The final day of Emerald City is lighter than the two preceding days but still pretty good; probably a day for sleeping in and doing the Exhibit Hall for those of you who will be camped out in the Main Hall on Friday and Saturday.
Not as many creative panels today, after the bonanza that Friday and Saturday offered.
Hire Me! From Comics Fan to Comics Professional is in Hall D at 12:30PM: "the knowledge you need to get foot in the door and become a comics industry rock star."
What Makes Fantasy Epic? Hall B at 1:30PM: how authors create complex and engaging worlds.
Tabletop Game Prototyping Workshop in in Hall J at 2:00PM. People should bring in their prototypes to learn how to make an attractive and professional-looking game prototype without being a graphic designer or spending a fortune.
Bad Ass Business Lady in Hall G at 2:10PM will have Marissa Louise, Georgia Webber, Jen van Meter, and Gwendolyn Lynch talking business.
Cosplay Q and A with Ivy Doomkitty and Friends is in Hall J at 12:00PM.
Prop & Mask Making 101 is in Hall I at12:50PM. Crash course on how to make, and wear, masks and props of all shapes and sizes.
Working with Worbla is in Hall I at 3:50PM.
#Graphix10: Past, Present, Future is in Hall E at 10:50AM: the depletion in graphic novels and comic books for younger readers.
I Say A Little Prayer: Hearbreakers Gillen and McKelvie is in Hall A at 11:00AM. Q&A with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Q&A with Michael A. Stackpole is in Hall B at 11:30AM.
Marvel Animation Presents in Hall C at 12:00PM offers an exclusive first look at the future of Marvel Animation.
Science Fact In Comics is in Hall F at 12:30PM. The real science underpinning some great new books and how artists bring speculative scientific ideas to life
Redesigning Heroes for the Modern World in Hall A at 1:00PM talks about reinventing modern superhero costumes.
IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed Comics is in Hall C at 1:00PM with Kate Leth, Corinna Bechko, Jody Houser, Editors Dafna Pleban and Shannon Waters, Chris Roberson, and Gabriel Hardman.
The Complete Graphic Novel: From Idea to Market is in Hall G at 1:10PM. Panelists will discuss idea structure, talent searches and important, oft overlooked business issues.
10 Years of Mouse Guard will be celebrated in Hall D at 1:30PM.
Marvel: Next Big Thing is in Hall C at 2:00PM. Marvel's VP of International Development C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Mike Marts, Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader), Terry Dodson (Princess Leia), Stacey Lee (Silk), Robbi Rodriguez (Spider-Gwen).
Image Comics Presents: Something For Everybody. Hall D at 2:30PM: Ivan Brandon (Drifter), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet), Jay Faerber (Copperhead), and Megan Levens (Madame Frankenstein).
DC Entertainment Master Class: Art History. Hall C at 3:00P. What it's like drawing for DC.
By Design: Fantagraphics Books in Hall C at 4:00PM will talk about the challenges inherent in visually interpreting narrative art, translating archival comics into today's marketplace, and more.
Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations in Hall B at 10:30AM will talk about writing compelling characters who aren’t you.
They're Coming to Get You, Barbra: The Appeal of Horror in Hall A at 12:00PM will explore the popularity of horror in entertainment.
Transmedia Storytelling in Hall B at 12:30PM will cover “storytelling and fan interaction across various media.”
Reinventing Iconic Monsters is in Hall B at 2:30PM. Creating fresh monster stories
The Future of Fandom Conventions in Hall F at 2:30PM will discuss the evolving business, technology and culture of fan conventions.
Exploring the Human Condition with Robots and Monsters in Hall E at 2:50PM has Evan Dahm (Vattu), Blue Delliquanti (O Human Star), Kory Bing (Skin Deep), Sfe Monster (Eth's Skin), and Diana Nock (The Intrepid Girlbot).
Women in the Gaming Industry in Hall I at 2:50PM: Panelists include The Lady Planeswalkers Society, Wizards of the Coast, Microsoft (Xbox), Valve, Riot, Signal Studios, and more.
Discussing Diversity and Representation in Fantasy and Sci-fi Comics is in Hall E at 3:50PM.
The Doctor in Hall D at 10:30AM will feature a participatory and unscripted time traveling comedy.
Michael Bell: The Voice of Afternoon Cartoons will be in Hall A at 4:00PM.
Personhood in Battlestar Galactica in Hall G at 4:10PM - Cylons, racial slurs, and humanity in BSG.
The Main Hall has a shorter day, but a pretty strong one all the same:
11: Stan Lee
12: Curtis Armstrong: The Scribe of God2: Firefly with Gina Torres and Morena Baccarin
1: Scott Wilson
1: Scott Wilson
3: John Barrowman
And that's it for Emerald City. On the whole, the preponderance of comic panels is to be expected and should make ECCC an attractive contender for comic book nerds tired of the SDCC drama. Most of the cultural panels seem characterized by women and diversity while writing clearly dominates the creative panels; I like all of these things but I do wonder if other people would like more variety.
Of course, ReedPOP's influence could change Emerald City quite a bit next year. My best guess would be that they'll keep the comic book focus and progressive slant while amping up the starpower and bringing more of a focus on gaming. We'll see. For now, 2015 looks rather incredible.
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