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Friday, May 30
 

12:00pm

Professional comic portfolio review
Are you someone who eats, sleeps, dreams comics?   Do you want to draw Spider-Man swinging from NYC rooftops?  Do you  crave penciling the next great battle of the X-men?  Or do you have the  need to redesign the next Batman armor?  Are you unable to leave your house  without your pencil and sketchbook?  

It sounds like you need to be  drawing comic books! (comics?) Chris Allo former Talent Liason/Associate Editor  for Marvel comics is here to give you information on how to begin your  professional career.  Learn how to put together a professional portfolio.   Understand the basics of comic art as well as the business side of the  industry.  Get your artwork looked at and critiqued by the man who set  Marko Djurdjevic on the road to comic stardom!

Speakers
CA

Chris Allo

Chris Allo's  career at Marvel Entertainment spanned nearly ten years from Internship to  Talent Management.  He assisted in managing hundred of freelancers in  various capacities.   He Hosted and reviewed art for visiting students  from SCAD, RISD and did portfolio reviews... Read More →


Friday May 30, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center

1:00pm

Indie Comics Roundtable
Starting a comic? Already knee-deep in one and want to learn about networking, promotion, and self-publishing? Never fear! You’re not alone. We’ve assembled a crack team of panelists with varying levels of involvement and experience in the independent comics world. We’ll talk shop and discuss the challenges and rewards of doing comics yourself. Hosted by the Indy Webcomics Group.

THE PANELISTS
The Hobbyist, Chris Ludden of Chris & Gin (http://chrisandgin.com)
The Entrepreneur, Lee Cherolis of Little Guardians (http://littleguardianscomic.com)
The Kickstarter, Jackie Crofts of Nutmeg (http://nutmegcomic.com)
The Pro, Kyle Latino of Outlaw Territory vol. 3 and Prime 8′s (http://www.ktino.com)

THE MODERATOR
The Geek, Tony Troxell, Geeking in Indiana (http://www.geekinginindiana.com)

Speakers
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Ginger Dee

Her, Chris & Gin
Comic creator Ginger Dee was born on the totally, completely unknown island of Oahu. There she learned the survival skills that would make her the queen of all lizards- able to endure the searing tropical heat and unbearable humidity. After boring of travelling the Pacific and... Read More →


Friday May 30, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

4:00pm

Nerd-prov
INDYPROV is an Emmy® Award nominated improvisational comedy troupe and his been performing for over a decade. Join us for an improv show based on your suggestions about all things nerdy! We will visit comics, gaming, Dr. Who and all things geek like! Audience interaction highly encouraged!

Friday May 30, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center

5:00pm

The Delinquent Comic Art of Willy Harroff
Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men (& Women)? I Do! I Do!

Ever wonder when parents first started NOT trusting their kids? The 1950s! Soon after the words “juvenile delinquency” were paired together, no child was spared! Suddenly comics, rock & roll, smoking and the birds & the bees were suspects. Comic book burnings literally swept the nation. Sound familiar?

This humorous, but informative talk would include an homage to the fantastic comic book artists and writers of the 1950s and 60s along with a stinging indictment against the self-appointed culture wars critic of the era, Dr. Fredric Wertham (think Dr. Phil). Wertham, author of Seduction of the Innocent, declared comics were responsible for juvenile delinquency and, unintentionally, brought the Comics Code Authority into practice, permanently whitewashing the quality out of mainstream comics.

In my own comics, I take Wertham’s quasi-scientific argument to the extreme. Wertham claimed horror and crime comics caused youth to go on delinquent, sometimes murderous, crime sprees and sexual romps. I apply Wertham’s bogus method of removing micro-sections of early comics for close inspection, morph them into beautiful quilt-like kaleidoscopic patterns and transform them into fresh funny images.

Wascally Wee Willy Harroff


Friday May 30, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

5:00pm

Write Or Wrong - A Writer's Guide to Creating Comics
Join Dirk Manning, author of Write or Wrong - A Writer's Guide to Creating Comics, as he walks you through the creative process of writing for comic books. Have a story you've been dying to turn into a comic book? Come learn from Dirk!

Speakers

Friday May 30, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center

7:30pm

Free Concert with Paul & Storm
Join us for our PopCon Kick Off Concert featuring our special guest headliners, Paul & Storm!  This concert is FREE for all PopCon fans with a valid Friday/3-Day pass for the convention.

With Support From The Harp Twins and Playboy Psychonauts, and with "Big Daddy Cool" as MC, this concert is sure to take the roof off the convention center!

Moderators
avatar for Johnny Dellarocca

Johnny Dellarocca

Owner, BDC Entertainment Network
Johnny Dellarocca is a walking talking reminder of a time long past. He describes his entertainment style as Dieselpunk - a fusion of the styles and aesthetics of the past, with the sensibilities of contemporary culture.  Johnny fuses magic with high energy vocal swing music and... Read More →

Speakers
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Paul and Storm

Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) have been writing and performing funny songs together for a long, long time, starting with their stint together in a cappella band Da Vinci’s Notebook. Their music has appeared on pretty much every type of media... Read More →


Friday May 30, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Stage Indiana Convention Center
 
Saturday, May 31
 

12:00pm

Creating Your First Comic
How to Print, Self-Publish, and Profit as an Indie Creator

The Sun Bros have written, illustrated, and published their first three comics in just three years—ChinatownApocalypse Man, and their latest graphic novel, Monkey Fist. Their Kickstarter campaigns have generated over $40,000 and now their books are featured at comic conventions and on the shelves of bookstores and comic shops throughout Chicagoland. But how did they do it? From the creative process to crowdfunding to tabling at your next con, join WesleySun and Brad Sun from Sun Bros Studios for an interactive panel discussion and learn how to get your own work out there!

Speakers

Saturday May 31, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

2:00pm

Writing a Comic Book Live on Stage
Creating a comic-book story live on stage. We'll be working with the audience to create and write a comic-book live on stage, which we'll produce and distribute afterwords. Awesome opportunity to spark the creative crowd, the comic-book crowd, and more. This would be a production of Follow Networks.

Moderators
avatar for Johnny Dellarocca

Johnny Dellarocca

Owner, BDC Entertainment Network
Johnny Dellarocca is a walking talking reminder of a time long past. He describes his entertainment style as Dieselpunk - a fusion of the styles and aesthetics of the past, with the sensibilities of contemporary culture.  Johnny fuses magic with high energy vocal swing music and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chad Ettelbrick

Chad Ettelbrick

Founder, Follow Networks
Chad Ettelbrick is the founder of Follow Networks, a creative community that collaborates to create comic-books, films, video, and more. Community members who collaborate on projects and whose ideas are used and included receive a portion of the profits created by that project. Chad... Read More →


Saturday May 31, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

3:00pm

Action Figure Customization
See exclusive figures and what goes into making them.

Get tips from the pros.

Ask them questions about their work.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Sillof

Jamie Sillof

Sillof's Workshop
My work has been featured online on blogs, websites, and online news services.  In newspapers at the local, national and international levels.  In  books and magazines nationally and world wide.   On television in local news, national news, cable, and overseas.   In independent... Read More →



Saturday May 31, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

6:00pm

KickStarter - How to Be Successful
Many of our exhibitors, guests, and panelists have completed successful KickStarter campaigns. We'll bring together a panel of the most, and least, successful to talk about their experiences using KickStarter.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Bancroft

Tom Bancroft

Tom Bancroft is a Disney animator from the Long Beach, California area who is best known for his creation of the Mulan character, Mushu. He stayed with Disney for about thirteen years, working on approximately nine features until he left in 2000. Since leaving Disney, Tom has been... Read More →
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Ragtag Studios

Ragtag Studio is an independent game development company founded in 2011. The team is comprised of friends and industry veterans, Matt Carter, Chris Cobb, and Shawn Halwes. After developing games together for more than a decade for studios such as Activision, Ion Storm, and Disney... Read More →


Saturday May 31, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center
 
Sunday, June 1
 

10:00am

Learn to Draw with Norm Breyfogle (VIP Event)
Meet one of the masters of Batman, Norm Breyfogle, and get tips and tricks for your own art and how to break into the industry.

For VIP Breyfogle Ticket Holders only! 

Speakers
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Norm Breyfogle

Norm Breyfogle was born on February 27, 1960 in Iowa City, Iowa. From a very early age, Norm liked to draw. When he was 12 years old, he began taking private lessons from commercial artist Andrew Benson. Around this time, he also won his first award at a town and country art show... Read More →


Sunday June 1, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 141-142 Indiana Convention Center

10:30am

Kevin Eastman Q&A and Fan Panel
Meet with the creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the great Kevin Eastman!  Ask him about how he thought up such a zany concept and what he's working on today.

Moderators
avatar for Johnny Dellarocca

Johnny Dellarocca

Owner, BDC Entertainment Network
Johnny Dellarocca is a walking talking reminder of a time long past. He describes his entertainment style as Dieselpunk - a fusion of the styles and aesthetics of the past, with the sensibilities of contemporary culture.  Johnny fuses magic with high energy vocal swing music and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Eastman

Kevin Eastman

Born in Portland, Maine in 1962 Kevin Eastman began drawing at a very young age copying children’s books and reading comics. Inspired by master storyteller Jack Kirby, and later by self publishing creators Richard Corben, Vaughn Bode, and Dave Sim, all of his early work focused... Read More →


Sunday June 1, 2014 10:30am - 11:15am
Main Stage Indiana Convention Center

11:00am

Comics in the Classroom
Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story!
Parents and teachers who want to bring heroic excitement into their child’s learning should join Jim McClain (Solution Squad, Reading With Pictures) and Bruce Nelson (My Geek Odyssey), veteran teachers and comic creators to learn the educational value of comics in the classroom. Students of all ages can benefit from a healthy dose of comic books and graphic novels. We’ll be sharing ideas, resources, and activities including some great comics that should be in every classroom.


Sunday June 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

12:00pm

Learn to Draw with Kevin Eastman
Join the original creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman, as he helps teach children the fundamentals of drawing and shows them how they can draw their very own Ninja Turtles.

This event will be for participants younger than 18 years old.  Parents may attend and observe with their children present. 

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Eastman

Kevin Eastman

Born in Portland, Maine in 1962 Kevin Eastman began drawing at a very young age copying children’s books and reading comics. Inspired by master storyteller Jack Kirby, and later by self publishing creators Richard Corben, Vaughn Bode, and Dave Sim, all of his early work focused... Read More →



Sunday June 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 141-142 Indiana Convention Center

3:00pm

The Comic Colliseum: Who Would Win In A Fight?!
Unshaven Comics hosts the ULTIMATE NERD DEBATE! Attendees will be invited to wage in hotly-contested debates on the ultimate fights (chosen at random... like Blackhand vs. Silver Surfer, The Hulk vs. Spawn, or Captain Planet vs. The Thing!)... And Unshaven Comics (and a few special surprise guest judges) would declare winners.

We'll have some 'greatest hits', a few funny mort rounds, as well as team battles to boot. Join us, and help defend your favorite heroes and villains in a knock-out drag-down comic geek debate. To the death!

Sunday June 1, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center

4:00pm

Grading Comics with Steve and Rick
Have a box of comics lying around in your attic and curious how valuable they may be? Well, a lot of it comes down to what condition they are in. A simple torn corner could mean the difference of hundreds or thousands of dollars in value. Learn from two industry experts who helped write the guidelines on comic book grading and hear special tips for protecting your collection.

Speakers
RF

Rick Frogge

Long time editor of the Overstreet Price Guide, and now the co-owner and lead editor of ComicsPriceGuide.com.


Sunday June 1, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center