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.

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.


Room 103AB

3:00 pm               Opening Remarks, Martha Donato, Founder of C3

3:10 pm               Session 1: Comic Book Production – The Digital Workflow

Speakers: Sean Glumace, Dean Haspiel, David Baron, and Chis Dickens
Description: Come learn how the whole production puzzle comes together, and where all the pieces fit in the digital workflow of creating comics. Join Adobe Education Leader Sean Glumace, colorist David Baron, publisher/writer Chris Dickens, and artist/writer Dean Haspiel for this panel on how the Adobe Creative Cloud and other programs are used in comic book production workflow from layouts, artwork, coloring, lettering, design, production, and more. Come learn how to put the whole production puzzle together, and where all the pieces fit. Adobe will be giving away a 1 year (12 month $599 value) subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud during the panel.

4:00 pm               Session 2: Supporting Creative Work Through Social Media

Speaker: Tori Gedvillas
Description: Learn how creating artwork on social media and creator-focused platforms can help fund creative work from independent illustrator Tori Gedvillas, who has published over 150 videos to YouTube and amassed a following of over 240,000 on Instagram and 160,000 on YouTube.

4:50 pm               Session 3: Getting Press Attention for Creative Works

Speakers: Three of the top journalists in the world of comics, Heidi MacDonald, Jennifer de Guzman, and Evan Narcisse (each of whom has worked as a comics writer or editor as well) discuss the challenges of how creators – especially those without the backing of a major publisher – can best get attention for their projects.

5:45 pm               Session 4: Comics, Death, and Taxes: Finance and Estate Planning for Creators

Speakers: David Gallaher, Shannon O’Leary, Michael Anderson
Description: We all work hard but how can we make the most of our money? Join a panel of experts – including HIGH MOON author David Gallaher, financial advisor Shannon O’Leary, and entertainment entrepreneur Michael Anderson – as they discuss tax planning, generational wealth, and estate planning and share resources that can help creators paint a better financial picture for their future.

6:30 pm               Session 5: Creator Connection: First Connections

Speaker: Buddy Scalera
Description: Meet your next creative partner in this fun, interactive networking session. Many new comic titles and careers have been launched through this panel, which has never been offered in Long Beach. Bring business cards and samples of your work. This is the panel that has literally helped complete strangers form creative teams and publish comic books. Hosted by Marvel Comics writer Buddy Scalera (DEADPOOL). Sponsored by Marvy/Uchida markers.

7:30 pm             McDuffie Awards Program

Description: All C3 attendees are invited to stay after the conference for tonight’s presentation of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, celebrating diversity in the comics industry and continuing the legacy of the beloved animation writer and comic- book creator.

8:30 pm              Cocktail Reception