SPLAT! GN Symposium NYC March

Hey, graphic novels have made it! Various groups are now charging real money for conferences on the subject! Press release after the break.

The New York Center for Independent Publishing is venturing into a new medium with SPLAT!, our first annual Graphic Novel Symposium, featuring panels, workshops, discussions, and a Q&A with Scott McCloud (Zot! and Making Comics). The event will take place on Saturday, March 15, 2008. Registration is now open and is $125.

Addressing the graphic novel’s upsurge of growth into the general public consciousness, the SPLAT! Symposium will provide an intensive educational forum for the publishing community, educators, librarians, and people eager to find out more about the comics universe. It will also supply prospective creators with a unique opportunity to learn what it takes to be a graphic novelist.

In addition to Scott McCloud, the conference will feature Jim Killen, Barnes and Noble; David Saylor, Scholastic; Raina Telgemeier, The Baby-Sitters Club; Ted Rall, Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists; CB Cebulski, Marvel Comics; Bob Mecoy, Bob Mecoy Literary Agency; R. Sikoryak, The Seduction of Mike; Nick Bertozzi, The Salon; and Charles Brownstein, CBLDF.

SPLAT will consist of three different tracks of panels, seminars, and workshops designed for the publishing industry, would-be creators, and librarians. The first track will feature panels on topics including “Who Reads Graphic Novels” and “How to Get Published;” the second track will consist of hands-on workshops on subjects such as “Storytelling” and “Where to Start with Art;” and the final library-oriented track will include seminars on “Using Anime & Manga to Light the Fire in Your Young Adult Collection” and “Defending Your Graphic Novels Collections from Challenges and Censorship.”

It sounds like a great get-together for those in the industry (who have expense accounts) and librarians (who have travel budgets), but do aspiring creators really have $125 to spend on a day like this? I can save you money: If you want “to learn what it takes to be a graphic novelist”, it’s this: draw a lot. Read the books you’ve already seen recommended all over. Get feedback. Draw some more. You can’t buy success in this field. (At least, I hope that’s still the case.)

I am pleased to see that their subject matter is wide-ranging, including superheroes, manga, independent comics, autobio, and webcomics.

3 Responses to “SPLAT! GN Symposium NYC March”

  1. Tommy Raiko Says:

    Also in the “groups-now-charging-real-money” file is this Media Bistro seminar:

    “Writing Comic Books and Graphic Novels”

    Can Learning Annex courses be far behind?

  2. John Shableski Says:

    I agree that a creator shouldnt be able to buy success in this format. However, there are some great people on those panels, editors, publishers etc… who can all provide some really good insight as to what they are looking for in a story.
    Yes, the writer/creator needs to roll with thier muse when creating a book but, when it comes down to it, you also need to know what these folks are looking for. Often times we, in the industry see some great ideas that simply need some tweaking while others just dont work.

    I would recommend that, as a creator and a writer you would be better off with the experience of checking this and other events like it.

    I should also note that I am the coordinator for the librarian and teacher track.

    John Shableski
    Diamond Book Distributors

  3. Johanna Says:

    Since I’m coming out of a comic direct market background, I look at listings like that and think that I could go to a convention and see similar (or the same) people at panels. Plus, in that case, I’ll pay much less for admission, plus see other things, plus get a vacation. It just doesn’t seem like a good deal to me, but again, I’m not the target audience.

    I agree, for someone looking to get picked up by a NY publisher, the contacts and information might be helpful. But most of my favorite graphic novels were self-published. I guess that’s changing now and will continue to do so. Thanks for sharing your perspective.




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