Witches, demons and ghosts are recurring images and motifs in fantastic fiction. They seem to have only become more and more popular as the years go by. How can they be used effectively, respectfully and to their chilling and terrific best. Nicola Scott, artist on ‘Black Magic’, ‘Wonder Woman’ ‘Teen Titans’, Andrew Constant, writer of ‘The Demon’ and ‘Torn’ and Christian Read, author of the occult ‘Eldritch Kid’, ‘Karnak’ and ‘Lark Case Files’ break down how they approach this rich field of genre, its rewards and how they consider the best ways to approach it.
MOVING BEYOND INFLUENCES
No one comes to a story without having read and enjoyed stories. However, it is important to understand ‘the anxiety of influence’, how to tread ground that others may have walked before, while making something your own. Ryan Griffen, writer on Cleverman, Brenton McKenna, writer/illustrator of Ubby’s Underdogs, and Christian Read, writer of ‘Karnak,’ ‘Eldritch Kid’ and ‘Unmasked’ reveal how they study their own influences, and how you can identify and use your own influence.
AUSTRALIAN COMIC PUBLISHING – WHAT WERE WE THINKING?
The landscape of publishing comics in Australia has changed dramatically over the last 30-40 years. An open and honest discussion with Gary Chaloner of the revitalised Cyclone Comics, Glenn Ford of Frew Publications, Elise Jones of Allen & Unwin, Wolfgang Bylsma of Gestalt Comics, and Baden Kirgan from the now-defunct Black House Comics.
One way some comic creators choose to help finance their creative pursuits is to utilise crowdfunding, but whilst it can go right it can also go very, very wrong. Panellists share some tips and tricks and, in some instances, what NOT to do. With Gary Chaloner, Ryan K Lindsay, Louie Joyce, and Karen Beilharz.
WORKING WITH MAJOR PUBLISHERS
Making comics in Australia doesn’t just mean making Australian comics. A number of local creators are working with US publishers and building audiences for themselves overseas. Nicola Scott, Andrew Constant, Gary Chaloner and Ryan Lindsay share their perceptions on the US industry.
PRINTING COMICS – PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES
Baden Kirgan, the man behind both Black House Comics and Jeffries Printing, knows comics and he knows printing. In this workshop, he’ll discuss how best to prepare your files for print and how to avoid common mistakes that can result in printing mishaps.
CINEMATIC STORYTELLING IN COMICS
A masterclass in panel composition, narrative flow and storytelling with multiple award-winning writer/artist Justin Randall.