Everyone in attendance at the Denver Comic Con 2012 seemed to know that something very special had been catalyzed.
Word spread quickly and by 2013, it had doubled in size.
I (Chris) was honored to support DCC this year by sitting on several panel discussions and hosting a prime-time interview with Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel who recently became one of Colorado’s own.
Click through to watch the Doug TenNapel panel AND the “Future Of Comics” panel that I had to improvise all by myself in front of a room of about fifty people! (Neither the panelists nor the moderator showed up!)
The Future Of Comics:
On Sunday morning I showed up a little early and took my seat as a panelist for a presentation called “The Future Of Comics.”
Ten minutes past starting time, none of the other panelists nor the moderator had arrived.
I decided to improvise and started taking questions from the audience…
None of the other presenters ever showed up but the audience and I had a great time!
I have the thousands of passionate, articulate Wingerz and my eloquent Paper Wings co-host Lora Innes to thank for the confidence that kept me from freaking out.
If you’re interesting in seeing me working without a net, play the video below…
Topics Covered In My Improvised Talk On The Future Of Comics:
- How to find your audience.
- Why I love webcomics creators.
- Relationships with your fans are just as important as the quality of your work.
- How to make any ”dream project” happen (kind of…).
- How to start a project that won’t kill you.
- The ideal digital comics platform.
- How to deal with the overwhelm of starting a webcomic.
Narr8: Motion Comics iPad App
Comixology: iPad Digital Comics Reader
Interview With Doug TenNapel:
In the fall of 2009, Doug TenNapel wrote me and told me he liked my podcast.
I nearly soiled myself.
As a teenager, I was a huge fan of the hilarious game he created (originally for the Sega Genesis) called Earthworm Jim. In my early 20′s I read his book Creature Tech and really related with it’s strange blend of weirdness and the transcendental.
Doug and I set up a lunch and I told him about how I had started pitching some TV show and web series ideas around and I was already getting tired of the ‘around’ part. (It’s more like “round-and-round”)
Doug challenged me to stop pitching and just start making one Graphic Novel a year.
I tried my hand at a webcomic but with two podcasts and my then-full-time job at Disney, I couldn’t pull it off.
But Doug’s passion for DIY was contagious nonetheless.
The DIY passion I caught from him helped to fuel the fire required to create The Oatley Academy Of Concept Art & Illustration.
…and just in case you’re wondering, I hope to return to comiking as early as summer 2014. But we’ll see how it goes…
In The Interview With Doug TenNapel:
- The birth of ‘Earthworm Jim.’
- The (temporary?) death of ‘Earthworm Jim.’
- When Hollywood tries to ruin your story…
- Why comics?
Check out the Kickstarter campaign for ‘Armikrog’ – Doug’s new Claymation Video Game!
Read the momentous Ain’t It Cool News Review of Creature Tech
Let me know what you think about all this craziness…
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