The Symposium on Comic Arts
Saturday, February 26 10:00 am to 6:00pm (virtual)


On Saturday, February 26, 2022, we will be holding the first ever Symposium on Comic Arts. A collection of curated 15-20 minute presentations on high level ideas, topics and issues pertaining to the comic book and graphic novel industry. Completely Virtual The event will be held online to allow participants from all over the world to attend. Each presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session as well as opportunities to network and socialize.

Presenters 

 10:00am EST
THE QUESTION OF UNIONIZATION with Regine Sawyer
Regine is a comics writer, editor, and founder of Women in Comics NYC Collective International. She is the author of The Rippers, Eating Vampires and Ice Witch. She is the owner, writer, and creator for Lockett Down Productions, a small press company that employs all-female comic book artists with an emphasis on women of color.

11:00am EST
PRODUCT AND PROCESS with Tom Hart

Tom is the founder if the Sequential Arts Workshop (SAW), a school for cartoonists and graphic novelists, and taught at the School of Visual Arts before that. He has been making award-winning comics for over 20 year and is a Xeric grant winner. He has been dubbed “One of the great underrated cartoonists of our time.

12:00pm EST
CENSORSHIP IN COMICS with Gina Gagliano 
Gina is a recognized force in the graphic novel industry. Most recently, Gina was the publishing director of Random House Graphic producing original graphic novels for one of the largest and most widely recognized publishers in the world. She has been a tireless advocate for creators and the industry and Gina and is the co-host of Graphic Novel TK, a critically-acclaimed podcast on making comics.

1:00pm EST
GENRE AND DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS with Anthony Marques 
Anthony is an artist, editor, entrepreneur and now educator. Having done work for Dynamite, IDW, and Dark Horse on titles such as Doc Savage, Red Sonja, Back to the Future, Vampirella, Green Hornet and Ghostbusters. He is the owner of Dewey’s Comic City store in Madison, NJ, and most recently became the new president and owner of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.

2:00pm EST
THE CURRENT STATE AND FUTURE OF COMICS CROWDFUNDING with Oriana Leckert

Oriana is the Publishing Outreach for Kickstarter and has been the Creative Content Director for Per La Mente, Director of Matchmaking at Gotham Ghostwriters, editor-at-Large for Hyperallergic, copyeditor at MTV News, Associate Editor at Random House and a store manager at New York’s famed Strand Bookstore.
 
3:00pm EST
THE ROLE OF COMICS IN EDUCATION with Nick Sousanis 
Nick is an Eisner-winning comics author and an associate professor of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University and runs Spin, Weave and Cut. He received his doctorate in education at Columbia University where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. Titled Unflattening, it argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning.

5:00pm EST
CREATOR VIRTUAL NETWORKING

Join us as we socialize with other attendees and creators. A great opportunity to make professional connections in the comics industry. Find you next collaborator!

Who Should Attend?  
Our goal is to help take the industry and creators to the next level and help fulfill the medium's potential to tell better stories, inspire people and change the world. If you're a graphic novelist or comic creator and you feel that comics could do more and be more, then this event is for you!