Inky Stories at Arisia 2012

Arisia is a New England-based scifi convention for fans and professionals. For the second consecutive year, I got to participate on a few panels.

I don't have panel photos this year.

The panels were designed to present comics as entertainment, art, history and business. I was lucky enough to work with new and old colleagues, each an expert in their chosen areas of focus.

The Panels

I'm Just Wild about Kirby

A discussion of the work of Jack Kirby, one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books. He was the co-creator of such enduring characters and popular culture icons as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, and Captain America. He also created the highly innovative Fourth World series of comics for DC. His style has influenced comic book artists and authors for years, and his imprint upon the field of comics can still be felt to this day.

Webcomics 101

You've got pencil, paper, and an amazing idea, but how do you translate that to a webcomic? Comic creators will discuss how to get started, common pitfalls and mistakes, and the joys of comicking.

Comics Reading

Comic writers can do readings too with the help of visual aids. Come see and hear creators show off their work. Comics come alive with voice (and the occasional sound effect).

Creating Minicomics

Minicomics are a great DIY way of making comics with very minimal requirements, and they're also a popular way of getting started in the indie comics scene. There's a lot of material for discussion: comparing and contrasting with webcomics, different methods and genres of comic storytelling, the 24-Hour Comic movement, and local creators (Boston has a number of mini creators and several comic shops that sell minis).

The History of Comics

Mainstream comics have provided the longest-running soap opera in American history, but what's the real story behind the story? How did just a few guys churn out so many amazing books? What tools did they use? What would they say about the industry today?

— Your boy-band hero Dave, once again disappointed by The Friendly Toast.