Saturday, November 5

11:00–11:45 Bay Area Comics & Illustration History—Last Gasp Publishing will take this panel on a one-of-a-kind journey through the history of Bay Area comics and storytelling. Featuring art and anecdotes that reveal the inside story of what made San Francisco one of the most influential cities in the history of comics. Foothill G

11:15–12:00 Parent and Child Class—Brian Kolm (Atomic Bear Press) helms a workshop that is specifically designed for a younger crowd excited to make comics with a parent or guardian. From coloring to character design, this session is all about collaboration and creativity. Foothill C

12:00–12:45 Diversity and Representation in Storytelling—Shawn Taylor (Nerds of Color) moderates an honest discussion about diversity and representation in comics with Robert Love (Number 13), Tyler Cohen (Primahood: Magenta), and Daniel Parada (Zotz). Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and the Black Comix Arts Festival. Foothill G

12:15–1:00 Cartooning 101—The Cartoon Art Museum offers this workshop for teens with the creative impulse to turn their own stories into comics. Whether you've already tried your hand at cartooning or are just getting started, this workshop, run by the Cartoon Art Museum's Andrew Farago, will help you continue to develop the foundational skills needed to craft engaging stories in the comic book medium. Foothill C

1:00–1:45 Spotlight on Thi Bui—Graphic novelist Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do) shares the trials and tribulations of autobiographical comics, how to incorporate oral history and research, and the painful but important process of rewriting in comics. Foothill G

1:15–2:00 Cartooning 102—Robert Love (Fierce) leads this workshop perfectly suited for anyone looking to push their storytelling craft to the next level. Explore the finer points of storytelling on the comics page with expert advice and practical tips to apply to your own visual art and writing practice. Foothill C

2:00–2:45 Spotlight on Stephan Franck—Multi-award-nominated animator/writer/director/comic book creator Stephan Franck (The Iron Giant, Despicable Me, Silver) answers your questions about his work, as well as the art and commerce of storytelling—visual and otherwise—as it applies to comics, animation, and filmmaking. Foothill G

2:15–3:00 Interactive Design with Telltale Games—Telltale Games specializes in episodic, story-driven, interactive games. From the very beginning, they developed games based on comics such as Sam & Max and Bone. More recent games based on The Walking Dead, Fables, and Batman have been huge hits. This panel will focus on that legacy and the future for Telltale Games. Foothill C

3:00–3:45 CANCELLED: Spotlight on Rick Remender—We regret to announce writer Rick Remender will not be able to attend SAM as originally scheduled.

3:15–4:00 Storytelling for Game Development—From the early days of Atari producing comics to bundle with their cartridges to the latest line of popular Batman games, comics and videogames have had a strong connection. This discussion between Michael Cinquemani (Episode),  Zeb West (Star Wars: the Old Republic), Maya Zuckerman (Em's Theory), and moderator Jason Furie (Never Ending Radical Dude News) will focus on those back and forth influences and development of new cross-media storytelling. Foothill C

4:00–4:45 Storytelling in Editorial and Nonfiction Cartooning—Adam Bessie (The Atlantic), Nick Sousanis (The Unflattening), and Jason Novak (Paris Review, Harpers, The New Yorker) discuss the ins and outs of editorial and non-fiction cartooning. In today's visually dominated media, editorial and non-fiction cartooning have never been more important. This panel of experts discusses the potential pitfalls—and unexpected rewards—of telling stories based on real life events. Foothill G, San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4:15–5:00 Motion Comics and VR Storytelling—Jason Furie (Never Ending Radical Dude) moderates a discussion with Kevin Buckley (Madefire), John Bernhelm (Oculus Story Studio), and Dustin Freemen (Kinect) exploring the new and exciting ways Motion Comics and Virtual Reality are quickly becoming a new medium for telling fully immersive and interactive stories. Join us in a conversation about the exciting possibilities of Motion Comics, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and other rapidly evolving platforms. Foothill C

5:00–5:45 Storytelling and Queer Identity—Moderator Maia Kobabe (The Thief's Tale) and a panel of talented queer storytellers discuss their craft and how they bring life to their characters on the comics page. Storytelling plays a role in shaping both the identity of the storyteller and the characters on the page. This panel explores how queer cartoonists navigate this space. Foothill G

5:15–6:00 Dynamic Comics Readings—Matt Silady (chair, CCA MFA in Comics program) is joined by Bay Area cartoonists Meggie Ramm, Cordelia McGee-Tubb, and Trinidad Escobar, to discuss what it takes to deliver an engaging and entertaining public performance. Enjoy some very special comics readings and tips on how to bring your comics to life on the stage. Foothill C

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