While the FIT Diversity Comic Con is a celebration of multiculturalism in the comic arts, it is also an opportunity to educate.
10:00 Show Starts, Doors Open
10:30 Room A – The Animation Career
Do you want to work in animation? Join us for this informative session with some of today’s industry pros. With Jon Roscetti (Titmouse), Mike Reiss (Simpsons), Rachel Pace (Nickelodeon) and moderated by Hamilton Johnson (FIT),
10:30 Room B – SuperQueeroes: Representation in Comics
How to demand more relevant topics and better fleshed-out characters from the industry.
With Chris Allo, Erica Friedman and Moderated by Matthew Levine.
12:00 Main Stage – Welcome Address: Ron Milon
The FIT Vice-president of Diversity will say a few opening remarks and introduce the keynote speaker.
12:05 Main Stage – Keynote: Roz Chast
Roz is an award-wining cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine.
12:30 Room A – A Conversation with Roz Chast
Roz will talk about her career and answer questions from the audience. Moderated by Gina Gagliano (Random House Graphic)
12:30 Room B – YA and Children’s Graphic Novels
They say the future of the comics medium is in young adult and books for kids. This panel will explore that topic and how it can affect young creators. With Jamar Nicholas, Carli Spina and Andrea Colvin, moderated by Kiara Valdez.
2:00 Room A – The Life & Work of Mark Gruenwald
FIT professor Cat Schuller and educator Dan Tandarich will talk about the late writer/editor and his impact on the comics industry.
2:00 Room B – Webcomics Publishing
In this day and age, you don’t actually need a “publisher” to produce comics. Let’s find out how from these veterans of the internet. With Camilla Zhang, Jonah Newman, Indira Jainanan and moderated by Gamal Hennessy (C3).
3:30 Room A – Drawing on Your Culture
After decades of seeing the same demographics represented on the comics page, today’s creators are bringing their culture with them. Let’s chat with these some folks who come from wildly different backgrounds. With Omar Mirza, Ayomide Omobo, Nico Vasilo, Moderated by Heidi MacDonald (The Beat).
3:30 Room B – Costume Design for Film and Stage
Let’s take a look at this fascinating industry and find out how to build a career making fashion for stories and actors.
Moderated by Eileen Karp (FIT) with Jeffrey Wallach and Michael Casey (FIT),
5:00 Main Stage – Cosplay Pageant
Cap off the day and enjoy the spectacle of cosplayers strutting their stuff across the main stage. All Cosplayers are welcome, but need to register for the pageant at the main information table.
Emceed by Lora Nicolas.
6:00 Show Ends