Support the CBLDF

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study under comics masters at New York Comic-Con!

The Fund & NYCC have teamed up to create a series of workshops focused on helping young and aspiring creators make the next step in their comics careers!  Participating creators include Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Terry Moore, Brian Wood, Peter Steigerwald, & Vince Hernandez!

Space in these extraordinary workshops is extremely limited.  Proceeds from the workshops benefit the CBLDF!  To reserve your space, visit:

Workshops include:
Whilce Portacio: Superhero Figure – The Artist Process
Friday, 1:30 to 2:30
X-Men, Wetworks, Stone, Batman, Superman, and current Spawn artist Whilce Portacio will divulge to aspiring artists his many years of artistic knowledge on how to draw the superhero figure. He will give up various secrets and shortcuts to drawing a superhero figure that any pro learns throughout years of drawing superhero comics. Find out what takes professionals years and years of working to learn, and learn many of those secrets in one session. He will go through all the points in drawing a figure that any striving artist must hit in order to get into the field. Learn how to improve your figure drawing and more importantly what things you must constantly look out for in order to draw a strong dynamic superhero. This is a session for all aspiring artist who are still struggling with the many intricacies of the human anatomy. This event is strictly limited to 30 participants. $100.

Building Your Portfolio For Success
Friday, 3:30 to 5:30

Aspen Comics Editor-In-Chief Vince Hernandez will be giving a step-by-step example of what makes a successful submission portfolio for aspiring comic book artists. With over a decade of experience in the comic book industry, working both at Top Cow Productions and currently at Aspen Comics, Hernandez will discuss the many successes and pitfalls he’s encountered throughout his time in comics. As well, Hernandez will offer a rare one-on-one opportunity for creators and artists to learn how to properly create a top-notch, professional portfolio. Strictly limited to 30 participants.  $100.

Jim Lee Portfolio Clinic
Friday, 5:30 to 7:30

Sign up now for this once in a lifetime opportunity to go one-on-one with comics legend Jim Lee! The renowned artist of Batman, and founder of WildStorm more goes one-on-one with seminar participants at this benefit event for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Lee will review your portfolio samples and give valuable pointers for improving your work and presenting it to prospective buyers. This event is strictly limited to 20 participants. $200.

Terry Moore: Good Acting – Expressive Body Language & Expression For Comic Book Artists
Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00

Join the acclaimed creator of Strangers in Paradise & Echo for a seminar in improving your characters acting in this limited attendance seminar to benefit the CBLDF!  Persuasive characterization is the key to making readers believe in your characters.  Terry Moore divulges his secrets to help you build credible characters, with unique body language and expression.  Strictly limited to 30 participants.  $100.

The Process of Color
Saturday, 4:00 to 6:00
Colorists are the unsung heroes of the comic book page.  What are the dynamics of this high demand comics industry job, and how can you be a part of it?  Join Aspen Comics superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald as he examines the color process between the lines and beyond. Steigerwald is a veteran of the comic book industry first breaking in at Top Cow Productions in the 90s. Along the path of his successful coloring career, Steigerwald has colored the popular Aspen titles Soulfire and Fathom as well as coloring covers for such events as Marvel’s Civil War and DC Comics’ Identity Crisis and much more. Steigerwald will discuss all the steps necessary for aspiring colorists to follow in order to turn their goals into reality.  Strictly limited to 30 participants.  $75.

Brian Wood: The Art of The Proposal
Sunday, 12:00 to 2:00

Writer Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders, Local) offers a hands-on discussion and workshop on the finer points of preparing a comic book proposal, from thinking conceptually to structure and form to useful information on sending your pitch out into the world.  Participants are encouraged to bring pre-existing proposals to the class, or be prepared to create one in the workshop.  Writing materials or a laptop required. Brian Wood has twelve years experience creating comics, as well as several years in the video-game industry.  Working almost exclusively on creator-owned projects, his insights into building a comic book project from scratch would be useful to any writer or artist looking to hone their craft. Strictly limited to 30 participants. $100.