I will be a special guest at Wizard World Chicago this coming Thursday, August 20th - Sunday, August 23rd, and I will be at table B30. I will have copies of my new Billy Dogma magazine, HEART-SHAPED HOLE, and the exclusive THE WALKING DEAD variant cover I did, plus other stuff for sale. I will also be available for illustration commissions and sign any comix.
I'm also doing a few panels moderated by comix legend, Danny Fingeroth:
Friday August 21:
2:00-2:45 PM JOINED AT THE HIPNESS: COMICS AND POP CULTURE! With SNL's J.J. SEDELMAIER, THE FOX’S DEAN HASPIEL, AND GOOD CHARLOTTE’S BILLY MARTIN
While comics are more than ever a major part of popular culture, it’s relatively rare that creators work comfortably and regularly in the worlds of comics and other pop culture forms. Today, J.J. Sedelmaier (The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Tek Jansen), Dean Haspiel (writer & artist on The Fox; Emmy-Award winner for the animated credits on HBO’s Bored to Death in Brooklyn), and Billy Martin (of the super-popular band Good Charlotte; artist on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) talk about what it’s like to shuttle between the worlds of comics and music, TV, and animation, and about what they’ve learned from doing so. Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (story supervisor of Showtime’s WhirlGirl web series; writer and editor of Spider-Man).
Saturday August 22:
5:30-6:15 PM HOW TO WRITE COMICS WITH GREEN ARROW’S MIKE GRELL, BILLY DOGMA’S DEAN HASPIEL, ARCHIE’S BARBARA SLATE, BATMAN ADVENTURES’ TY TEMPLETON AND SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH
Accomplished comics writers Mike Grell (Green Arrow), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Barbara Slate (You Can Do a Graphic Novel), Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures) and Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print) show and tell you how to write comics and graphic novels, going from initial idea to outline to script to finished story. Plus, the panelists will answer your questions about both the creative and business sides of the comics writing profession, including how to find an artist to work with (hint: a comics convention is the number one place!) and how to write exciting dialogue!
Sunday August 23:
3:30-4:15 PM DOING IT ALL: COMICS CREATORS WHO WRITE AND DRAW! With BATMAN ADVENTURES’ TY TEMPLETON, BILLY DOGMA’S DEAN HASPIEL, GETTING MARRIED’S BARBARA SLATE & ORIGINS UNKNOWN’S VICTOR DANDRIDGE
The model of comics creators tethered to one or two major publishers, working on adventures of corporately-owned characters is no longer the only game in town. Many of the writer-artists in comics work either exclusively on their own material, while others work both sides of the street, alternating independent work with mainstream assignments done in their own distinctive styles. Here, speaking about how they have forged their own paths, are some of the most distinctive creators in comics today: Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Barbara Slate (Getting Married and Other Mistakes), and Victor Dandridge (Origins Unknown). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels).