ComicCon-ing: Pensacon Panels about Comics

Comic Cons are called comic cons for a reason.  It all started with a love for comics.  Of course, they have grown by leaps and bounds to include all sorts of media and genres in those forms.  Still, there is nothing like a great comic book discussion.  If time permits, we love attending panels about comics, so you meet see us at one of these…come and say hello. Again, I’ll probably miss a few so make sure you check the Pensacon guide for the full details.  The Comics panels have a bright red color next to them.

Friday

1:30 – 2:15 Stupid Super Villains and Why We Love Them at the Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A.  Our good friends the Longbox guys will be hosting this panel.  We will be en route at the time, so if you are there please ask a question about Stilt-Man for us.

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5:15 – 6:00 Think Independent (Making Comics) at the Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A.  Want to publish your own comic?  This is the panel for you.  It will be led by And Childress and Geoffry Gwin.

Saturday

11:00 – 11:45 am Diversity in Comics at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room B.  Comic book creators will discuss how diversity has grown both on the pages of comics but also in the offices of comic book publishers. Comic writers and artists for this panel include Jen Broomall, Elliott Fernandez, Tony Isabella, NEN, Rodney Ramos, and Jeremy Whitley.

12:15 – 1:00 Creator-Owned Comics at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room B.  Go beyond the big publishers and create your own comic book.  Comic writers and artists for this panel include Pat Broderick, Steven Butler, Derec Donovan, Barry Gregory, and Kelly Yates.

2:45 – 3:30 Jack Kirby Tribute at theSaenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room A. The more you learn about comics and comic book history, the more the name Jack Kirby will grow in stature. Artists and writers will discuss his impact on the industry.  Comic writers and artists for this panel include Buzz, Mark Maddox, Steve Scott, and Scott Shaw.

4:00 – 4:45 Civil Rights and Social Justice as Reflected in Comic Books in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A. The Longbox guys will discuss how social issues have been reflected in comic books.  Plus, as a special treat, Tony Isabella will be joining them.

5:15 – 6:00 CNA Debate (vs) Panel Discussion at Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A.  This panel is billed as a fandom showdown.

5:15 – 6:00 Drawing TMNT at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room A.  Legendary creator Guy Gilchrist will give you the lowdown on creating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. Guy Gilchrist is always interesting and this is sure to be an informative panel.

6:30 – 7:15 Getting Started in Self-Publishing: From Comic Books to Video Games at the Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A.  Byran Kind and Steven McCall of Neo-Realms discuss the process of self-publishing.

7:45-8:30 Civil Disobedience as Reflected in Comic Books (Why Luke Cage Can’t Breathe) at Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A. The Longbox Guys (there is a reason why their podcast is one of the few I make a point to listen to every episode) will show how comic books reflect civil disobedience in the 60s and 70s as well as today.

Sunday

12:15 – 1:00 How to Make a Truly Terrible Comic: Common Storytelling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room A.  If you are a writer, go learn from the pros.  Comic writers and artists for this panel include Pat Broderick, Jose Delbo, Barry Gregory, Tony Isabella, and Jeremy Whitley.

2:45 – 3:30 Horrible, Horrible, Horrible Stereotypes in Comic Books at the Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room C.  comichistorianspanelWe attended this panel last year, and it truly made us want to learn more about comics.  In fact, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple used a few topics that were brought up in her AP Human Geography class when discussing culture and culture appropriation.  (Which is why she is probably Teacher of the Year and not me). This one is again led by the Longbox guys who do so many panels because, frankly, they are good at it.

4:00 – 4:45 Creating Comic Books for the Digital Age at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room A. How has technology changed the medium?   Comic writers and artists for this panel include Barry Gregory, Elliott Fernandez, Matt Frank,  and Kelly Yates.

5:15 – 6:00 The Process of Creating Comics at the at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room B.  Comics don’t just magically appear at your shop.  It’s a long process and these comic book writers and artists will give you the scoop. Comic writers and artists for this panel include John Dell, Derec Donovan, Roland Paris, Michael Russell, Steve Scott

Again, here is the map for Pensacon.

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3 thoughts on “ComicCon-ing: Pensacon Panels about Comics

      • Not the event itself. It’s the promoters. In the music world, they have fat wallets and the good ones rise to the top and eventually are bought out by bigger entities. It doesn’t seem — from what you and some of your linked buddies write — that Con promoters have enough cash to do the job properly.

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