Spotlight panels are often a great feature of a convention’s programming in that they offer special guests with the opportunities to highlight their work, but also to give audience members and fans a Q&A session. Over the weekend, Long Beach Comic Con had a handful of spotlight panels for celebrities and guests such as William Shatner, Dave Gibbons, and Howard Chaykin.

Editor Barbara Randall Kesel led back-to-back valuable instructional panels Saturday afternoon, September 2, 2017, at the Long Beach Comic Con. Her first panel, “Pitch, Pitch, Pitch: How to Sell Your Story,” provided advice to writers who are trying to sell their stories, but what about artists who are looking to develop a portfolio to showcase their art to prospective editors? Not to worry; Kesel was joined by Eisner Award-winning artist Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man) and freelance Photoshop production artist John Ercek (Executive Assistant Assassins series from Aspen Comics) to share their knowledge and answer questions from the audience in the follow-up panel, “Creating the Perfect Portfolio.”

Sigh. Dear readers,

It is with a heavy heart that I bring you this week's Wonder Woman Wednesday column.  I lost my Wonder Woman last week.

If you’re reading this review to try to decide whether or not to read Mark Millar’s original Kingsman: The Secret Service comic, chances are it’s because (much like me) you’ve seen and loved the movie. This means your main question will likely be, “How does the comic compare to the movie?” And the answer is… pretty well.

The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of Batman: The Animated Series. Nostalgic, humorous, and even a little educational, each episode promises to lend some insight into the heroes, villains, and classic stories of the Dark Knight!

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 107 - The Ultimate Thrill

The first weekend of September is the last vestiges of summer, as children begin to transition back to school and the final BBQs are had on Labor Day. It’s also when the first signs of Halloween begin to pop up, as large sacks of candy and Halloween decorations begin to gain more real estate at grocery and department stores. It’s never too early to start mulling over the spookier things in life.

“Include your contact information on every page” was immediately the first advice that editor Barbara Randall Kesel gave the audience that was in attendance for the Long Beach Comic Con panel, “Pitch, Pitch, Pitch: How to Sell Your Story” on Saturday afternoon, September 2, 2017.

In 2014, The Evil Within video game was released to gamers who didn’t know what to expect. Touted as one of the scariest games since Silent Hill and the original Resident Evil games, The Evil Within shattered the horror barriers with an acid trip-like journey through a mind-bending world filled with creatures that created more than their fair share of nightmares. With the highly anticipated upcoming release of The Evil Within 2 on October 13, 2017, a comic series has never been better timed. But, with this, The Evil Within: The Interlude #1 (Titan Comics) has its work cut out for it to try to stand up to one of the best video games in years.

One of the hardest things to do when you are a creative person is to sell your own work, especially when our society is stuck on this notion that all artists/writers/creators must starve and suffer for their art.  Well, Russell Nohelty is here to tell you that it’s a load of crap in Sell Your Soul: How to Build Your Creative Career, and I agree with him. Luckily, he’s also written a handy-dandy guide to walk you through the emotional and practical aspects of selling your work.

It’s here!  The day has finally arrived!  Sure, it’s the first day of September, and who the heck knows where the rest of the year went so quickly, but it’s also…

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