With Long Beach Comic Expo set to take place this weekend (February 16-17), the full schedule of panels for the convention as well as Comic Creator Conference (which takes place the Friday before the convention and will culminate with the 5th Annual DWAYNE MCDUFFIE AWARD FOR DIVERSITY IN COMICS award event) have been released.
As was mentioned on this past Sunday’s Talkin’ Con: A Cup O’ Tea with An Englishman In San Diego with Loryn Stone and Ivan Cohen of Long Beach Comic Expo, the main focus for the show is comic books, and there are quite a few panels I hope to get a chance to see.
So let’s talk about the ones I look forward to:
For me the first panel I will be attending will be the Captain Marvel: Origins on Saturday morning with Gerry Conway and Margaret Stohl. Both of the panelists are quite familar with the character, with Gerry having introduced her in the 70s, and Margaret having written THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL.
The next panel of interest to myself is one that is actually being sponsored by Marvel’s CAPTAIN MARVEL movie and features four panelists who have had a long career in the world of pop culture. Barbra Dillon of Fanbase Press, veteran cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty, Long Beach Comic Expo’s founder Martha Donato, and veteran editor and writer Barbara Randall Kesel will be discussing their careers as well as obstacles they’ve faced over the years. Loryn Stone will be moderating the panel.
Later on Saturday will be a panel titled Batman, Batwoman, and Beyond which will have panelists: Kevin Nowlan, Rick Leonardi, Marguerite Bennett, and Joseph Illidge discussing all things Batman related.
As for panels on Sunday that caught my eye, the day will start for me with the Sunday Conversation with DC Comics’ Dan DiDio panel, with Dan discussing all things DC Comics related.
Following that for me will be a panel with cartoon industry veterans Larry Houston, Chuck Patton, Ian McGinty, and Samantha Glow Knapp as they discuss their careers in the cartoon industry.
For those of you interested in the Friday’s C3 events here is the press release with details on them.
C3: Comic Creator Conference, The Comic Industry’s Leading Professional Conference, Announces Their 2019 Program Line-Up
C3 2019 Will Again Deliver Valuable Insight Into the Comic Industry and Connect Up and Coming Professionals with Seasoned Creators and Publishers
Long Beach, CA (February 13, 2019) – Today, MAD Entertainment Management — experienced hosts of diverse and inclusive pop culture conventions — is pleased to announce the complete program line-up for this year’s C3: Comic Creator Conference.
Taking place on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California on the eve of the Long Beach Comic Expo, this ninth installment of the largest professional comic industry event brings with it opportunities to connect professional comic creatives and other high-level industry professionals through a series of valuable panels and events.
This year’s conference will include talks from industry leaders and veterans, including Keynote addresses from Martha Donato, CEO of MAD Entertainment Management and founder of C3, John Nee, publisher of Marvel Comics, and Joseph Illidge, author, editorial strategist, and former editor of DC Comics and Valiant Comics.
This empowering and insightful event will culminate with the presentation of the 5th Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. Created in honor of Dwayne McDuffie (1962-2011) — the legendary African-American writer and producer of Static Shock, Justice League, and Ben 10: Alien Force & Ultimate Alien who most famously co-founded Milestone Media, the most successful minority-owned comic book company in the history of the industry — spotlights the foremost underrepresented voices in comics who are striving to craft a wider diversity of creations.
“At MAD Events, we strive to not only provide fans of the comic industry an outlet to have fun, but we also encourage the growth of the industry by serving its most talented creators,” said Jim McLauchlin, Director of Programming for C3. “We’re proud to once again host the Comic Creator Conference so that industry professionals can network, learn from one another, and acquire the resources that they need to introduce new worlds to comic fans worldwide.” Some of C3: Comic Creator Conference panel highlights include:
- Listen and Thrive as a Creator: Presented by Writer Barbara Kesel (Hawk and Dove), Actor/Author Neo Edmond (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Writer Charlotte Fullerton (My Little Pony, Ben 10), learn why listening is the key to honing your creative skills and expanding your writing palette.
- Self-promotion From the Experts: Former DC Comics and Valiant Comics Editor Joe Illidge and Fanbase Press Editor in Chief Barbara Dillon share their combined expertise in getting your product to the masses and media outlets, through guerrilla marketing, social media, and networking events.
- Challenges and Opportunities for Independent Creators: Writer Ron Marz (Green Lantern), Aspen Comics Editor in Chief Vince Hernandez, and sci-fi/fantasy/horror author Russell Nohelty have been with companies big and small. Attendees will learn all about exciting opportunities on the indie scene, and the ins-and-outs of working with large companies.
- Creator Connection: First Connections: One of the most anticipated panels — hosted by Marvel Comics Writer, Buddy Scalara (of Deadpool fame) — invites attendees to bring business cards and samples of their work to this interactive networking panel that has over the years brought countless creative teams and publishers together.
Comic industry professions who wish to attend C3: Comic Creator Conference can purchase tickets through C3’s official website: http://comiccreatorcon.com.
The full C3 programming schedule is available at https://uberstrategist.link/C3-ProgrammingSchedule.