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A wonderful time at Wondercon

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011


I recently attended Wondercon along with a few of my other Cogswell College Comic Creation Club members.  It was a really great experience for me, I got to meet people at Boom Studios and Aspin Comics (they’re like smaller versions of Marvel and DC), as well as meet some independent artists and comic writers.  Two years ago, at my first Wondercon, I got a really good suggestion which was to make my own printed portfolio to hand out to people I meet at cons.  So before APE (Alternative Press Expo) in 2010, I made little portfolios to give to people to showcase my art.  Before this year’s Wondercon I printed about 30 of them up and got them ready to hand out.  I also printed half page ads for my comic Unusual Tuesdays, and a bunch of business cards.  This is something I’ve highly recommended my fellow classmates to do as its really good for things like comic or game conventions where you’re hoping to network.

I went to some great panels from Boom Studios, one was about marketing and the other was about editing.  They also hosted one that was about the digital comic age, which is a big deal as that is the age we now live in.  I enjoyed a panel about the comic ‘East meets West’ by Peter Powers, and another about a series called ‘Finder’ by Carla Speed McNeil.  On Saturday I attended three portfolio reviews, from Lucas Arts, Aspin Comics, and Boom Studios.  Boom Studios defiantly gave me the best comments of the bunch, but I learned a lot from all three.  The critiques were worth the three hour wait for sure!  After that I walked around and handed out my flyers to people on the floor of wondercon, letting folks know about my webcomic “Unusual Tuesdays.”  It was a very productive weekend and I find myself quite invigorated by the turn of events and I’m planning my own marketing strategy for Unusual Tuesdays, going beyond just handing out free flyers.  I look forward to that.  Hopefully next year C5 will be able to pay for student’s tickets, or maybe even have a table.  I can’t wait for next year.

–Amelia Davis

C5 club president & author/artist of Unusual Tuesdays

Comic layout lecture with comic club president Amelia Davis

Monday, March 14th, 2011
Amelia Davis presenting comic layout

Amelia Davis talking about comic layout

On Friday I gave my very first class in C5 (Cogswell College Comic Creation Club) with the assistance of our club adviser Dave Perry.  I talked about comic layout, going over some of the fundamentals.  I’ve now been working on my own web comic “Unusual Tuesdays” for about a year.  I’ve also worked on personal comics before, so I knew a little to start with; however I did a lot of reading before this lecture, really trying to learn about how different people go about laying out the comic.  My ‘little’ class (of about 9 students, not so little when compared to many of my real classes) went really well, I talked about how to create a nice easy flow to a comic, how one can use panel layout to emphasize an important moment, and I really stressed that, most important of all, one had to keep the storyline clear and easy to understand.   I brought in a whole bunch of comic books of many different genres for my ‘students’ to look at.  There were adventure stories, horror, sci-fi, comedy, superheroes, but my main point with bringing them was to show the similarity with how the artists thought about layout, no matter the genre.

We went on a in-school ‘field trip’ where we walked to our wall covered in comics with a dragon painted over them to take a look at all of the different layouts up there.  On that wall there are hundreds of pages, most with creative layouts and I talked a lot about what I was seeing up there and engaged my students by asking them what they saw and thought about.  They all get an A for participation.

The lecture turned out very well and they all wanted to know when the next class will be, so I’m working up what it will be about.  There were requests for writing and pacing of comics, also for strip comics (like the ones you read in the newspaper) but for that I’ll actually have to dig up some new books as I don’t know as much about how strip comics are made.  Any which way I’m very excited that it went so well and I can’t wait to teach the next one.

–Amelia Davis, President of Comic Creation Club

dragon comic wall