Come and browse thousands of books and collectibles, stop and chat with professional comic book creators and game designers then stay and participate in informative panels about all aspects of being a creative professional!
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion
The Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion serves as a great place for new and old fans alike to enter (or re-enter) the wonderful medium of comics and sequential art! Workshops and author talks programmed by ArtWay Alliance. Click here to read a special letter from Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen A. Geppi.
Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, in front of the Maryland Science Center
Friday, September 23
Drawing Characters With S.T.E.A.M.
Within the theme of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math attendees can learn how to design a character based on one or all of the elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their design. Character design is the art of creating a character for use in books, comics, video games, television, movies and other fictional mediums. Designers outline everything about the character they envision from appearance and strengths to personality and weaknesses. Hosted by Darren Soto
Creativity in Comics
From concept to completion this workshop is a steps by step process in making comic books. From coming up with ideas, to scripting, penciling, inking, colors, and lettering/ design. There are many steps in making a comic book, and in this class students will learn: How to focus ideas into a single concept for a story and much more. Local Comic Writer/ Creator Keir Lyles will also discuss his own process, and help students flesh out some ideas. Hosted by Keir Lyles of Apocrypha Comics
Saturday, September 24
Pop Culture Parade: Presented by Geppi's Entertainment Museum
Superheroes, storybook characters, pets from MDSPCA, BmoreFit Dancewalkers, The Baltimore Twilighters Marching Band, special guests and more dress up in costume and march down the Inner Harbor promenade, starting at The Rusty Scupper traveling down to the USS Constellation Pier. Bring your pet! Festival-goers are encouraged to dress up with their furry friends in costume and be part of the fun.
Publishing Your Own Comics
Publishing your own comics will be a discussion about what you don't know you need to know and how to figure it out. Hosted by 2016 Harvey Awards Nominee Enrica Jang of Red Stylo Media.
Glen Weldon, “The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture”
In “The Caped Crusade,” with humor and insight, Glen Weldon, book critic for NPR and author of “Superman: The Unauthorized Biography,” lays out Batman’s seventy-eight-year cultural history and shows how he has helped make us who we are today and why his legacy remains so strong.
Be Your Own Superhero
We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own super-hero look! Hosted by Charles Sellner of Visionary Comics
The Pain and Joy of Writing Comics
The mystery of writing comics FINALLY revealed! A lot of great ideas start with the written word, and the visual world of COMIC BOOKS is no different. Join our panel of talented scribes as they discuss their craft, answer your burning questions, and explain the method behind the madness. Hosted by DISTRICT COMICS' Troy-Jeffrey Allen.
Sunday, September 25
The Art of Drawing Chibi
Chibi is a style formed from Japanese anime and manga, the word itself means "small child". This is fitting for a style that exaggerates features like head size and shape, height, and eye size. In this class students will learn to transform a character into a Chibi! We will explore different styles of Chibi as well as pinpointing key features to capture the identity and attitude of a character. Hosted by Dennis Johnson
Charles Hildebrandt- Museum of Science Fiction Washington DC.
Charles Hildebrandt is currently curating an exhibit of his father’s original artwork at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. He is the son of Tim Hildebrandt, who along with his brother Greg, formed a legendary artistic team that not only created famous art for the J.R.R. Tolkien calendars in the 70’s but also created the Iconic first Star Wars poster. Charles is also Production Council for the new upcoming Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC. He will be talking about life growing up in the Hildebrandt family while touching on keystones of science Fiction and fantasy including Star Wars, Babylon 5, and plans for next year’s opening of the upcoming Museum of Science Fiction.
Writing for Comic Books
Writing comics whether it's superheroes or regular folks, learn how to write a comic from start to finish. Including script format, writing dialogue, and plotting your stories. Hosted by Jordan Clark
The Art of Hero Building
Hang out in the comic book tent and let's build our own superheroes from our imaginations and the world around us. So bring your thinking caps and creativity and let’s see what we can conjure up together. Hosted by Kofi Jamal Simmons
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