Ancient Greek and Roman mythologies have inspired many story narratives throughout history. The sword and sorcery genre was explored in the early years of cinema, but became globally popular in the 1950s-60s. Starting with Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess in the 1990s, such tales have experienced a resurgence in film, television, and comics. In this hour, the panelists will historicalize the genre and explore the stories that are currently entertaining audiences.
Date and time: Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 12:00pm
Room: 404 A
Genre / Topic: Film
Moderator: Michele Brittany
Participants: Steven L. Sears (Xena: Warrior Princess), D.J. Kirkbride (Once and Future Queen), Nicholas Diak (The New Peplum: Essays on Sword and Sandal Films and Television Programs Since the 1990s), Steve Gordon (Fire & Ice)
Are you an independent comic book creator frustrated that your local comic shop doesn’t seem interested in carrying your comic book or supporting your career? Are you a comic shop owner feeling pressure from local creators to carry their self-published dreams when you have so many other bigger issues to worry about? Believe it or not, these two elements offer up a tremendous opportunity for SYNERGY! This can be a win win for BOTH of you and our panel of both comic shop owners AND creators will tell you how they’ve navigated themselves into a relationship of mutually assured SUCCESS! BRAVE NEW WORLD (Newhall, CA) owner Andy Liegl, HI DE HO COMICS owner Eddie DeAngelini, ASPEN COMICS Editor-In-Chief Vince Hernandez, Editor/Writer Barbara Kesel and Writer D.J. Kirkbride will be joined by THE COMIC BUG’s Mike Wellman in an insightful, progressive and problem-solving conversation on how YOU can get your books on the shelves of some of your favorite comic shops and how to help make your store enthusiastic to support! If you’re a local creator in the LA area, this is not a panel to miss!
Date and time: Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 12:00pm
Room: 308 A B
Genre / Topic: Comics
Moderator: Mike Wellman
Participants: Andy Liegl (Brave New World Comics), Eddie DeAngelini (Hi De Ho Comics, Collectors), Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics), Barbara Kesel (Watchmen, My Little Pony), D.J. Kirkbride (Once and Future Queen, Amelia Cole)
To celebrate the release of THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN #1, Adam and I will will be at Books with Pictures in Portland, OR from noon to 2pm on March 1st. If you’re in the area, please stop by this excellent comic shop and get your comics scribbled on the Hall to my Oates and the Oates to his Hall!
D.J. Kirkbride co-wrote and co-created the acclaimed fantasy adventure series AMELIA COLE, an ongoing series published digitally by Monkeybrain Comics via ComiXology and in print courtesy of IDW Publishing. He wrote the cosmic space opera THE BIGGER BANG and its sequel THE BIGGEST BANG, both from IDW. He also co-wrote the Dark Horse Comics superhero mini-series NEVER ENDING and the DARK HORSE PRESENTS feature “Laser Joan and the Rayguns.” March 2017 will see the debut of his latest creation with AMELIA COLE collaborators Adam P. Knave and Nick Brokenshire: THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN, a 21st century update of Arthurian legend from Dark Horse Comics.