As you may know, the GoComics headquarters is located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., and we’re thrilled to exhibit at our hometown Planet Comicon (PCC), taking place at Kansas City’s Bartle Hall from March 14-16!
Pairing up with our sister company and partner-in-crime, Andrews McMeel Publishing, we’re bringing PCC attendees daily giveaways, creator interactions, comic book collections, "Star Trek" calendars and more!
Located at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Booth (#1325), we’re giving away some awesome swag, including first and last Calvin and Hobbes archive-quality comic prints and special Dilbert 25th anniversary memorabilia, as well as hosting scheduled one-hour signing sessions from talented creators such as Bill Amend (FoxTrot) and Charlie Podrebarac (CowTown, FatCats)!
We’re also excited to announce that our Universal Uclick/GoComics associates and creators will be participating in two thought-provoking panel discussions during PCC! Panel times are as follows:
- The Last Ride of Lee Salem, Editor of Calvin and Hobbes: Moderated by Universal Uclick/GoComics Director of Marketing Gene Willis and featuring Universal Uclick President Emeritus Lee Salem, this 50-minute panel will function as a conversation and Q&A session with the syndicate executive who signed Calvin and Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, The Far Side, Cathy, FoxTrot, The Boondocks and dozens of others. An industry icon, Salem has a wealth of experience and stories that any comics enthusiast will find enlightening. Joining Salem and Willis are Universal Uclick/GoComics editor Lucas Wetzel and FoxTrot cartoonist Bill Amend.
- How to Market Comic Strips Today: In previous decades, comic strips were the delicious and funny center of a reader’s daily dose of communication, placed in the middle of their newspapers and hearts. While newspapers are no longer the main veins for mass communication, comic strips/panels and their new-generation siblings webcomics have enjoyed a strong renaissance in pop culture. This panel will share the wide experiences of print, syndicated and web cartoonists alike. From viral marketing, presences at events such as San Diego Comic-Con, social media outreach, tours and more, we’ll hear from some of the engaging storytellers who are creating today, including Universal Uclick/GoComics associates and creators, such as Kansas City’s own Charlie Podrebarac (CowTown, FatCats).
- Breaking into Comics: How do you become a professional comic book or comic strip creator? Join a panel of editors who specialize in spotting new talent, including Universal Uclick Acquisitions Editor Shena Wolf.
Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Signing and Panel Schedule
All creator signings will occur at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Booth (#1325). Exclusive PCC 2014 prints will be provided for free at all creator signings. Seating for panel discussions is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Panel locations are listed below.
Friday, March 14
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Eric Scott (Back in the Day)
Saturday, March 15
11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Bill Amend (FoxTrot)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m.: (PANEL) The Last Ride of Lee Salem, Editor of Calvin and Hobbes (Room 2502)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m.: (PANEL) Breaking into Comics (Room 2504)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Marc Shank (Scurvyville)
Sunday, March 16
1:00 – 1:50 p.m.: (PANEL) How to Market Comic Strips Today (Room 2502)
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Eric Scott (Back in the Day)
We love meeting our fans! If you’re attending, be sure to stop by and say hi!