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Comic Creator Connection

Comic Creator Connection Returns to WonderCon Anaheim 2018!

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Comic Creator Connection

Photo by Chuk Gawlik © 2018 SDCC

 

WonderCon 2016 Comic Creator Connection

WonderCon Anaheim 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.

This event is a unique opportunity for comic book writers and artists to meet in a fast-paced, fun setting. If you are a writer looking for an artist, or an artist looking for a writer, you’ll get the opportunity to meet both at the Comic Creator Connection. You just might find someone to collaborate with that will help you jumpstart your career in the comic book industry!

Here's how it works: In two 2-hour sessions—on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM—writers and artists (including, but not limited to pencillers, inkers, and colorists—all are welcome!) will sit down across from each other at a table. Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one 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 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 (Friday or Saturday) you would like to participate. 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 WonderCon’s Comic Creator Connection must have purchased a single-day badge to the day in which they would like to participate or a 3-day badge to WonderCon.)

For those attending the event, please read the following information.


The Details
Where: Room 204C, Anaheim Convention Center
When: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 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 a bunch of these, so brevity is definitely a plus. (And remember to bring multiple copies.)

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 in one night—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 WonderCon 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-serve 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: Room 204C
  • When: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 from 5:00–6:00 PM

 

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