Emerald City Comic Con 2018

Emerald City Comic Con 2018: Nerd For A Living’s Adron Buske in Seattle

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Emerald City Comic Con 2018

Emerald City Comic Con 2018 Programming

Nerd For A Living’s Adron Buske returns to Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con — March 1st – 4th, 2018, at Washington State Convention Center.

This year, Emerald City has expanded to a 4-day show, jam-packed with incredible programming, celebrity guests, and one of fandom’s most robust and amazing Artist Alleys.

Adron will be leading three speaker panels during the show. Details for each are below.

Full programming information for Emerald City Comic Con is available on their site here.


Thursday Programming

Marketing Isn't Magic panel

Marketing (Isn’t) Magic: How to Promote Your Art (and Yourself) Without Selling Your Soul

Thursday, March 1st | 2:45 – 3:45pm | TCC L3 – Room 1

As a busy creator, marketing and promoting your work can be a daunting task. This accomplished group of professional artists, business owners & marketers will share valuable anecdotes & advice on how to build an audience for your art or small business – online and on-the-ground. Moderated by Adron Buske (Nerd For A Living podcast), panelists will provide tips for creating your brand, online and event promotion, managing your social media channels, crowd-funding (Kickstarter, Patreon, etc.), and more.

Speaker Panelists:
  • Rob Boffard – journalist and author, Outer Earth Trilogy
  • Jaimie Cordero – CEO, Espionage Cosmetics
  • Danielle Davis – Founder, LadyKiller Marketing
  • Jordan Ellis – Founder, Jordandené
  • Ashlie Hammond – Co-Founder, Monkey Minion Press
  • Fonda Lee – author, Jade City, Zeroboxer, Exo

View this panel on the Emerald City website.


Saturday Programming

10 Points to Slytherin

10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters

Saturday, March 3rd | 6:00 – 7:00pm | TCC L3 – Room 2

Get in touch with your Dark Side! Forget the boring heroes — fandom loves its villains. Loki, Harley Quinn, Darth Vader — with their fascinating backstories, dangerous aesthetics, and devil-may-care attitudes, it’s easy to see why many fans self-identify with the bad guys. But what does it say when you proudly claim allegiance to Slytherin House, the 501st, or Hydra? This panel — moderated by podcast host Adron Buske (Nerd For A Living) — will explore fan fascination with fictional antagonists.

Speaker Panelists:
  • David Accampo – comics writer, Lost Angels, The Margins, Sparrow & Crowe
  • Erica Harrell – TV & game writer, MTV’s Happyland, Telltale’s The Walking Dead; comic writer, DC Comics 2017 New Talent Showcase
  • Alex Marshall (aka Jesse Bullington) – author, The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, The Enterprise of Death
  • Annalee Newitz – founder, io9.com; author, Autonomous
  • Desirée Proctor – TV & game writer, MTV’s Happyland, Telltale’s The Walking Dead; comic writer, DC Comics 2017 New Talent Showcase

View this panel on the Emerald City website.


Sunday Programming

Emerald City 2018: How to be a Nerd for a Living panel

How to be a Nerd for a Living: Discovering Careers in Pop-Culture

Sunday, March 4th | Noon – 1:00pm | TCC L3 – Room 5

Do you want to build a career in the “nerdy” industry you love, but you aren’t sure where to begin? This panel of professional “Nerds for a Living” will share advice and insights into a variety of careers that exist within comics, gaming, animation, film, and more during this panel discussion. Learn how our guests got their start, and get advice on what it takes to create a path to the career you want.

Speaker Panelists:
  • Mike Collins – animation artist, She-Ra, The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show
  • Jaimie Cordero – CEO, Espionage Cosmetics
  • Jordan Ellis – Founder, Jordandené
  • Adam P. Knave – author, This Starry Deep; comics writer, The Once and Future Queen; editor, Popgun
  • Fonda Lee – author, Jade City, Zeroboxer, Exo

View this panel on the Emerald City website.


Speaker Bios

David Accampo

David Accampo

David Accampo is a writer and designer living in Portland, Oregon. He’s the the co-creator the comic book series Lost Angels (Comicker Press), Sparrow & Crowe (Habit Forming Fiction) and the upcoming graphic novel, The Margins (Fanbase Press). He also co-created and produced critically acclaimed audio drama, Wormwood: A Serialized Mystery. He’s an alumnus of the DC Talent Development Workshop with Scott Snyder, and his first DC work was recently featured in New Talent Showcase 2017.

Rob Boffard

Rob Boffard

Rob Boffard is a South African author who splits his time between London, Vancouver and Johannesburg. He has worked as a journalist for over a decade, and has written articles for publications in more than a dozen countries, including The Guardian and Wired in the UK. His work includes the Outer Earth trilogy.

Adron Buske

Adron Buske

Adron Buske has been a broadcast and digital media professional since 2001. He is the creative director and host of the Nerd For A Living family of podcasts and co-founder of Armadian Media. A frequent presenter at pop culture events and comic conventions around the country, Adron speaks about careers in genre entertainment and ways to power-up your personal and professional life using ideas from gaming and storytelling. During the course of his career, he has worn many creative hats, including: video director, graphic designer, web developer, fashion photographer, performing musician, corporate executive, gaming festival organizer, voice talent, and comic creator.

Mike Collins

Mike Collins

Once described by actor Nathan Fillion as has having “actual talent,” Mike Collins has spent the last 12 years working in television animation for such Cartoon Network shows as The Mis-adventures of Flapjack, The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Sym-Bionic Titan, Ben 10: Omniverse and Emmy-winning shows Class of 3000 and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. He was part of the award-winning production crew at 6 Point Harness on Tom Hanks’ web-series “Electric City.” Currently at DreamWorks TV, he was involved in the award-winning Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show for Netflix and is now working on the upcoming She-Ra reboot helmed by Lumberjanes creator Noelle Stevenson.

Jaimie Cordero

Jaimie Cordero

Jaimie Cordero is the CEO / Artistic Director of Espionage Cosmetics, an all nerd, woman-owned business based in Tacoma, Washington, creating make-up for nerds, by nerds. Founded in 2011, the company has seen enormous growth in the niche nerd market. Espionage Cosmetics has expanded from a living-room operation to a Tacoma-based studio space with 8 full-time employees, several part-timers and an army of interns. Bi-monthly product launches and fully produced ad campaigns pour out of the studio manned by a full-time wardrobe master/cosplay expert, an interns and conventions coordinator, and Jaimie. Her business card says Glitter Jedi.

Danielle Davis

Danielle Davis

Danielle is a transmedia marketer, publicist, producer and entrepreneur with a career spanning gaming, tech, pop culture, comics, music and Hollywood. With a special focus on marketing at comic-cons and gaming conventions, Danielle has represented and managed brands, games and Hollywood clients. Danielle founded Ladykiller in summer 2013 with the goal of designing and executing transmedia campaigns as well as producing live events to promote and represent a wide variety of brands and talent. She is the co-founder of I Heart Comic Art – which is dedicated to promoting and providing opportunities for Seattle indie comic artists as well as providing artist grants.

Jordan Ellis

Jordan Ellis

Jordan Ellis is the incredible force behind Jordandené, a geeky lifestyle brand based in Brooklyn. Jordandené sells all kind of subtly-nerdy products, from tees and tanks to mugs and phone cases. Their geek chic apparel and home goods are lettered by hand to create unique designs suited for everyday use. Jordandené also runs The Sartorial Geek, a quarterly magazine promoting nerd culture, girl power, and general good vibes.

Ashlie Hammond

Ashlie Hammond

Ashlie Hammond is a creative copywriter, crafter, and co-founder of Monkey Minion Press. She and co-founder Dane Ault are a married team living and working in Portland, OR. They believe that fun, accessible, geeky art might not change the world, but it couldn’t hurt. (And it might help.) They produce art prints, T-shirts, greeting cards, kids’ books, and much more.

Erica Harrell and Desirée Proctor

Erica Harrell & Desirée Proctor

Desirée Proctor & Erica Harrell have written for a variety of platforms from television (MTV’s Happyland), to digital series (Hulu’s Betch: A Sketch Show) and video games (Telltale’s The Walking Dead and Minecraft: Story Mode). The ladies are working on a forthcoming VR experience for Skydance Interactive and Skybound. After participating in the 2016 DC Comics Writers Workshop, DC published their first comic, Deadshot: Mercy, in the 2017 New Talent Showcase.

Adam P. Knave

Adam P. Knave

Adam P. Knave is an Eisner and Harvey award winning editor and writer who writes prose fiction (This Starry Deep, Stays Crunchy in Milk, Strange Angel), comics (The Once and Future Queen, Amelia Cole, Artful Daggers, stories in Titmouse Vol 2, Outlaw Territory Vol 3, and many more), as well as humor essay collections (NYCWTF, I Slept With Your Imaginary Friend) and used to write columns for sites such as thefoonote, TwoHeadedCat, Comics101, PopCultureShock, Three If By Space, and MamaPop. He worked as one of the editors of Image’s Popgun anthology, also editing many other works along the way.

Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee is the award-winning author of the YA science fiction novels Zeroboxer and Exo. Born and raised in Canada, Lee is a black belt martial artist, a former corporate strategist, and action movie aficionado who now lives in Portland, Oregon with her family. Jade City is her adult debut.

Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall is a pseudonym for Jesse Bullington, acclaimed author of several novels in different genres including The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart and The Enterprise of Death.He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz writes books of the nonfiction and fiction varieties. Her first novel, Autonomous, come out from Tor in September 2017. She is also the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday and Anchor), which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in science. She is currently working on another novel for Tor, as well as a nonfiction book for W.W. Norton about ancient abandoned cities. Annalee is the founding editor of io9, and was the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. She is currently an editor-at-large for Ars Technica, as well as a freelancer for magazines and newspapers.