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Comic Creator Connection

Comic-Con International's Comic Creator Connection
Comic Creator Connection for Comic-Con 50!

Are you a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can’t draw? Or maybe you’re an artist looking to illustrate an incredible story, but you can’t write. Perhaps you’re both looking for someone to collaborate with so you can jumpstart your careers in the comic book industry. At Comic-Con 2019’s Comic Creator Connection, you just might find each other!

Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet potential new creative partners. Here’s how it works: In two 2-hour sessions—on Thursday and Friday from 7:00-9:00 PM—writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table (and by artists, we mean pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc.—all are welcome!). Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you’re interested in furthering the conversation, you can exchange contact information. If not, then politely move on. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists!

Sign up for Comic Creator Connection online in advance: programs@comic-con.org.

Please indicate whether you’re a writer seeking an artist or an artist seeking a writer, and please specify which day you would like to participate (Thursday or Friday). Artists are welcome to sign up for both days, but due to the high number of writers who sign up, we ask that writers choose one day only.

There will be onsite registration, but space may be limited depending on how many pre-registered writers and artists attend.

(Please note: All participants in the Comic-Con Comic Creator Connection must have purchased a badge for the day on which they would like to participate.)


 

Comic-Con International's Comic Creator Connection, Sponsored by ComiXology
About Our Sponsor

A long-standing supporter of independent creators and cartoonists, comiXology—Amazon’s premier digital comic shopping and reading platform—is sponsoring the Comic Creator Connection at San Diego Comic-Con for the sixth year in a row! As part of the sponsorship, comiXology is happy to promote work from a Comic Creator Connection collaboration that is accepted through comiXology’s independent publisher portal, comiXology Submit. ComiXology Submit enables comic creators and cartoonists (from promising new talent to established veterans) the ability to reach comiXology’s global audience. 


NEW FOR 2019: DeviantArt at Comic Creator Connection

For the first time ever, DeviantArt is partnering with  Comic-Con for the Comic Creator Connection! DeviantArt is bringing 10 emerging artists from its community, and they’re looking to meet with potential creative partners at this year’s Comic Creator Connection. Founded in August 2000, DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts, and a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community.


 

Comic Creator Connection at Comic-Con
2019 Comic Creator Connection Helpful Information

For those attending the event, please read the following information.

THE DETAILS
  • Where: Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina (See your Comic-Con Quick Guide for a helpful map)
  • When: Thursday and Friday from 7:00­–9:00 PM

Please note that space is limited, and if you do not pre-register, we may not be able to seat you.

WHAT TO BRING

Participants at previous events have benefitted the most from the Comic Creator Connection when they’ve come prepared. Here’s what you should bring:

Writers:
  • 20 copies of a 1-page writing sample (see below)
  • Business cards (if you have them)
  • A pen or pencil to write with
  • A 2-minute (rehearsed) version of your pitch
  • Water bottle (you’ll be doing lots of talking)
Artists:
  • 20 copies of a 1-page art sample (see below)
  • Your portfolio (you’ll have some room to spread out on the table)
  • Business cards (if you have them)
  • A pen or pencil to write with
  • A 2-minute (rehearsed) version of your pitch
  • Water bottle (you’ll be doing lots of talking)

The 1-Page Writing/Art Sample

Many participants have expressed difficulty in remembering all the different people they met with during the Comic Creator Connection. The best solution is to give each person you meet something unique to remember you by.

We suggest you bring along a single-page sample of your work, complete with your name, contact information, and anything else you’d like a potential working partner to know about you. Remember, everyone will go home with a bunch of these, so brevity is definitely a plus.

If you’re a writer, use this document to represent your writing style or the specific project on which you would most like to collaborate. Don’t write complete stories; just give them a taste. You may also want to use the space to tell prospective artists about your creative inspirations, favorite artists, preferred styles, etc.

If you’re an artist, use this art sample to give prospective writers a good idea of how you tell stories with pictures. Draw in some panels, if you like. Don’t just show your favorite artwork; show them how you use that artwork to tell a story. You also might want to tell them about your artistic inspirations, favorite writers, preferred styles, etc.

This is a rare chance for you to meet a lot of people at one time—and possibly your next creative partner! So bring your A-game. Be intentional, open, enthusiastic, and outgoing. Be generous with your own time and learn all you can from every person you meet.

Also, remember that we’ll have writers and artists at all stages of their craft, so please be courteous and professional and help everyone have a great experience.


Be on Time

This isn’t an ordinary Comic-Con program. Since creators are registered in advance, they will get priority seating. Any seats that are still open once the event starts will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.


Meet the All-Stars

If you’d like to see some of the latest work to come out of the Comic Creator Connection, come check out the Comic Creator Connection All-Stars panel. You’ll meet our latest creative teams, see their new work, and learn some valuable tips for starting your own collaboration.

  • When: Friday, 5:00 PM
  • Where: Room 4