Cascadia Con is pleased to announce our Focus on Comics with Spawns of Insomnia 2 and Comic Biography Theatre

Cascadia Con, has planned a special focus on Comics. For this years event we will have over 40 hours of paneling specifically devoted to art and also at least 12 of those are specifically focused on comics. That may not sound like much but that is in addition to two very special programs that add over 600 hours of cartooning taking place right there on site.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 21, 2005 -- Cascadia Con is pleased to announce our Focus on Comics Programming.

Cascadia Con, the North American Science Fiction convention which is being hosted by the Pacific Northwest this year has planned a special focus on Comics. For this years event we will not only have over 40 hours of paneling specifically devoted to art but also at least 12 of those are specifically focused on comics. That may not sound like much but that is in addition to two very special programs that add over 600 hours of cartooning taking place right there on site.

Everyone has at least one great story. A true event from their lives that is so strange, funny, tragic, or heartwarming that it begs to be told. Comic Biography Theatre is devoted to telling those tales as comic book stories.

Comic Biography Theatre artists will be working two at a time in four-hour shifts. We’ll have two shifts a day. So in any given day we should have no more than four artists. Because they’re only working four hours a day—these artists will be available the rest of the day to take part in panels.

Please submit the text of your story in the body of an e-mail rather than an attachment. Send to CBT Editor John Lustig at e-mail protected from spam bots. All stories become the property of Comic Biography Theatre. http://www.cascadiacon.org/ComicBio.htm

Spawns of Insomnia 2005
TALES OF TOMORROW in 24 hours today
Isn’t that a fantastic title? I think so, and you can thank John Lustig for the words. It’s nice to have a writer around, eh? I get excited just reading that! Can you just see it? 24 artists creating 24 individual comics in 24 hours!

Spawns takes place each day for a full 24 hours. Artists will be working in groups of six—with only one group scheduled per day. So every day there will be a different group of artists. Because the artists are going to be working for a full 24 hours, they’re going to be exhausted and will probably need at least a full day to recover before taking part in any other convention activity.
http://www.cascadiacon.org/Spawns.htm

Cascadia Con is the 8th North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) in 30 years. A NASFiC is only held when the Worldcon for that year is outside of North America. In 2005 the Worldcon will be in Scotland and Seattle will host the NASFiC. Cascadia Con will be host to a variety of professional writers, artists, scientists, teachers, futurists and musicians as well as Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Anime aficionados. Cascadia Con is a 100% volunteer run organization and a fully qualified 501c3 company.

For more information on this 5 day, 24 hour a day event, please visit: http://www.cascadiacon.org

The following is a list of some of the comic artists attending Cascadia Con who are currently scheduled to take part in either Spawns of Insomnia http://www.cascadiacon.org/Spawns.htm or Comic Biography Theatre. http://www.cascadiacon.org/ComicBio.htm

Scott Alan, Ryan Anderson, John Aquino, Nyein Aung, Ron Austin, Georgia & Scott Ball, Kevin Boze, Kevin Brockschmidt, , Allen Freeman, Stasia Kato, Dawn Kravagna, Larry Lewis, Dan McConnell, Liriel McMahon, Kat McNiel, Mark Monlux, Bill Morse, Rich Werner, Edi Zanidache.

Comic Biography Theatre (if they’re doing Spawns as well then their names are underlined): Scott Ball, Georgia Ball, Anton Bogaty, Kevin Boze, Kevin Brockschmidt, James Greer, Roberta Gregory, Rick Hoberg, Stasia Kato, Larry Lewis, Liriel McMahon, Elizabeth Pankey, James Dean Smith,

A combined list of artists from Spawns & CBT: Scott Alan, Ryan Anderson, John Aquino, Nyein Aung, Ron Austin, Georgia & Scott Ball, Anton Bogaty, Kevin Boze, Kevin Brockschmidt, Allen Freeman, James Greer, Roberta Gregory, Rick Hoberg, Stasia Kato, Dawn Kravagna, Larry Lewis, Dan McConnell, Liriel McMahon, Kat McNiel, Mark Monlux, Bill Morse, Elizabeth Pankey, James Dean Smith, Rich Werner, Edi Zanidache.

Artists/creators of particular note:
Georgia & Scott Ball—excellent artists (Georgia’s also a writer) who’ve done lots of animation (Cartoon Network) and currently do a very nice web comic strip (www.ScooterAndFerret.com) which is often about the animation industry. They’re signed up to do both Spawns and CBT.

Anton Bogaty—Is an exceptionally talented illustrator, animator, and small press comic book creator. Really beautiful stuff. He’ll be taking part in CBT, but not Spawns.

Kevin Boze—Has a very simple, raw style, and he’s one of the best storytellers I’ve come across in comics. He also does a web strip about gaming at: http://www.shadowraven.org/ravenframe.php He’s scheduled to take part in both Spawns and CBT.

Kevin Brockschmidt—Has worked for Nintendo, Wizards of the Coast ,Starlog ,Reader’s Digest and King Features Syndicate . His specialty is humorous illustration. http://www.kevscartoons.com/ He’s scheduled to take part in both Spawns and CBT.

Tom Christopher—Tom is tentatively scheduled to take part in Spawns—time permitting. He’s been working as an inker (an artist who inks another artist’s pencil drawings) in the comic book business for decades. He’s tentatively scheduled to take part in Spawns, but not CBT.

Phil Foglio—Phil isn’t taking part in either Spawns or CBT this time, but he has a booth at Cascadia Con and is available for panels. Besides his work in science fiction, Phil is a major comic book creator. (I’m assuming I don’t really need to detail his credits here.) Also on hand will be his wife Kaja who collaborates with Phil on their SF/fantasy comic GIRL GENIUS. http://www.studiofoglio.com/

Allen Freeman—has done quite a bit of inking and coloring in the comic book business. He’s also the publisher of a series of SlamBang comic book anthologies and is starting up a small company to publish a variety of comic books and graphic novels. He’s taking part in Spawns, but not CBT.

Roberta Gregory—Roberta is one of the best-known and talented women in the comic book business. Her NAUGHTY BITS comic book made TIME MAGAZINE’s list of top 10 comics. The series was also adapted into an animated TV series on the Oxygen Network. She was also the first woman to self-publish her own comic. http://www.robertagregory.com/ Robert’s doing CBT, but not Spawns.

Rick Hoberg—Is one of the most talented and diverse artists in comic books and animation. Over the decades, he’s worked on dozens of superhero and science fiction comics and cartoons. He’s worked for Marvel, DC Comics, Disney and George Lucas. He’ll be doing CBT, but not Spawns. He’ll only be available for one day (exact day to be decided)—from about 11 a.m. on. Since his CBT shift will start in the afternoon., he’ll only be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day to take part in panels.

Larry Lewis—Not a big name, but he’s a fine artist who has done lots of mini-comics and is considered the undisputed NW champ at that art form. http://www.geocities.com/larrylewiscomics/Larry has taken part in many local science fiction conventions. Larry will be participating in both Spawns and CBT.

Dan McConnell—he used to draw for Marvel years ago. His claim to fame: he drew the world’s smallest Spider-Man comic book. Dan will probably only be taking part in Spawns.

Liriel McMahon—Liriel writes and draws BadBlood--a beautiful and very original web strip about vampires in Seattle. Www.badbloodcomic.com She’s also very active in the web comics community. She’ll be taking part in both Spawns and CBT.

Mark Monlux—Mark is a successful commercial artist who also does a web strip called THE COMIC CRITIC. http://198.173.235.195/tcc_recent.html Mark will be doing Spawns (from Friday morning until Saturday morning) and probably not taking part in CBT.

James Dean Smith—Jim is the creator of BORIS THE BEAR, a successful independent comic book (about a comic book collecting, robot bear with a tendency to express his view with extreme violence) from the 1980’s and ‘90’s. Jim’s not such a big name these days, but boy can this guy draw. He’ll be doing CBT, but not Spawns.

Jeff Willis—Is a major talent (really!), but isn’t that well known in the comics or science fiction communities. He’s done a lot of work on licensed characters (such as RUGRATS and LOONEY TUNES) for DVD games http://www.artschools.com/interviews/jeff-willis/

Thanks to John Lustig for the descriptions of our comic artists listed above.

For more information
e-mail protected from spam bots Bobbie DuFault
e-mail protected from spam bots John Lustig

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