Wizard World Raleigh is taking place this weekend in North Carolina, starting Friday March 13th and running through Sunday March 15th. True to form in recent days, at many of the Wizard shows in 2014 and now 2015, we’ve seen a step up in the comics-educative nature of the programming, giving fans a chance to hear directly from veteran makers of comics about comics history and their own craft. And that is an excellent thing.
Let me clue you in to some of the quality programming to keep on your radar at Wizard Raleigh if you are a fan of comics history and the medium, as well as animation. Here we have experts in their field, including Tom DeFalco, Danny Fingeroth, Dean Haspiel, Ann Nocenti, and many more:
FRIDAY, MARCH 13
HOW TO WRITE COMICS WITH SPIDER-MAN’S TOM DeFALCO, HULK’S PETER DAVID, DAREDEVIL’S ANN NOCENTI, ARCHIE’S BARBARA SLATE, AND DARKHAWK’S DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 206)
Accomplished comics writers Tom DeFalco (Spider-Man), Peter David (Hulk), Ann Nocenti (Daredevil), Barbara Slate (You Can Do a Graphic Novel) and Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print) show and tell you how to write comics and graphic novels, going from initial idea to outline to script to finished story. Plus, the panelists will answer your questions about both the creative and business sides of the comics writing profession, including how to find an artist to work with (hint: a comics convention is the number one place!) and how to write exciting dialogue!
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
WILL EISNER: A SPIRITED LIFE & TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING: SPECIAL WILL EISNER WEEK EVENT WITH BOB ANDELMAN, MICHAEL EURY, ERIC NOLEN-WEATHINGTON & DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 306A)
Just in time for the 75th anniversary of the 1940 debut of comics pioneer Will Eisner’s iconic character The Spirit comes the revised, lavishly illustrated edition of Bob Andelman’s Eisner biography, Will Eisner: A Spirited Life, published by Raleigh’s own TwoMorrows publishing. Bob will read from the book and discuss Eisner’s career. Plus, the TwoMorrows crew, including editors Michael Eury (Back Issue magazine), Eric Nolen-Weathington (the Modern Masters series) and Danny Fingeroth (co-editor with Roy Thomas of The Stan Lee Universe) will be on hand to talk about what’s coming up from TwoMorrows.
CREATIVITY: 20 TIPS FOR AMPING IT UP! WITH YUPPIES FROM HELL’S BARBARA SLATE (Room 305 A/B)
Barbara Slate, comics creator—artist and/or writer of over 200 comics from Marvel, DC, Disney, and Archie—will inspire you with her top 20 creative tips. Come get some solid info from Barbara, whose published works include Angel Love, Yuppies from Hell, Beauty and the Beast, Betty and Veronica, and her new how-to book, You Can Do a Graphic Novel.
SPOTLIGHT ON ROB LIEFELD (ROOM 306A)
Rob Liefeld is an American comic book writer, illustrator, and publisher, a prominent artist in the 1990s. In the early ‘90s, self-taught artist Liefeld became prominent due to his work on Marvel Comics’ The New Mutants and later X-Force. In 1992, he and several other popular Marvel illustrators left the company to found Image Comics, which started a wave of comic books owned by their creators rather than by publishers. The first book published by Image Comics was Rob’s Youngblood #1. His creations Deadpool, Cable, Youngblood and X-Force helped change the comic book landscape and remain staples of both Marvel and Image comics. Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society) moderates.
CREATE-A-COMICS-STORY WITH SPIDER-MAN’S TOM DeFALCO AND THE FOX’S DEAN HASPIEL (ROOM 306A)
Ever wonder what it would be like to collaborate on making comics with top professionals? In this fun-and-educational session, superstar writer Tom DeFalco (Spider-Man; Thor) and celebrated artist Dean Haspiel (The Fox; Billy Dogma) create a new character and story before your eyes, incorporating audience members’ ideas and suggestions! Come see—and join in—the creative process! The panel will be moderated by longtime Marvel writer and editor Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; How to Create Comics from Script to Print)
THE UNAMBIGUOUSLY AMAZING J. J. SEDELMAIER PRESENTS HIS AWESOME ANIMATION FROM SNL, TEK JANSEN, TV FUNHOUSE AND MORE! (ROOM 306A)
Join us for a rare treat as legendary animator J.J. Sedelmaier (The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Tek Jansen, X-Presidents) shows some of his most outrageous, genre-bending cartoons and talks about his fascinating life and career, from Saturday Night Live to TV Funhouse and beyond. Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; WhirlGirl) moderates.
SUNDAY, MARCH 15
FROM CAP’S SHIELD TO AGENTS OF SHIELD TO GROOT! MARVEL COMICS AT 76 with DANNY FINGEROTH, PETER DAVID & J.J. SEDELMAIER (ROOM 306A)
In 1939, Marvel Comics #1 debuted, unleashing The Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch on the world, and launching what would come to be known as the Marvel Universe. Peter David (The Incredible Hulk; X-Factor), J. J. Sedelmaier (Tek Jansen; X-Presidents) and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; researcher on Taschen’s 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen) present an illustrated tour through the more than seven decades of the phenomenon that is Marvel.
SUPERWOMEN OF COMICS WITH X-MEN’S ANN NOCENTI, DISNEY’S POCAHANTAS’ BARBARA SLATE, BILLY DOGMA’S DEAN HASPIEL & AZA ENTERTAINMENT’S JAZMIN TRUESDALE (ROOM 306A)
Jazmin Truesdale, founder and creator of Aza Entertainment, home of a roster of all-new multicultural female superheroes (debuting in 2016) will tell us why and how she decided to launch this new venture. Joining her are Aza writer Ann Nocenti (Daredevil; the X-Men), as well as Barbara Slate (Disney’s Pocahontas; You Can Do a Graphic Novel) and Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma; The Fox). Danny Fingeroth (Dazzler; Spider-Man) moderates.
You can find a full listing of programming at Wizard World Raleigh here.
Also, don’t miss out on Dean Haspiel’s special variant cover for The Walking Dead for Wizard World Raleigh, free to attendees, and VIPs get the special black and white cover: