Comic Creator Connection

Comic Creator Connection at SAM, Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Comic-Con Museum
Comic Creator Connection at SAM 2019

SAM 2019 presented by Comic-Con is a FREE event, but participation in the Comic Creator Connection is limited. Advance online registration is encouraged.

Comic Creator Connection Sign-ups

Here’s how it works: From 12:30–1:30 PM, writers and artists (pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc.—all are welcome!) will sit across from each other at a table for five minutes at a time, to talk one-on-one about each other’s ideas and skills. At the end of each five-minute period, each writer will get up and move on to the next artist. If you’re interested in furthering the conversation, you can exchange contact information. If not, then politely move on.

To sign up for the Comic Creator Connection (CCC) in advance of SAM 2019, send an email to programs@comic-con.org. Please indicate whether you’re a writer seeking an artist or an artist seeking a writer. Please note that if you don’t pre-register, we may not be able to seat you.

Once confirmed for pre-registration, pick up your complimentary badge at the Program Participant Desk in the lobby of the Comic-Con Museum by 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 26.

There will also be onsite registration for the CCC, but space will depend on how many pre-registered writers and artists attend.


ComiXology at the Comic Creator Connection

A long-standing supporter of independent creators and cartoonists, comiXology—Amazon’s premier digital comics service—has sponsored the Comic Creator Connection at San Diego Comic-Con for six years and is now bringing their support to SAM! ComiXology promotes works born from Comic Creator Connection collaborations accepted through comiXology’s independent publisher service, - comiXology Submit. Submit enables comic creators and cartoonists (from promising new talent to established veterans) the ability to reach comiXology’s global audience. A representative from comiXology will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice for burgeoning creators.


What to Bring to the Comic Creator Connection

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 one-page writing sample (see below)
  • Business cards (if you have them)
  • A pen or pencil to write with
  • A two-minute (rehearsed) version of your pitch
  • Water bottle (you’ll be doing lots of talking)
Artists:
  • 20 copies of a one-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 two-minute (rehearsed) version of your pitch
  • Water bottle (you’ll be doing lots of talking)
The One-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 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.

We look forward to seeing you at SAM 2019!