Hello, dear readers. By now you might have already heard that the GoComics / Universal Uclick / Andrews McMeel team is heading to New York Comic Con. What you might not have known is all the exciting things that will be taking part.
In addition to signings by creators like Ruben Bolling (Tom The Dancing Bug), Brooke McEldowney (9 Chickweed Lane, Pibgorn), Rob Harrell (Adam@Home) and Matthew "The Oatmeal" Inman, we'll be doing something new this year. On Friday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at noon, we'll be hosting live portfolio review sessions in which cartoonists and aspiring cartoonists can present their work for immediate feedback from syndicate editors and professionals, including myself and Comics Sherpa pointman David Stanford.
How do I take part, you ask? Simple: assuming you're already in compliance with all NYCC admission rules and guideline, all you have to do is show up with a selection of your work. Here's a few W's and a more detailed H:
Who: Hosted by Universal Uclick/GoComics. Open to any cartoonist or sequential artist attending NYCC.
Where: The GoComics/Andrews McMeel Publishing Booth (#2219) at NYCC (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in west Manhattan).
When: Fri., Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Sun., Oct. 13 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET (Limited to students and younger artists)
How: Visit the Universal Uclick/Andrews McMeel Publishing booth (#2219) with samples of your work during the aforementioned times. The reviewer will evaluate your material, ask questions and provide feedback. Review sessions will last an average of 5 minutes. Please note: the review sessions are quick, on-the-spot surveys designed to provide artists and aspiring cartoonists with helpful feedback and pointers. They are not comprehensive or intended as official indicators of industry success.
Wait... didn't you say something about "more"? What are we talking, a contest? giveaway? interactive drawing activity? Indeed I did. GoComics is introducing a brand-new interactive drawing activity at NYCC: the first annual Fortune Cookie Comics Challenge.
Kicking off during the first Portfolio Review Session at the GoComics booth (#2219), participants will receive a fortune cookie with instructions for creating an illustration inspired by the fortune. The Fortune Cookie Comics Challenge kits will first be provided to all portfolio review participants and then made available to all NYCC attendees — while supplies last. A gallery of selected illustrations will be featured on the GoComics blog later this month.
Meanwhile, if you have any other questions, just leave them in the comments and I'll make sure to respond before Friday. And if you can't make it in person this time, be sure to follow along.