Written by Mark Sorenson
We sat down with Comic and Sequential Art Instructor Philip Sevy who has recently returned from San Diego Comic Con. Phillip talks about his experience as a professional comic artist in San Diego and gives us details about the upcoming panels he will be hosting at Salt Lake City’s Comic Con.
This is my twelfth year going to San Diego. My first six or seven were as a fan and the last five were as a professional.
San Diego is both the best and worst con. It’s the best because all the major and minor publishers are there. Editors come out, creative talent is there, so it’s the best place to network with people.
It’s the worst because it’s so big and so busy that not as many people have as much time. People are exhausted and burnt out. The con typically runs from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. But then people are out until three in the morning meeting with friends and other workers in the industry. It’s exhausting but important to attend because there is no one location for publishers and San Diego is where a lot of contacts are made.
I try to make the most of my time by sending out a handful of emails ahead of the convention to set up meetings with editors and publishers. If I can’t set up a meeting through email, I’ll usually try to find them on the first day and set up a time to talk for later in the week. But time is short and you have to act fast.
Salt Lake Comic Con is great. It’s not as crazy as San Diego which allows creatives to talk to the fans and mingle a little bit more. I love talking to the fans and people looking to get into the industry. Last year I did a panel with Garrick Dean (BEAU’s comic and sequential art program chair) and we were told after that it was the most well-attended panel of the event. I’ll be doing three more this year.
The Salt Lake Comic Con is being held September 4 – 6 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The Salt Palace Convention Center is located at 100 SW Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
The panels Phillip will be participating in are listed below.
Comics School 101: Storytelling and Writing for Comic Books
Thursday, September 4 at 6 p.m. Room 150D
Storytelling is the most important skill a comic artist can have. From inspiration to structure and formatting, these experienced writers and artists will cover what you need to get started. This is a must-attend for aspiring comic writers and artists.
Comics School 101: Anatomy and Perspective
Friday, September 5 at 8 p.m. Room 150D
Take your comics skills to the next level! Good anatomy and perspective skills can transform a simple line drawing into a dynamic work of art!
Comics School 101: Breaking In and Staying In
Saturday, September 6 at 6 p.m. Room 150D
Anyone can write a comic, but not everyone can be successful at it. Learn from the pros the best way to create and market a comic that people will be dying to read!
If you’re looking to break into the industry or are just curious, stop in on the panels.