The Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival offers a variety of programming designed to appeal to all ages and interests, including film screenings, live music, panel discussions and much more.

Festival Hours

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Programming Schedule*

Time Title/Description Location
9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Artist Jam
Think that stick figures are all you’ve got in you? Do you only draw for your own amusement? Artist Spencer Brinkerhoff III will guide you through drawing for your own amazement using his “Drawing-Is-Simple” system.
Main Hall

10 a.m. Stripped (2013, 85 mins, NR)
Stripped is the ultimate love-letter to comic strips. This feature-length documentary sits down with the world’s best and brightest cartoonists to hear their opinions on the art and business of comic strips. It surveys the history and impact of comic strips on modern life and then turns to the critical question: What happens to comics in the shift from print to pixels? Stripped features the first-ever recorded interview with Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) as well as interviews with Jim Davis (Garfield), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Matt Inman (The Oatmeal), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Bill Amend (Foxtrot) and more than 50 other creators. 

The screening is followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers Dave Kellett & Frederick Schroeder, featuring audience giveaways from the directors!
Main Theater

10 a.m. All Ages Means All Access!
This is one of those things that’s much harder than it looks: creating a comic for readers of all ages. The understanding and life experiences of a wee tot and an old coot are vastly different, so how do you write a story that has things for both to enjoy without talking down to one and boring the other into an early grave? Join writer Jen Van Meter for a frank (and funny) look at how to roll out the welcome mat for readers of all ages. 
Jewel Box Theater

10 a.m. Creating a Podcast
J. Rachel Edidin and Miles Stokes from Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men take all the guess work out of getting it right with this talk about the essentials of podcasting. (Note: Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.)
Small Conference Room

11 a.m. Bust out the Elbow Grease – Self-Publishing 101
Join our panelists Amy Chu, Carla Speed McNeil, and Spencer Brinkerhoff III for a look at the realities of self-publishing a comic from the “I’ve got this great idea!” stage to the realities of publication, distribution, promotion and paying yourself a decent wage. (And, when does it make sense to take your successful DIY project to a publisher?)
Jewel Box Theater

11 a.m.
Workshop for Writers – Comics 101: Making Comics
Do you want to make comics books professionally but don’t know the first thing breaking into the industry?  Comic book writer Russell Lissau will answer your questions about this fantastic (and action-packed) business! (Note: Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.)
Small Conference Room

12 p.m. Spirited Away with Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade
The Spirit, created by the legendary Will Eisner, is one of the most iconic characters in comics. Join writer Matt Wagner and artist Dan Schkade for a “Spirited” history discussion, a look at the challenges and opportunities inherent in taking on such a character, and an overview of what’s in store in coming months.
Jewel Box Theater

12 p.m. Workshop for Writers – Scripting for Comics
You know how to write a story and that’s great. But do you know how to turn it into script that an artist, colorist and letterer can use? There are several tricks to this trade. Longtime comic book publisher and editor Chris Staros will talk you through the art of comic book scripting. (Note: Seating is extremely limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Small Conference Room

12 p.m. Rachel & Miles X-plain the X-Men Special VVCBF Podcast
Daunted by complex continuity? Are you confused about who is a Summers brother? Well, Rachel & Miles are here for you! Training for this responsibility for decades, they have the back issues, the calluses, and a really detailed diagram of the Summers family tree. They’ve been explaining the X-Men informally for years–to friends and family, to the internet, and, occasionally, to patient strangers on the street. Now, they are presenting a special Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival edition of their podcast dedicated to unpacking the weird, wonderful world of our favorite superhero soap opera for newcomers and die-hard fans alike.
Main Theater

1 p.m. Sexy, Silly, Strange … The Golden Age of Superheroes
Join our favorite comics scholar, Ben Saunders, for a revealing and yet academically vigorous look behind the curtain at what weird, wild and (ahem) woody shenanigans our favorite superheroes engaged in before the formation of the dreaded Comics Code Authority ended the Golden Age of Comics in 1954.
Jewel Box Theater

1 p.m. Workshop for Writers – Pitching Your Ideas
A lot of artist and writers dream of being published by Marvel or DC. But how do you pitch a story idea? How do you get them to look at your story proposal? Join us as Top Shelf Productions publisher and editor Chris Staros explains what you need to consider when pitching your work. (Note: Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.)
Small Conference Room

2 p.m. Life in the Batcave
There are two batcaves. One is inhabited by Batman, the other, by editors. Join The Batman Strikes! writer Russell Lissau and Batman and the Mad Monk writer Matt Wagner for a look at what it takes to write a cool, neat, and nifty Batcave scene — there’s over 75 years of history in the Batcave! — and what it takes to make it come alive in the face of editorial oversight, script changes and house style.
Jewel Box Theater

2 p.m. Workshop for Writers – Writing for Anthologies and Short Comic Stories
Anthologies are collections of short comic stories and it’s often one of the best ways to get your foot in the door. However, short comic stories, just like prose, take a very particular set of skills. Amy Chu, who has worked on a number of anthologies including Girls Night Out, Sensation Comics Wonder Woman #19, CBLDF Liberty annual, and Vertigo quarterly CMYK, shares her tips on writing for anthologies. (Note: Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.)
Small Conference Room

2 p.m. The Doubleclicks Live in Las Vegas!
You may have seen them on Wil Wheaton’s webshow, Tabletop, or perhaps you’ve watched one of their videos on YouTube.  Now you can check them out live!  The Doubleclicks take the stage to sing sincerely about the things geeks love: dinosaurs, super-villains and Dungeons & Dragons.
Main Theater

3 p.m. Do It With Pride!  (Comics Are More Than Straight White Doods!)
Whether it’s breaking into the “no girls allowed” boys club, female characters who exist in their own right, or writing stories with LGBTQ content, diversity matters! Join our panelists Shannon Watters, Jen Van Meter, Dan Schkade and Carla Speed McNeil for a look at two hot-button topics currently facing comics.
Jewel Box Theater

3 p.m. Just What Does a Comic Book Editor Do?
Often a thankless job, an editor is tasked with holding together a comics and making sure that it comes out on deadline.  Join editor and publisher Pj Perez (Pop! Goes the Icon) as he sheds a light on this often-vital, but misunderstood, duty. (Note: Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.)
Small Conference Room

3 p.m. Molly Lewis and Her Masterful Ukulele Prowess in Concert 
Known for her quirky songs and insatiable desire to woo the internet, Molly Lewis picked up a ukulele and single-handedly created an internet sensation (there are more than 32,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel). Listen as she plays both covers and original songs about pop culture topics from beards to heartbroken astronauts and Presidential assassinations to Stephen Fry.
Main Theater

Autograph Signing

Signings will be held at individual guests’ tables and at publisher booths. Check back for more details.

*Times, guests and locations subject to change. Check back for updates as the Fest draws closer.