4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. Archaia Presents: How to Effectively Pitch A Story— In this interactive panel, Archaia editors and creators will offer their advice to aspiring comic book creators on how to better pitch their story. First, the audience will be asked to suggest an occupation, a setting, and a character motivation (e.g., a dead zoologist in Hell trying to get out), then nine volunteers are chosen and broken up into three teams of three people apiece. An Archaia editor or creator and an artist will be assigned to each team, and the team will go outside the room to come up with and storyboard a quick pitch for a story. Meanwhile, a fourth Archaia editor will put on a presentation outlining the do’s and don’t’s of pitching for the rest of the audience. After 15 minutes, each team will make their presentation, “pitching” it to the audience, who will ultimately vote which one they like the best. The winning team gets a prize pack of Archaia hardcover books. The experience will give the audience better insight on how to effectively pitch their project! With Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy, Archaia Chief Creative Officer and artist/writer Mark Smylie (Artesia), Archaia Publisher and writer Mike Kennedy (Bleedout), writer R.J. Ryan (Syndrome, The Joyners in 3D), artist David Marquez (Syndrome, The Joyners in 3D), artist Zach Howard (Bleedout), and artist Ben Templesmith (Bleedout, Immortals: Gods and Heroes). Room: 32AB
4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. Archaia Presents: Transmedia in Graphic Novel Publishing— In this information-filled panel, fans will be treated to exclusive announcements, images, and videos on three sci-fi properties poised for a transmedia explosion, with Archaia’s upcoming graphic novels providing a cornerstone in each campaign.
• Hawken is an upcoming, free-to-play mech first-person-shooter game from developer Adhesive Games’ and publisher Meteor Entertainment. In 2013, Archaia will debut the original hardcover graphic novel Hawken: Genesis, which will serve as a prequel to the storyline in the game, and will feature the talents of series creator Khang Le (Flight), writer Jeremy Barlow (Mass Effect: Homeworlds, Star Wars), with artwork by Greg Tocchini (Last Days of American Crime, X-Force), Francisco Ruiz Velasco (Inhumans, conceptual artist on Hellboy 2, The Hobbit, and Pacific Rim), Nathan Fox (DMZ, The Haunt), Christopher Moeller (Iron Empires, JLA: League of One), Bill Sienkiewicz (Electra: Assassin, Daredevil, New Mutants), Michael Gaydos (Alias, True Blood), Bagus Hutomo (Shrapnel, Heavy Metal), Alex Sanchez (Star Wars: The Old Republic, JSA Classified), and Federico Dallocchio (Starcraft, Modern Warfare 2: Ghost, Suicide Squad). The panel will include guests Le and executive editor Joe LeFavi (Immortals: Gods and Heroes) and will feature exciting announcements, the first illustrated pages from the graphic novel, and video footage from both the game and live-action short.
• Cyborg 009 was created by the legendary Shotaro Ishinomori (Power Rangers, Kikaider) and is considered one of the most influential manga series of all time. Since its debut in 1964, it has remained in print all over the world, including here in the U.S. As part of a new resurgence of original Cyborg 009 material, including a brand-new animated feature film being released in Japan this fall, Archaia will publish an all-new, original hardcover graphic novel that reimagines the classic story from a modern, Western aesthetic. Preview art and previously unseen materials will be showcased for the first time at the panel. Featuring writers F.J. DeSanto (Immortals: Gods and Heroes) and Brad Cramp (Invertigo).
• Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe is the first of a series of hardcover graphic novels based on the late 1970s science-fiction TV series starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. Author Andrew Gaska (Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier) and artists David Hueso (GI. Joe: Storm Shadow), Gary Morrow, and Miki team up to reignite this classic property about the inhabitants stranded on a moonbase after a disaster sends the moon hurtling out of Earth’s orbit and into space. The Panel will feature never-before-seen artwork, and a preview of remastered artwork from legendary creators such as John Byrne, which has not been seen in nearly three decades! Room: 23ABC
6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Archaia Presents: How to Tell a Better Story Through World-Building— Are you an aspiring storyteller? Want to know the keys to world-building and telling a good story? David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), and Royden Lepp (Rust)—three accomplished storytellers that have published or are publishing books through Archaia—present an informative, entertaining panel to show you how world-building can help you write and/or draw a better story. From character development, to settings and environment, to deciding on the right era, this panel will impart valuable insight into what goes into crafting a better story. Panelists will showcase rarely seen sketch art, concept designs, and models to enhance their presentation. Room: 9