SATURDAY

  Art by Yumi Sakugawa

Art by Yumi Sakugawa

11 - 12PM

Guided Meditation: Connecting with Your Creative Intuition

Join Yumi Sakugawa (The Little Book of Life Hacks) for a guided meditation. Learn how to meditate, engage in powerful visualization exercises for connecting with your creative intuition and practical rituals for inviting more inspiration and cosmic magic into your daily life and artistic practice.

  Art by Richie Pope

Art by Richie Pope

12 - 1PM

The Anime/Manga Influence

Japanese comics and animation have influenced a new wave of American artists. Join Sam Bosma (Fantasy Sports), Cynthia Yuan Cheng (I Am Home), Sophia Foster-Dimino (Sex Fantasy), and Kris Mukai (My Car's A Spaceship, My Spaceship's A Boy!) as they discuss their formative anime and manga experiences. Hosted by Richie Pope (That Box We Sit On).

  Art by Ronald Wimberly

Art by Ronald Wimberly

1 - 2PM

Spotlight on Ronald Wimberly

Join our special guest, Ron Wimberly (GratNin, Prince of Cats, LAAB, Black History In Its Own Words), in conversation with moderator Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio) about his process, recent works, and exciting future projects.

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 Art by Julia Kaye

Art by Julia Kaye

2 - 3PM

Queering Up Comics

The future of comics is Queer! The future of comics has long been here! So come join Tess Stone (Not Drunk Enough), Julia Kaye (Super Late Bloomer), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), and Mira Ong Chua (ROADQUEEN: Girlfriend of the World) for a fun and engaging conversation surrounding the current and future state of LGBTQ+ comics. Hosted by Taneka Stotts (The Beyond Anthology).

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3 - 4PM

Feedback (OPEN Forum)

Whose feedback do you take most seriously? How do you make valuable critique hurt less? How do you give feedback to a friend? What do you do when you're asked to make an edit, but you don't feel like it's right? We welcome your thoughts about the art of taking criticism, edits, and compliments. Open to everyone!

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4 - 5PM

Comics Jam

Come and draw in the programming room! Start a comic with a single panel and then pass it on for someone else to add to, or add to an existing comic-in-progress. Jam comics are for everyone — no drawing experience necessary.

 

SUNDAY

  Art by Yumi Sakugawa

Art by Yumi Sakugawa

11 - 12PM

Guided Meditation: Releasing Blocks to Your Creative Inspiration

Join Yumi Sakugawa (The Little Book of Life Hacks) for a guided meditation. Learn how to meditate, participate in visualization exercises for releasing creative blocks, and invite your artistic demons for a cup of healing tea. You’ll also learn rituals for releasing creative blocks and infusing more magic into your life.


  Art by Tracy Park

Art by Tracy Park

12 - 1PM

Creativity and Parenthood (Open Forum)

Balancing your life as an artist can be complicated enough — what happens when you add parenting to the mix? Join Tracy Park (MomBlob Comics) in a open forum discussion for all parents and creatives to share ideas and experiences about being artists while raising kids. Open to all, including kids and babies of course!


  Art by e jackson

Art by e jackson

1 - 2PM

What Does It Cost to Tell the Truth?

Representing gendered bodies and narratives on the comics page raises questions around authenticity and embodiment — as Riki Wilchins asks, what does it cost to tell the truth? Moderator e jackson (Liminality) joins Carta Monir (Secure Connect), Sunmi (Just One Ten Minutes), and Bea Urkowitz (The Beauty Theorem) in discussion of what these readings might mean on the comics page, how narratives of marginalized gender are depicted, and what “authenticity” means for representation of gendered experiences.



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2 - 3PM

Comics in the Classroom

Nalo Hopkinson (UC Riverside Professor, Sandman Universe: House of Whispers) and Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside Lecturer, Experiencing Comics) discuss their various teaching experiences and strategies for using comics in interdisciplinary classrooms, from creative writing lectures, to courses on children's and young adult literature.  They will also talk about centering and prioritizing stories by women, creators of colour and queer creators in their classes and give recommendations of comics titles and exercises that have been especially engaging for their students.


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3 - 4PM

Fitness for Artists

Suffering from wrist pain when drawing? Struggling with back problems from hunching over a tablet? Want to know how to prevent or counteract bad posture when you spend all your time at a drafting desk? Personal trainer Hetty Diep walks you through exercises targeting common problems for cartoonists and other sedentary creatives. Make comics — without falling apart.


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4 - 5PM

Comics Jam

Come and draw in the programming room! Start a comic with a single panel and then pass it on for someone else to add to, or add to an existing comic-in-progress. Jam comics are for everyone — no drawing experience necessary.