Comic Creator Conference (C3!): Creative Connections to Further Your Career

MAD Event Management, the organizers of Long Beach Comic Con and Expo introduce C3 (Comic Creator Conference), an event designed to connect professional comics creatives with other high-level industry professionals to empower them with exclusive and personal insight, as well as directly connecting them with decision makers, peers, publishers, and other leaders within the industry.

The event will take place on September 1, 2017, just before the opening of this year's Long Beach Comic Con. Set away from the hustle and bustle of the show floor, the event is designed as a series of informative sessions hosted by industry leaders in both publishing and entertainment in a professional setting.

The event will feature a keynote speech by a highly respected industry professional, speaking from direct experience on the ins and outs of developing your own property for other media. Learn how to make smart business decisions on the path to taking your creations into film, television, and interactive entertainment.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to network throughout the day and at a casual cocktail event with a hosted bar and small plate food items for a small admission price of just $20.


Session Title Speaker Known for Description
2:00 PM
-2:10 PM
Welcome Martha Donato Executive Director, Long Beach Comic Con and MAD Event Management
2:15 PM
- 3:00 PM
Why You Need An Agent David Gallaher Only Living Boy/High Moon The decision about getting an agent is critical for comic creators. But... do you really need an agent? If so, why? If not, why not? How will you know if you need an agent? What should an agent do for you? Author David Gallaher (HIGH MOON, THE ONLY LIVING BOY) will answer these questions, address how an agent can be a comic creator's greatest advocate, and how you can go about finding one.
3:05 PM
- 3:50 PM
Managing Your Own Publicity and Building Your Brand As A Professional


Alex Segura



Barbara Dillon



Archie PR, previously DC PR; also comics and crime-fiction author
Barbara Dillon


In the modern, social-media dominated world, creators have more options than ever for how self-promoting and building awareness of their projects. But how to build a consistent brand that drives readers to your work AND is an honest representation of yourself can pose tremendous challenges for even the most-seasoned professional. Alex Segura, SVP - Publicity and Marketing for Archie Comics (and an acclaimed writer of novels and comics) and Barbra Dillon, Editor-in-Chief of Fanbase Press, discuss how to avoid pitfalls and make the most of opportunities.
4:00 PM
- 4:50 PM
Cuba - Separating Truth From Fiction

Martha Donato



Marty Glynn

Vince Hernandez

Matt Hawkins

Ron Marz

John Nee

Matthew Wierman

Dean Haspiel

Executive Director, Long Beach Comic Con and MAD Event Management In May of this year, 11 members of the U.S. comics creative and business community participated in the C3 Havana Edition conference, meeting with 50 Cuban comics creators at Havana's National Animation Studio for an in-depth discussion of topics relating to comics, animation, video game development, storytelling, and film production. Now Martha Donato, President of MAD Event Management (which runs Long Beach Comic Con) and many of her fellow C3 Havana participants – among them writer Ron Marz (WITCHBLADE, DREAD GODS), artist Dennis Calero (MASKS, X-FACTOR), and Cryptozoic co-CEO John Nee – discuss the trip, and are joined by artist Dean Haspiel (CUBA: MY REVOLUTION) to discuss the changing landscape of U.S.-Cuba relations in the creative arts going forward.
5:00 PM
- 5:45 PM
IP Ownership in Collaborative Media

John Nee

Geoff Gerber

Cryptozoic Co-CEO

President, Lion Forge, Attorney

How can creators protect themselves and their creations while taking advantage of the incredible opportunities offered in video games and other media? Lion Forge president Geoff Gerber and Cryptozoic Co-CEO John Nee share their insights into the world of developing original intellectual properties, exploring the issues that arise when trying to maintain ownership while exploiting the IP in video games and other forms.
5:55 PM
- 6:40 PM
Developing Different Models for Creator-Owned Work

Gene Ha

Dean Haspiel

DJ Kirkbride

Top Ten, Mae

Comics creator

Comics creator

From "digital-first" to "digital-only", from self-publishing to creator-owned work in conjunction with a more-traditional publisher, and crowdfunding and subscription models, there are many different ways a creator can maintain ownership of the comics work they offer the reading public. Award-winning creators Gene Ha (TOP TEN, MAE), Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE, HE RED HOOK), and D.J. Kirkbride (AMELIA COLE, THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN) talk about their recent experiences and how what they've learned is impacting what they're doing with their current and future creator-driven projects.
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