Schedule is subject to change.

Auditorium: LL2 | Black Box: LL2 | Cafeteria: 5th fl | Library: 6th fl | Classroom 1: 6th fl


10:00A-11:00A • Library: 6th fl

How To Make Comics Better

Watch as Ramon Gil breaks down what are best practices in comic book creation, and hear what industry pros Larry Hama and Adam Kubert have to say about it! Agree, disagree? Get in on this discussion!

Moderator: Ramon Gil

Guests: Larry Hama, Adam Kubert

10:30A-11:30A • Classroom 1: 6th fl

Pitch to Screen - and the Process In Between

Love animation? Ever been interested in how the industry works and how it has evolved? Guest Chrissy Fellmeth will discuss the process of bringing a modern animated feature to life. Fellow guest J.J. Sedelmaier (SNL) will offer his unique perspective based on his long career in animation.

Moderator: Jayden Hyman

Guest: Chrissy Fellmeth, J.J. Sedelmaier


11:30A-12:30P • Library: 6th fl

Comics As a Career

On this panel of comics publishing veterans – Abrams ComicArts, NBM & Papercutz – attendees will receive career advice, portfolio tips and more! Panelists have edited comics for a combined 50 years and can provide practical answers to burning industry questions.

Moderator: Serena Santos

Guest: Charles Kochman, Terry Nantier


12:00P-1:00P • Auditorium: LL2

Kodansha Presents: Alita Battle Angel Panel + 10th Anniversary

Kodansha Comics is celebrating 10 years of publishing manga in English, with a panel about its manga hits including Sailor Moon, Akira, The Ghost in the Shell, and Battle Angel Alita, the basis for the brand-new Hollywood film! Peek behind the curtain and find out how manga gets made, from idea to publication to English translation.


Stay till the end for a chance to win beautiful Battle Angel Alita hardcovers, or sign up for Kodansha’s newsletter to receive a cute pin from EDENS ZERO, the new series by Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima!


12:00P-1:00P • Classroom 1: 6th fl

Animation Demo

Watch as digital animator Chrissy Fellmeth walks you through a live session as she creates animated pieces right in front of you! Viewed on a huge display, she will take questions and show tips and tricks throughout. If you’re an animator, this is a must see!

Moderator: Kiara Arias

Guest: Chrissy Fellmeth


12:00P - 6:00P • Black Box: LL2


Stefan Pokorny, Founder and CEO of DWARVEN FORGE, world's foremost terrain makers for games like Dungeons and Dragons and famed Game Master wants to give you the chance to win Valorian Gold coins! Come see the Epic 3-D models and miniatures, no experience needed! A must see Theatrical experience! Can YOU SURVIVE the DUNGEON and win some Coin? In the Theatre, players wanted, onlookers welcome!

Guests: Stefan Pokorny


1:00P-2:00P • Library: 6th fl


Hey, giant monster movie fans, do you love seeing “King Kong” scale the Empire State Building? Ever wonder why “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” and “Godzilla” love the Fulton Street Fish Market? Then this is the presentation for you! Learn about the cinematic destruction of New York City at the claws of some well known (and not so well known) giant movie monsters. This is a family friendly presentation that will encourage discussion and audience questions about this amazing film sub-genre and will feature the interactive New York City Giant Monster Attack Map. Join amateur animator, filmmaker hobbyist, monster movie historian, and longtime convention attendee Mark Bailey to see why the Big Apple is so ripe for destruction when it comes to giant monsters of the big screen.

Guest: Mark Bailey


1:00P- 3:00P • Classroom 1: 6th fl


Cartoons come in all different shapes and forms. From caricature work, comic strip work, animated tv series or political cartoons – this two hour workshop covers all aspects of cartooning. Students will develop their own super hero character and will draw their own comic strip by using techniques and tricks of the trade of great character development and storytelling.

Guests: Cathy Nolan


1:30P - 2:30P • Auditorium: LL2

The Importance of Diversity in Entertainment

With all the commotion over incidents like ComicsGate let’s dig into why diversity in the entertainment industry is actually beneficial. Let’s hear from these talented women, POC, and LGBTQ artists in various fields as they pass along advice on what it took to get where they are now. You don’t want to miss this!

Moderator: Chris Martens

Guests: Larry Hama, Jamie Lee Rotante, Victoria Febrer, Amy Chu, Ramon Gil, Shumaila Kanwal, Chrissy Fellmeth, Regine Sawyer, Christa Pagliei, Alitha Martinez, Vita Ayala


2:00P - 3:00P • Library: 6th fl

Maddi FX

Michael Maddi’s career in TV and Film has been wide and varied! Hear him talk about how he went from A & D illustration student to make up artist! He is currently working on the hit TV show Gotham.

Moderator: Lucidity Bousoulas

Guest: Michael Maddi

3:00P - 4:00P • Classroom 1: 6th fl

Judge a Book By Its Cover

The process of designing an eye-catching book cover that doesn’t give away the story. This presentation by an award-winning designer and art director shows you how to convey the content of a book through imagery and typography.

Moderator: Elva Dong

Guest: Marci Senders

3:00P - 4:00P • Library: 6th fl

Portfolio Review: Cartooning, Animation, Illustration

Trying to break into the industry? Trying to get a job? Applying to a college of Art and Design? Then bring your portfolio and get one-on-one review from experts in the field. Show them your work and get tips on how to create that killer portfolio. Or just stop by to ask your questions. YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

Reviewers: Neal Adams, JJ Sedelmaier, Kubert School, Victoria Febrer


4:30P - 5:30P • Library: 6th fl

Anatomy of a Scene

Join a lively discussion as production coordinator and writer, Christa Pagliei, walks you through a series of scenes and discuss ideas and techniques behind scenes in their films, and how a script breaks down as it heads into the production phase. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from one of the best in the film/TV industry!

Moderator: Masha Norman

Guest: Christa Pagliei


4:30P - 5:30P • Classroom 1: 6th fl

How to Develop a Thick Skin

World’s a tough place, but we don’t have to tell you that. When it comes to your work you may get a little defensive and protective. Understandable. That’s your soul on that page, but this class is going to teach you how to take constructive criticism, grow as an artist, and get through the editorial process.

Guest: Jamie Lee Rotante, Larry Hama


7:00P - 9:00P • Black Box: LL2


A dreamlike glimpse into the visionary mind of Brooklyn-based artist and entrepreneur Stefan Pokorny. An art prodigy obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons, who attempts to bring his most ambitious work to life through Kickstarter, and Q&A after.

Guest: Stefan Pokorny


10:15A - 11:15A • Classroom 1: 6th fl

How to Become a PA

How do you get into the film industry? Well, most start by assisting producers and directors. Come meet Christa and Michael and learn how to break into the film industry!

Moderator: Masha Norman

Guest: Christa Pagliei, Michael Maddi


10:30A - 11:30A • Black Box: LL2

Freelance isn’t Free - How to Build Yourself as an Artist and Run a Business

You’re a one-person creative machine - how do you make a living? Come listen and ask questions as these freelancers, lawyers, and industry pros explain the ins and outs of being an artist in today’s job market. Learn how to value your skills and apply yourself in the marketplace.

Moderator: Tristan Elwell

Guest: Wilson Ramos, Alitha Martinez, Gamal Hennessy, Steve Zelin


10:45A - 12:15A • Library: 6th fl

Urban Development: A History of Graffiti and Street Art Photography

“Legendary first generation graffiti writer FLINT... will talk about how he survived his teenage years and graduated The High School Of Art & Design in 1975. His presentation will examine the evolution of his photography by showing examples of how he taught himself B/W photography by doing self assigned photo essays and into his color Night Photography and Light Painting. Is it easy to make a living by doing what one is passionate about? Immediately followed by Al Diaz of SAMO fame!

Guests: Flint Gennari, Al Diaz


11:30A - 12:30P • Cafeteria: 5th fl

Art Spiegelman: Mural, Mural on the Wall

Come see famed cartoonist Art Spiegelman give a rare presentation on his glass mural at the high school, “Today, Only Yesterday” a semi-autobiographical deconstruction of an artist’s work and life.

Guest: Art Spiegelman


11:45A - 12:45P • Classroom 1: 6th fl

Ink Flow: Learning to Ink Like Neal Adams

”Guys, inking ideally is a crafted ink line can interpret wood, metal, skin, fabric, or any of a thousand materials. If you think of an ink line as a LINE, it’s just that. If you “THINK” of it as skin, wood, metal, etc. can be all of these.” - Neal Adams

Learn to ink like one of the greatest comic illustration masters.

Guest: Neal Adams

1:00P - 2:00P • Library: 6th fl

Portfolio Review: Comics, Animation, Graffiti

Trying to break into the industry? Trying to get a job? Applying to a college of Art and Design? Then bring your portfolio and get one-on-one review from experts in the field. Show them your work and get tips on how to create that killer portfolio. Or just stop by to ask your questions.


Reviewers: Kubert School, Al Diaz, Alitha Martinez, Jess Worby


1:00P - 2:00P • Classroom 1: 6th fl

Animation for the Non-Artist

The workshop will focus on helping people who want to learn more about animation. People do not need to be good at illustration or perfect in sketching to be animators. Not an animation workshop in the traditional sense, it will help people brain storm ideas in 5 mins and then sketch the idea out. Then advice on small goals to make the final animation they want.

Guest: Shumaila Kanwal


1:30P - 2:30P • Auditorium: LL2

Old School Ruled

Meet the survivors of Art & Design High School (aka High School of Art & Design, aka School of Industrial Arts), in this in-depth panel on what life was like, the school that changed their lives, and the crazy stories on growing up in NYC.

Moderator: Frieda Christofides

Guest: Neal Adams, Larry Hama, Stefan Pokorny, Michael Maddi, Wilson Ramos


2:30P - 3:30P • Library: 6th fl

Portfolio Review: Film, Photography, Graphic Design

Trying to break into the industry? Trying to get a job? Applying to a college of Art and Design? Then bring your portfolio and get one-on-one review from experts in the field. Show them your work and get tips on how to create that killer portfolio. Or just stop by to ask your questions. YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

Reviewers: Flint Gennari, Christa Pagliei , Joann Hill


2:30P - 3:30P • Classroom 1: 6th fl

Learning To Draw Diverse Faces

The workshop will focus on helping people who want to learn more about drawing more than just your own face. Take this opportunity to understand the complexities of all faces from various demographics.

Guest: Alitha Martinez

3:00P - 4:30P • Auditorium: LL2


American Voices of Protest Against the Holocaust For several years, legendary comic illustrator Neal Adams and Holocaust historian Rafael Medoff have partnered on projects that use comics and animation to teach about the Nazi genocide. Created by Disney Educational Productions and the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C., it features six 10-minute motion comic episodes illustrated and mostly narrated by Adams–best known for his dynamic style and work on Batman and X-Men–and written by Medoff, the Wyman Institute director and author of 14 books. The episodes blend traditional animation and comic book-style illustrations with newsreel footage, photographs, and historical documents.


4:00P - 5:00P • Black Box: LL2

Cosplay Prejudge

Have what it takes for the Cosplay Contest? Serious contenders must register and then visit this special session to meet the judges for up close costume inspection.


Guest: Michael Maddi


5:00P - 6:00P • Black Box: LL2

Cosplay Competition

It’s that time, where fashion meets fiction! Who out there will have the best costume, the best skills, the best moves, and the best presentation? Cheer on our contestants as they strut their stuff and do the superhero walkway. Who will win top prize? Come one, come all!


Guest: Michael Maddi

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