“How to Crack the Comic Book, Manga and Graphic Novel Creation Code So You Can Write, Illustrate and Edit Like a Pro” featuring US comic creator Colleen Doran
About the Speaker
Colleen Doran is an illustrator with hundreds of credits for clients including Lucasfilm, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Entertainment, Image Comics, DC Comics, HarperCollins, Reader’s Digest, Scholastic, and many more. She has illustrated the work of Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Anne Rice (The Master of Rampling Gate), J Michael Straczynski (The Book of Lost Souls), Tori Amos (Comic Book Tattoo), Warren Ellis (Orbiter) and Clive Barker (Nightbreed and Hellraiser) amongst many others. Her other credits include Wonder Woman, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Factor, Captain America, Teen Titans, and officially licensed illustrations for Indiana Jones, Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. Her space opera graphic novel series A Distant Soil, published by Image Comics, was listed among the “101 Best Graphic Novels of All Time”, and has sold over 300,000 print copies and has tens of thousands of readers in its web comic format.
She currently has two original graphic novels for DC/Vertigo in production—Stealth Tribes by author Warren Ellis and Gone to Amerikay by Eisner nominee Derek McCulloch. Furthermore, Mangaman, another original graphic novel created with best selling novelist Barry Lyga for publisher Houghton Mifflin, will be released in October 2011. She is also currently adapting a Neil Gaiman short story into graphic novel form for Dark Horse, which will be released in 2012. Colleen was also an artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC where she lectured on Hokusai and ukiyo-e prints and their relation to pop culture and manga. She has also lectured on graphic novels in arenas as diverse as the Singapore Writers Festival and the American Library Association. She is an Eisner Award, Chesley Award and Spectrum Award nominee.
In 2007, she was inducted into the Lulu Awards Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame in the USA. She is one of a handful of US comics creators to have had a biography published on her in The Library of Graphic Novelists series. She has addressed the US Congress on the issue of comics and piracy. Her blog on creator rights is one of the most widely read blogs in the comics and graphic novels industry.
What Participants Will Learn
· Storytelling Techniques – Marvel method; Plot with dialogue; Full script; Shitagaki; the Emotional wave; Adaptation and more.
· Visual Storytellng Styles – Manga (Eastern – uncompressed) and US comics (Western – uncompressed) narrative styles; Linear and mood.
·Professional Polish –180 Degree Rule; World building; Don’t fall in “romantic love” with your characters; Composition and pacing; Lettering secrets; Style and substance; How to give your work that sharp edge!
· Deconstructing the Process – Are you the right person for the job?; Collaborating; Breaking down the job; Comics in the context of time; The nuts and bolts of creation; It’s not about the gadgets: it’s about what you have to say.
· The Professional Life – Understanding the submission process; How to get into the US market; How to identify “Very Bad Publishers!” (and find the good ones!); How to make money from comics and graphic novels; Understanding the new world of digital comics; Engaging with fandom.
· Creator Rights – Understanding the importance of your Intellectual Property (IP); Creator-owned work vs work-for-hire (commissioned work) properties; Legal and ethical issues.
· Hollywood Insider’s Secrets – How to get your work from graphic novel to silver screen; How to find an agent and more.
· Chalk Talk – Q & A with Colleen with some on-the-spot comic art magic!
Dates: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2011
Time: 9am to 5pmVenue: Aerial UTS Function Room, Broadway, Sydney.
Admission: ASA members $135; Students and Writers’ Centre, Japan Foundation, Illustrators Australia, APA, ABA, AWG and ACA members $165; Non-members $195
Payment Plans: Participants can pay off the admission cost in three instalments.
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