Nerd For A Living returns to San Diego Comic Con this July 19th to 23rd, 2017! We will again be exhibiting on the SDCC exhibition floor at Booth #2103, with our friends in Dial R Studios.
We will also be presenting two panels at SDCC, featuring some amazing guest speakers! And we’ll be hosting creator guest signings at our booth. All the info is below.
The Animated Life: A Peek Behind the Cels
Friday, July 21st | 1:00 – 2:00pm | Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Public Library
From the sacred Saturday morning rituals of yesteryear, to today’s storytelling masterpieces, cartoons and animation bring our imaginations to life. The animation industry is full of vibrant professionals working together across creative disciplines to tell exciting stories that we will cherish for years. Animation Invasion podcast host Adron Buske talks with a of group of animation pros about their jobs, the collaborative process, and the joys and challenges of the animation industry.
Featured guest speakers include digital artist Mike Collins (The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, Adventure Time), illustrator and character designer Andrea Fernandez (co-founder, Alkemy Studios), animator & storyboard artist Marie Lum (Cartoon Network, Craig of the Creek), Shadi Petosky (showrunner – Danger & Eggs), and writer Rachel Vine (Rainbow Brite, Ducktales).
10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters
Saturday, July 22nd | 8:30 – 9:30pm | Room 26AB
It’s time to get in touch with your Dark Side! Forget those boring heroes – fandom loves our striking and iconic 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 about you when you proudly claim allegiance to Slytherin House, the 501st Legion, or the Agents of Hydra?
This interactive panel will explore fan fascination with fictional antagonists, with TV writer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica), New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Zanetti (Blood Brothers series, The Dark Protectors series), writer & producer Christine Boylan (Once Upon a Time, Castle), author Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), comics writer Erica Schultz (Charmed, Swords of Sorrow), and writer & editor Kendall Ashley (Nerdist, Geek & Sundry). Moderated by podcast host Adron Buske (Nerd For A Living, Fictitious).
Signings at Booth #2103
Mike Collins – Friday 3:30-5:30pm
Animation artist Mike Collins (Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show; Ben 10: Omniverse; Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) will be signing at the Nerd For A Living booth (#2103) on Friday from 3:30pm-5:30pm.
Erica Schultz – Saturday 10:00am-Noon
Comics writer and graduate of the DC Talent Development workshop Erica Schultz (Charmed, Swords of Sorrow, M3) will be signing at the Nerd For A Living booth (#2103) on Saturday from 10:00am to noon.
Booth Location for #2103
Nerd For A Living will be exhibiting at SDCC in the “IP Pavilion” section at booth #2103. You’ll find us with our friends Dial R Studios. Our table is located just inside two of the main convention hall entrances. We’re directly in front of the big DC Entertainment booth, so if you spot the DC signage, we’re right nearby! You can view the full convention floor map on the SDCC website here. [PDF]
Panel Speaker Bios
Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing at tomiadeyemi.com. Children of Blood and Bone is her debut novel.
Kendall is a writer and editor from Colorado. She’s written for sites including Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, The Mary Sue, and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. She’s a proud Slytherin and Horned Serpent (though she is admittedly not quite sure what to think of Ilvermorny houses just yet). She is also obsessed with her seven-pound chiweenie, Chaucer.
Christine “Kit” Boylan’s has worked on the television shows Leverage, Off The Map, Castle, Once Upon A Time, and Constantine, and recently completed the Writers Guild of America’s Showrunner Training Program. She is currently a Co-Executive Producer on two upcoming Marvel shows. Boylan has also written comic books for DC, Marvel, Boom, Tokyopop and NBC. Her first short film, Come Fly With Me, premiered at the 2014 Austin Film Festival. Her second short film, Hoss, was completed in 2015 as part of the American Film Institute’s esteemed Directing Workshop for Women.
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 on a top-secret yet-to-be-announced project.
Jane Espenson is a television writer best known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica and Once Upon a Time. She has also written episodes of Dinosaurs, Ellen, Angel, Firefly, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Torchwood: Miracle Day, and Game of Thrones, among other series. Jane also writes comic books, short stories, and has edited several books of essays.
A tenacious and imaginative leader, Andrea loves to develop new intellectual properties and build vibrant, complex worlds that are populated with characters that feel real and relatable — and look as different from each other as real kids do. In her work as an art director, character designer, and visual artist, she has developed multiple innovative properties that have enjoyed commercial and critical success. Her work as Creative Director for Goldie Blox earned three Toy of the Year nominations and a Best App of 2014 commendation. She is currently Art Directing Lego’s/WB Animation Unikitty series, airing this year on Cartoon Network.
“Hi, I’m Marie Lum! I am a Los Angeles-based story artist and animator currently working at Cartoon Network. I’ve also done work places such as Dreamworks TV, Studio Yotta, and Mattel.”
You can find Marie at SDCC at Small Press table #1730.
Erica Schultz is a writer, editor, and letterer known for her work on Dynamite Comics’ series, Charmed and Swords of Sorrow, along with her creator owned series, M3, with Vicente Alcázar. She’s written for DC/Vertigo, Marvel Comics, and a wide range of publishers throughout her career.
Rachel Vine is a Los Angeles-based film and TV writer who has worked on 15 animated series. Her most recent writing credits include Rainbow Brite, Wander Over Yonder, Duck Tales, Doc McStuffins, and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, among others.
Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat… and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off… and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.
Adron is the host and creative director for the Nerd For A Living family of podcasts, including Fictitious, Animation Invasion, and the titular flagship show. A digital media veteran since 2001, he also spent 11 years working in the radio industry as a multimedia creative director. Adron is a frequent presenter at pop culture conventions and comic cons around the country, speaking about careers in genre entertainment and ways to power-up your personal and professional life using ideas from gaming and storytelling.