The Asian American ComiCon (AACC)


Saturday, July 11, 2009, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Please visit www.aacomicon.com for the latest information!

 

As artists, editors, writers and fans, Asian Americans have been a key creative force behind the graphical storytelling movement. That's why some of the industry's leading Asian American creators have collaborated to organize this celebration of the unique contemporary role and historical legacy of Asians in the world of comics and cartoon art.

 

The event will bring together leading Asian and Asian American creators, fans and readers of mainstream and alternative graphic fiction, and the larger Asian American community for a one-of-a-kind gathering, incorporating education, dialogue, spontaneous creativity, intergenerational outreach and the chance for established and emerging talent to show off their work.
 

PROGRAM:
Unlike most comic cons, AACC is designed as a full-day experience, giving you the chance to listen to, learn from and engage with top creators in both casual and structured settings. In fact, you might want to think of the "Con" in Asian American ComiCon as representing not "convention," but "conference"—or even "conversation."

 

The day's program includes both free-form opportunities to interact with artists, writers and fans (the Artists Alley, signing sessions and "meet &greets"), dynamic panels, workshops and one-on-one interviews, and a special keynote and award presentation honoring comics superstar and G.I. Joe mythology creator Larry Hama.

 

Featured Guests:
• Fred Chao (writer/artist, JOHNNY HIRO)
• Bernard Chang (artist, WONDER WOMAN)
• Cliff Chiang (artist, GREEN ARROW)
• Sean Chen (artist, IRON MAN)
• Larry Hama (writer, GI JOE)
• Derek Kirk Kim (creator, SAME DIFFERENCE)
• Greg Pak (writer, INCREDIBLE HULK)
• Khoi Pham (artist, MIGHTY AVENGERS)
• Christine Norrie (artist, BREAKING UP)
• Christine Strain (colorist, Marvel Comics)
• Tak Toyoshima (writer/artist, SECRET ASIAN MAN)

Schedule of Events


The AACC will feature three separate workshop tracks:

Track One: Reading Comics
How do we read comic books today? This track answers this question by putting comic book artists at the same table with novelists, professors and industry professionals. A mash-up of fan convention, Asian American studies conference and literary festival, this one-of-a-kind series of panels and readings confronts pressing issues, such as the globalization of pop

Track Two: Making Comics
This track focuses on comics as an industry—looking at the different categories of the comics world, from alt-comics and literary graphic fiction to mainstream superhero books and syndicated strips, and the creative professionals that make them possible. Featured workshops will include "master classes" by leading creators; explorations of the business side of comics; and other sessions highlighting comics as a profession, a discipline, an art form and a commercial landscape.

• Track Three: Spotlight Sessions
In this track top comics creators paired with interesting counterparts (outside of comics) for one-on-one discussions covering craft, inspirations and influences, shared themes and future collaborations.

 

ARTISTS ALLEY:
Participating Artists Include...
• Jeremy Arambulo
• Jerry Ma
• Sarah Sapang
• Alex Tarampi
• Tak Toyoshima
• MORE TO COME...

 

TICKET INFORMATiON
• VIP Pass: $75
• Adult: $25
• MOCA or AAWW Member: $15
• Student (age 11 to 18) and Senior (65 and over): $15
• Child (age 10 and under): Free with Adult

 

The tax-deductible VIP Pass not only helps to support MOCA, it also guarantees the richest possible experience at this event!

Each VIP Pass includes:

Priority reserved seating at all panels and workshops

One Original Sketch drawn by an artist from the AACC Artists Alley—artist availability based on  first-come, first-serve basis

One classic Asian American graphic novel, signed by its creators—choose from: SECRET IDENTITIES: THE ASIAN AMERICAN ANTHOLOGY by JEFF YANG, PARRY SHEN, KEITH CHOW and JERRY MA; SAME DIFFERENCE AND OTHER STORIES by DEREK KIRK KIM; JOHNNY HIRO by FRED CHAO

Admission to the invitation-only post-Con VIP Reception

 

Click here for detailed schedule and online registration, or please complete and submit the registration form to education@mocanyc.org.

 

 

Co-Presented by:
Secret Identities Universe Media

Asian American Writers' Workshop

Asian Cinevision

AsianAmericanComics.com

NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute

Diamond Comics Distributors

 

 

For general inquiries, please contact education@mocanyc.org

For press inquiries, please contact media@aacomicon.com

 

 

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