So, we’ve seen that Comic-Con isn’t just about the comics, but did you know that it’s also a huge networking convention? Actually, yes, you probably did. To cut down on the confusion and impose a little order, Comic-Con International is nice enough to provide a Portfolio Review area (PR) where companies will speak with up-and-comers and review portfolios and, on occasion, interview you for a job on the spot.
So if you’re looking to break into an industry, attending Comic-Con might just be good for you career! How sweet is that? Anyway, what follows are a list of programs you may wish to attend if you’re trying to break in. Then, after the jump, comes a guide to the portfolio review area.
There’s a lot of information here, so let’s just jump right in. And of course, good luck to all of those out there who plan on bringing their portfolio – get out there and rock it!
Programs To Help You Break In
Thursday, July 23
10:30am, Room 4: DC Talent Search 1 [more]
3:30pm, Room 6DE: Marvel: Breaking into the House of Ideas [more]
3:30pm, Room 30CDE: Andrew Pepoy’s Professional Networking Seminar [more]
4:30pm, Room 7AB: Workshop: Creating Creator-Owned Comics the Image Comics Way [more]
Friday, July 24
10:00am, Room 4: DC Talent Search 2 [more]
10:00am, Room 32AB: From Fan to Creator: Goal Setting for Creative Types [more]
3:00pm, Room 30CDE: Impact University: How to Write and Draw Comics and Graphic Novels [more]
Saturday, July 25
10:00am, Room 2: How to Get a Job in the Video Game Industry [more]
10:30am, Room 4: DC Talent Search 3 [more]
1:00pm, Room 18: How-To Session: Matt Busch [more]
4:00pm, Room 30CDE: Building Your Art Portfolio [more]
Sunday, July 26
3:00pm, Room 32AB: Full-time Creative Work on a Part-time Schedule[more]
Portfolio Reviews (by company)
Arch Enemy Entertainment
Looking for sequential artists, conceptual artists, and colorists to work on a variety of projects.
(Note: They’re not looking for inkers at this time.)
Thursday — PR F — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Friday — PR F — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Saturday — PR H — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Cartoon Network Studios
Purpose in participating in the review area is to give you feedback in preparing your portfolio for submission in the animation industry. Please target your portfolio to the area in which you wish to work. These sessions are meant only for artists serious in pursuing a career in animation and who have taken the time to compile a targeted portfolio. It is recommended that you show samples spotlighting the position you want to pursue (i.e. character design, storyboard, etc.)
Note: Due to a scheduling conflict Cartoon Network will be unable to conduct portfolio reviews on Saturday as shown in the Events Guide but has added a session on Sunday.
Friday — PR B — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Sunday — PR B — 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
They are especially interested in pencilers who can ink their own work and who specialize in one or more of the following categories: horror, science fiction, good girl, action, or animation.
For serious consideration, please bring photocopied samples or sample digital files that can be left behind.
Friday — PR C — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Saturday — PR H — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Will review pencils, ink, colors, letters, as well as full projects. Writers, please see the website for details for writing submissions. Additional information and what to include in your portfolio can be found at www.CommittedComics.com.
Thursday — PR H — 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Dark Horse Comics
Will be reviewing the storytelling work of professional-level comics artists. Consecutive story pages only (minimum of 5 pages required), with an eye toward storytelling as well as drawing skills. Please bring your most recent work.
Artists with cover paintings, inking or coloring samples, pin ups, or sketches are invited to submit work by following instructions at www.darkhorse.com/company/submissions.
It is suggested that this review be treated as a job interview.
Thursday — PR D — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Friday — PR D — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Saturday — PR D — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Representatives will be reviewing pencil, ink, and color samples. They will not be looking at or accepting any story submissions. Reviews will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thursday — PR E — 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Will be reviewing submissions for manga publication projects for Rumble Pak and Sakura Pakk series.
Friday — PR A — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Saturday — PR A — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Sunday — PR A — 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Hasbro 3D Design/Sculpt Team is looking to review portfolios of talented sculptors with experience in the following:
• 3 3/4″ action figures, 6″ action figures 12″ action figures
• Experience using multiple materials including “industry” waxes
• Experience working with multiple tools and hardware
• A strong understanding for manufacturing and draft considerations
• Silicone molding and Urethane casting experience
• Understanding of articulation and implementation
• Digital expertise including such programs as ZBrush, Freeform, Mudbox and Maya
• Passion for Hasbro brands and its licensed properties.
Friday — PR E — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Saturday — PR C — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Seeks artist authors who can teach beginners step by step with pictures and words in comics, manga, graffiti, fantasy, science fiction, and popular art styles, including basic people/bodies/heads/characters, facial expressions, action poses, basic drawing and lettering (including graffiti and fantasy calligraphy styles).
Saturday — PR B — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Will review portfolios of concept designers/artists, including character concepts as well as environment concepts.
Thursday — PR A — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Will conduct portfolio reviews, provide critiques, and offer tips for aspiring artists. Bring a portfolio selection of your best work.
Saturday — PR D — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Sunday — PR D — 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
Will be reviewing portfolios of artists, inkers, and colorists for potential future work at the House of Ideas.
Bring copies of their artwork (no originals) to the Marvel Booth, #2429, throughout the show but no later than 7:00 PM on Saturday. A list of people with whom Marvel would like to speak further will be posted at the end of each day, Friday – Sunday.
See The Comic-Con Portfolio Review page for more details!
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Looking specifically for storyboard artists and CG artists who use Maya, but any talented 2D and CG artists are encouraged to stop by. A sense of humor is required.
Friday — PR A — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Saturday — PR A — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Burbank, CA, based ad agency specializing in the video game industry is interested in meeting both digital and traditional illustrators with strong anatomy skills.
Thursday — PR C — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Friday — PR H — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Saturday — PR F — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Sunday — PR C — 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Independent comics producer will be reviewing portfolios of aspiring pencilers, inkers, and colorists of sequential art.
Friday — PR E — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Saturday — PR E — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Independent comics company looking for colorists and digital painters for immediate work.
Friday — PR D — 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Saturday — PR D — 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Animation studio looking for animators, storyboard and layout artists. Comic book portfolios will also be reviewed, but to a lesser extent.
Thursday — PR B — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Friday — PR B — 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Sunday — PR B — 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Stone Arch Books
Looking for strong, reliable illustrators and authors to help contribute to their innovative product line.
Friday — PR F — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Saturday — PR F — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Will be reviewing a variety of artistic portfolios as related to animation.
Saturday — PR E — 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Wizards of the Coast LLC
You are encouraged to drop off your portfolio (clearly marked with your name and a call back number) with Katherine Morrison at the Autograph Area Information Desk in the Portfolio Review Area. BE SURE TO INCLUDE A CONTACT NUMBER.
NO original art must be submitted.
Looking for painted fantasy work, painted sequential art, concept illustration, character design, cartography.
NOT looking for photography, pencil-only sequential art, 3D art.
Please remember to pick up your portfolios from Katherine Morrison at the Autograph Area Information Desk. Materials need to be claimed by 6:00 PM Thursday-Saturday and by 5:00 PM Sunday.
Thursday — PR G — 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Friday — PR G — 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Saturday — PR G — 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Sunday — PR G — 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Zeros 2 Heroes Media
Looking for examples of strong sequential work in all styles. A broad range of subject matter is appreciated. Please bring your résumé along with your portfolio and business card.
Thursday — PR C — 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
For more information and updates, be sure to check out this page: Comic-Con 2009: Portfolio Review Schedule