Comic Book Women Announces Programming for Emerald City Comicon 2016

eccc-stacked-hiComic Book Women has announced “Comic Book Women Present,” a series of five panels taking place at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle from April 7 to 10. Each panel will explore a different aspect of working in comics professionally, from creative to editorial to marketing, as well as offering advice about how to manage self-care in a stressful industry.

The panelists are experts from the ranks of Comic Book Women, an organization of nearly 300 individuals that advocates for greater opportunity, visibility, and recognition for women, as well as trans, genderqueer, and non-binary individuals in the comic book industry.

As part of its proactive efforts to achieve gender equity in programming at comic book conventions, Comic Book Women teamed up with ReedPop and Emerald City Comicon to create panels in which women in comics can share expertise and advice with aspiring and established comic book creators alike.

Writer Mairghread Scott said in the release:

We didn’t feel we needed to do more ‘women in comics’ panels. Instead, this programming centers on specific topics in comics, presented by women with a wealth of experience in the industry.

The “Comic Book Women Present” panels are:

You Made a Comic — Now Sell It!

Christine Dinh (Boom! Studios), Jen Vaughn (Vertigo), Amanda Meadows (The Devastator), Shy Allot (Oni Press), Rachel Reed (Oni Press), and Alex de Campi (writer) share their pearls of wisdom on marketing creator-owned properties. From crowd-funding to conventions, they’ll address the dos and don’ts of getting your work into the hands of your fans. Moderated by Jocelyn Gajeway (My Blacks Don’t Match!).

4/7/2016, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Location: T305
Working in Licensed Comics — How to Play With Other People’s Toys

Are you an artist or writer who loves TransformersMy Little Pony: Friendship is MagicAdventure Time, or Star Trek? Come hear what it is like to work on their comic-book counterparts, as we discuss the wonderful world of licensed comics! This panel will give a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to work on officially licensed comic titles from some of the top talent in the industry. Chock-full of tips and tricks for artists and writers, so make sure to come with questions for the panel. Speakers: Sarah Gaydos (IDW), Tini Howard (Poseidon IX), Shannon Watters (Boom! Studios), Corinna Bechko (Invisible Republic), Jody Houser (Faith, Orphan Black), Mariah Huehner (True Blood, The Last Unicorn)

4/7/2016, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Location: T302
Stress and the Freelancer

Being your own boss can be great, but the responsibilities and stress can be enough to send you hightailing back to the office. Never fear–you can be a successful freelancer and learn how to manage whatever comes your way. Join Comic Book Women’s panel of savvy pros for tips on everything from scheduling to ergonomics to building a community of other freelancers. Speakers: Casey Gilly (Comic Book Resources), Lea Hernandez (Teen Titans), Monica GallagherJen Vaughn (DC: Vertigo), Whitney LeopardCorinna Bechko 

4/8/2016, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Location: T301


Masterclass: Coloring

Join Sloane Leong (From Under Mountains, Bravest Warrior), Shari Chankhamma (Codename Baboushka, The Fuse), Lauren Affe (Buzzkill, Five Ghosts), Tamra Bonvillian (WaywardMoongirl and Devil Dinosaur), Kelly Fitzpatrick (Batman ’66, DC Bombshells, Bitch Planet) and Nina Taylor Kestor (Peanuts) for an in-depth discussion on preparing files for color, conceptualizing color for mood or print, and the differences between coloring your own work or others’. Bring your best questions; they have answers.
4/10/2016, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM



Lettering Comics

The best comics (and comic pitches) live and die on their lettering and it’s time you learned how to letter from the pros. Join Alex de Campi, Christy Sawyer, and Lea Hernandez as they discuss the foundation elements of good lettering, finding and contracting a letterer, common mistakes to avoid and how to break into the most time-crunched job in comics.

4/10/2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: T301