Where else can you see President Business on stilts with Bad Cop by his side along with an impressive array of green arrows, unicorns, goblin kings, 6’6’’ Groots, and just about every other TV, movie, or comic book character you can name? The answer? This year’s Salt Lake City Comic Convention held downtown in the Salt Palace.
Being an artistic campus that includes a program dedicated to comic book and sequential art, we had to join in on the fun and represent the programs we have to offer. Several BEAU artists and faculty members participated in the unique madness that is Comic Con. Along with an official BEAU booth, students, instructors and alumni set up vendor booths at the convention to show off and sell their artwork.
Phillip Sevy, an instructor at BEAU, coordinated a three-panel series for the convention called Comic Books 101. Information discussed at these panels included storytelling and writing, anatomy and perspective, and breaking in and staying in the comic book business. Panelists included Phillip Sevy, Garrick Dean, Doug Wagner, Tom Lyle, Bill Galvan, Blake Casselman, Mitch Breitwieser and Elizabeth Breitweiser. These panels were extremely well received. After one panel, an attendee went to the BEAU booth and said, “I saw your panel last night and that is what I want to do. How do I sign up?” Another attendee sent an email to Garrick Dean expressing their thanks for the information shared and how they will use this information in the future.
It’s exciting to be part of a school that can help connect people to their passions and learn how to use those skills in the real world. We hope that next year’s comic con is even more fun and successful. We hope to see all of you there.