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2017 Panel Room ScheduleDirk

**All Panels are conducted in the Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

FRIDAY 5/26

6 pm – 7 pm

COOPER ANDREWS/PEYTON WICH VIP MEET & GREET/AUTOGRAPH SIGNING

Be among the first to meet Special Media Guests Cooper Andrews & Peyton Wich at this exclusive VIP event! Meet Cooper & Peyton one-on-one, grab their autographs (bring your own item or provided picture), and snap a selfie with the stars of The Walking Dead & Stranger Things! VIP ticket grants you exclusive access to this event, the after-hours Drink & Draw, and guarantees front-row seating at all of the weekend’s panels! VIP ticket holders only.

SATURDAY 5/27

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Learning How To #MakePod

Have you ever thought about starting your own podcast but don’t know how to get started? Join veteran podcasters Pat Kawula (Digital Nerdage), Derek Becker (Comic Pros and Cons), and Stefani Manard (Shot of History) as they discuss the ups and downs of podcasting. Learn about what equipment to use, how to handle social media, and some of the common mistakes that are made when first starting a new podcast.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

THE GREAT CARTOONIST SKETCH-OFF

Join comic creators (and Artist Alley’s finest) Jay Fosgitt, Jeff Manley, and Jay Jacot as their considerable art skills are put to the test in this live, off-the-cuff sketch event! Watch these masters of the craft create art in real time as we throw a few… curveballs… their way. Watch the creative process unfold and experience how each artist uniquely interprets concepts as they come alive on the page!

2 pm – 3 pm

WRITE OR WRONG: “CREATING COMICS BY THE NUMBERS”

Dirk Manning has had over 1,100 pages of primarily-owned creator-owned comics published to date, and his first three Kickstarter campaigns have raised almost $60,000. What are the secrets to succeeding in creator-owned comics? Come hear this inspiring, informative, and entertaining presenter reveal the keys to creative and economic success in a series of numbers-based tips, tricks, and techniques that will help aspiring creators navigate the financial and creative landscape of creating comics!

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

THAT WAS COOL, BUT…

Long time readers have often encountered storylines where the payoff didn’t match the build up. Join Victor Dandridge, Jr., as he hosts comic creators Ryan Stegman, James Venhaus, Ryan Browne, Brian Level, and Comfort & Adam in a captivating discussion in which each will get a chance to pitch “their” versions of some of comics’ most memorable stories.

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

THE GARY REED INDEPENDENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTATION

The moment has finally arrived! After months of nominations, the selection committee narrowed down FOUR finalists for the first-ever Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award. Join us as we announce who the inaugural recipient of the award will be, and who was voted as most honoring the spirit of Gary Reed in independent comics. Will it be Dirk Manning, Joe Pruett, Seth Damoose, or Travis McIntire? Find out here!

SUNDAY 5/28

12 pm – 1 pm

SOLUTION SQUAD PUTS THE “M” IN STEM

Join Solution Squad creator Jim McLain as he takes you on a guided tour through his revolutionary 162-page STEM graphic novel featuring math-based superheroes, whose names and abilities come from math concepts that many students find difficult to relate to and retain. Jim will illustrate direct instruction, indirect instruction, and the lesson launch points throughout the book, and also provide you with the resources to use Solution Squad in the classroom just as soon as you return- including a free digital download of issue #1 and the accompanying lesson on prime numbers that is good for fourth grade and above!

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

SPOTLIGHT: PEYTON WICH

Join podcast hosts Pat Kawula (Digital Nerdage) and Derek Becker (Comic Pros & Cons) as they interview Stranger Things star Peyton Wich! Learn the perspective of being a young actor in Hollywood, get the scoop on his role in Stranger Things, and hear what’s next for this up-and-coming star!

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

LET’S MAKE A VILLAIN

Creating great villains is essential for making great stories – whether you love their every appearance or just love to hate them. Seven-time Harvey Award nominated husband and wife action faction Comfort Love and Adam Withers lead this seminar in two parts: first, you’ll learn what makes great villains in both writing and in art. Then, Comfort & Adam will invite the audience to participate in creating a new villain which will be designed and drawn live. Join in on the fun as comic creators Dirk Manning and Ryan Browne crash the party and bring their expertise in crafting bad guys to the discussion!