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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

Exciting projects ahead for Cogswell College Comic Creation Club

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Cogswell's Comic Creation Club Creates Comics

Cogswell College Comic Creation Club (or C5 as we lovingly call it) has started its first comic!  We’re currently working on the writing and layout of the comic, one of my personal favorite parts.  This particular comic is about a knight who wishes to be part of the Queen’s guard, but to be a part of it he must accomplish particular tasks.  Our first comic is about his first task.  We have character designs and some background designs done for the comic and once we have the page layouts done then the penciler will get to start, which means I get to lecture on penciling.

Another thing we’re doing as a club is going to Wondercon in San Francisco.  We’re looking at handing out flyers for the school.  I also hope to talk to some artists that might like to come and present in the future at our school.  There’s a chance that we may even go in costume, we might even have one of our members dressed as Snape from the Harry Potter series.  It looks quite exciting.  Speaking of exciting, I taught another one of our club members how to say ‘excited’ in American Sign Language.  She has hurt herself and cannot speak today, so I helped her out there a bit.

We are also looking at hosting a small Comic Festival (with the help of another Cogswell student club, Andrew Fest, so we’re calling in Comic Fest) for our students where we bring in industry professionals to talk about what they do.  I’m currently talking to some writers and an inker, I just need to find a color artist and a penciler.  Hopefully this event will come together nicely.  We’re also intending to have a costume contest for our cosplayers and a raffle will also hopefully be held as well.  It looks like that will be fun.

On top of that we’re also taking about doing a shortened version of the 24 hour comic, calling it a 12 hour comic.  The idea of the 24 hour comic is to create a 24 page comic in 24 consecutive hours.  You come to the event with no idea about what you’re going to write and draw about and hopefully leave with a completed comic.  We had done the 24 hour comic last semester and found that anyone attending also didn’t finish their homework that weekend, so we’ve changed our game plan to just take one day in the weekend instead of both days.  At the 24 hour comic event we had 2 club members completely finish their comic, all the way to inks and words.  That was myself and another experienced comic writer in the C5 club.  Another student who isn’t in the club but wanted to attend at the event made it all the way to page 24 in blue pencil.  This time it’s a 12 paged comic in 12 hours and you are allowed to bring an idea with you to the event.  Because most of our club members are new to comic creating I sort of want to have something that’s not quite as intense as the 24 hour comic.

- Amelia, C5 Club President