SDCC: I’m going to Comic Con!

6 07 2012

It’s that time of year again! For the third year in a row, my wife and I will be attending the San Diego Comic Con! It’s the biggest geek event of the year, and I can’t wait. It’s Disneyland for nerds!

Comic Con has, for good or for bad, become about much more than Comic Books. Every major entertainment industry has a presence there. Movie studios and television networks have come to realize that geeks are the “tastemakers” for entertainment, and their acceptance can make or break a project. San Diego has become the event where Hollywood panders directly to nerds.

Fortunately, the organizers of Comic Con haven’t completely forgotten about comics as an art form, and recognize the potential of comics as a tool for educating. Here are some of the panels that might be of interest to teachers, librarians, and educators:

  • Books and Hollywood: Literary Franchises in Television and Film
  • Comic-Con How-To: Creating a Character-Driven Story
  • Comics Arts Conference Session #3: Teaching with Comics
  • Character Design in Entertainment: From Script to Sculp
  • Perspective for Illustration: Inventing Backgrounds and Harmonizing the Figures to the Environment
  • Bringing Comics to Life in the Library
  • Figure Drawing for Popular Media
  • The Character of Music
  • The Science of Science Fiction: Canon Fodder

These are just a few of the panels I found for Thursday. I’m afraid to even look at Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Not to mention the numerous opportunities to meet known authors, artists, actors, directors, and other creative people at booths and signings.

Comic Con is really what you decide to make of it. If you want to spend all of your time in line waiting to get into the Joss Whedon or Kevin Smith panel, you can. If you are there hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the actors from Twilight or The Big Bang Theory, that can happen, also. If you want to meet comics creators, game designers, authors, and the like, they are all over the place. And as much as I geek out on all of that stuff, I try to take in a couple panels where I actually learn something. Hopefully, it’s something I can take back to the classroom and use to connect with students and make their learning relevant and fun!

Stay tuned for more Comic Con related posts over the next week or so!

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