FRIDAY 5/25

 

6:15 pm – 7 pm

SUIT UP!

*Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

Join members of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, & Ghostbusters costuming groups as they share their tips and tricks to building authentic, screen-accurate costumes! Pick up last minute ideas and on-the-go quick fixes to make your costume contest-ready for C4 weekend!

 

SATURDAY 5/26

 

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

COMICS STUDIES AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

*Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

Learn about the high-caliber comics resources at Michigan State University, such as the annual MSU Comics Forum (comicsforum.msu.edu), the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast (msucomics.libsyn.com), the MSU Special Collections Library (the largest public collection of comic books in the world), scholarship opportunities, and the recently minted Comic Art and Graphic Novel Minor (tinyrurl.com/MSUComicsMinor).  MSU Comics Studio Professor, Ryan Claytor, and MSU PhD Candidate/MSU Comics Forum Panel Coordinator, Zack Kruse, will be on-hand to discuss the many possibilities of studying the comics medium at MSU.

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

THE GREAT CARTOONIST SKETCH-OFF

*Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

Join comic creators (and Artist Alley’s finest) Jay Fosgitt, Jeff Manley, Jay Jacot, & Daniel J. Hogan 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!

 

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

WRITE OR WRONG: “COMIC KICKSTARTERS”

*Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

Dirk Manning has quickly become one of the most groundbreaking and noteworthy comic creators on Kickstarter, with book presales on the crowdfunding platform passing $125,000- setting new records for his publishers. What are the secrets to succeeding with creator-owned comics on Kickstarter? Join Dirk and fellow successful Kickstarter comic creators Dan Dougherty, K Lynn Smith, and Gene Ha as they 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 and releasing them via crowdfunding!

 

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

LET’S BUILD A TEAM

*Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

Making one great character is challenge enough – but what if you need to create an entire team of characters? Whether building a team of equals or just building a supporting cast for your protagonist, there is an art to fleshing out a complete roster of characters. Join Comfort and Adam with guests Jill Thompson and Angel Medina to learn the basics of team building and design. Then, we will invite the audience to help in creating a small team which will be designed and drawn live.

 

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

A CONVERSATION WITH JIM STERANKO

*Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

Captain America. Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The Hulk. Superman. The X-Men. Join Comics Legend & C4 Guest of Honor Jim Steranko for a first-hand perspective on the storied career of one of Marvel’s key architects- including his legendary contributions to the storytelling mechanics of the comics medium! There’s a reason he’s been called The Innovator– join us and find out why!

 

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

THE GARY REED INDEPENDENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTATION

*Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

The moment has finally arrived! After months of nominations, the selection committee has narrowed down FOUR finalists for the second annual Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award. Join us as we announce who the recipient of the 2018 award will be, and who was voted as most honoring the spirit of Gary Reed in independent comics. Will it be Dirk Manning, Victor Dandridge Jr., Dan Dougherty, or Travis McIntire? Find out here!

 

 

SUNDAY 5/27

 

11:45am – 12:45 pm

THE GREAT CARTOONIST SKETCH-OFF

*Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

Join comic creators (and Artist Alley’s finest) Jay Fosgitt, Jeff Manley, Jay Jacot, & Daniel J. Hogan 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!

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

COMICS: THEN AND NOW

*Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

Join Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella and Warlord creator Mike Grell for a retrospective on their careers in the comic industry- discussing the creation of characters that stand the test of time, changes in the medium, and personal anecdotes about their adventures in the business.

 

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

VOICES OF YOUR CHILDHOOD

*Outback Steakhouse Panel Room

Many voices reside inside the head of C4 Media Guest Billy West, and we’re pretty sure you’ve heard quite a few! From Ren & Stimpy, Bugs & Elmer, and even Fry & Zoidberg, Billy has established himself as one of- if not the most– prolific cartoon voice actors of a generation. Join us as Billy shares his adventures in voice acting- who knows, we may even hear from some of his famous creations themselves!

 

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