Animex Comics

Wednesday 12 February

OL1, Europa Building, Teesside University

An exciting new event will be taking place on the afternoon of Wednesday 12th February during Animex 2014.

Animex celebrates its love of comics with a day of talks and signings by writers and artists from the likes of Marvel and Udon Entertainment with some industry legends thrown in for good measure. There are only 280 tickets available and we expect this event to sell out very quickly!

The names of our speakers will be released as soon as we receive final confirmations. Keep an eye on our news pages and Twitter feed for exciting updates as they happen.


OL1 Europa Building, Teesside University

Wednesday 12 February
Time Talk
12:00pm Registration
Foyer of Europa Building
1:00pm Welcome
Gabrielle Kent Festival Director
1:05pm Playing In Someone Else's Sandbox
Jim Zubkavich Udon Entertainment
Comic writer Jim Zub talks about the advantages and challenges involved when working with established fictional franchises like Samurai Jack, Street Fighter, Batman, Conan, and many more. Breaking into the business, writing techniques, and amusing anecdotes aplenty.
1:50pm A Nobody on the Internet: Making Gunnerkrigg Court
Tom Siddell Writer and artist
Gunnerkrigg Court is a long form sci-fi fantasy comic available to read for free online. The series writer and artist, Tom Siddell, will talk about how it went from a drawing exercise done in his spare time to a full time career and the general process of making the comic, posting it to a worldwide audience, and some of the challenges he never saw coming.
2:35pm Break
3:00pm Working in the Marvel Universe
Adi Granov Illustrator and Concept Designer, Marvel
Artist Adi Granov discusses his career in comics and takes a look at some of his projects which include the Iron Man: Extremis series, written by Warren Ellis, his role as a conceptual designer and illustrator on the Iron Man films and the Avengers for which he also created key character designs and keyframe illustrations for the action sequences. Adi is currently under an exclusive contract with Marvel and has produced covers for multiple series over the last few years, as well as a number of short interior stories.
3:45pm A Career in Comics
Gail Simone Dynamite, Marvel and DC Comics
Writer Gail Simone runs through some of the highlights and stories from her career in comics and animation, ranging from the Simpsons to Wonder Woman to the Secret Six and more. She will discuss her love of the medium of comics, as reflected in her current work on Batgirl, Red Sonja and Tomb Raider, as well as her successful Kickstarter graphic novel, Leaving Megalopolis.
4:30pm Panel session
Adi Granov Illustrator and Concept Designer, Marvel
Tom Siddell Writer and artist
Gail Simone Dynamite, Marvel and DC Comics
Jim Zubkavich Udon Entertainment
A chance to ask all of the speakers your burning questions about comic art and story development as well as the business in general.
5:00pm Close and signings
As Animex Comics closes, our speakers will be available to sign copies of their work.

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