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Saturday, Day 3 of Comic-Con

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 1:37 AM
Saturdays mean the kids at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and the adults at Stark Enterprises alike are free to spend the weekend as they please! For them as well as zombies and time lords, to whom weekends mean nothing, Saturday in San Diego was one of the most packed days of the convention yet!

DeviantART staffers continued showering visitors with stress balls, collectible pins, and swapped stories of their favorite deviantART experiences. It's a long day, but hearing some of the inspirational stories that originate from our humble corner of the Internet are truly inspiring.

Our final Comic-Con panel was held at 12:15 pm, and the topic was "How-To: Creator vs. Audience." Ron Martino (techgnotic) led the panel, which talked about how the digital nature of storytelling on deviantART is changing the way the world interacts with its audiences. Alongside him were Wenqing Yan (yuumei), Brian Kesinger (BrianKesinger), Dave Elliott (DeevElliott), and Hal Hefner (HalHefnerART).

The thesis of the panel was the simple fact that, using sites like deviantART, creators can now interact with their audiences on a level never-before possible, and the creators are listening and using the feedback practically in real time to shape their narratives.

Untitled By Xraystyle-d6eew0b by LaurenKitsune

Here are a few inspirational soundbites that were discussed by these true visionaries and pioneers of fiction.

"Moment by moment, you can make changes depending on the feedback you're getting. You can immediately tell what aspect of your story resonates with people."
--Ron Martino, techgnotic

"In the end, 'authorship' will always be bestowed upon the artist who most commands readers' respect; the one whose efforts most connect with us, the readers, viewers, or players -- the storyteller who can best utilize the constant stream of audience feedback without losing or dulling his or her unique voice and vision."
--Ron Martino, techgnotic

"The way I see it, story creation is not a one-way communication from creator to audience. Especially in today's digital age, instant feedback allows creators to make adjustments on the go."
--Wenqing Yan, yuumei

"Reading and responding to the comments is not all about adjusting your stories; it's also a fun way to interact with the community."
--Wenqing Yan, yuumei

"You may think asking for feedback is having too many cooks in the kitchen, but you're still in control ultimately. The encouragement and feedback from the community has always been a source of inspiration for me."
--Wenqing Yan, yuumei

"In animation, we take one idea that everyone can relate to and put a twist on it. Say you have an overbearing parent and a kid who wants to rebel. That's a universal idea. Make them fish, and you've got 'Finding Nemo.'"
--Brian Kesinger, BrianKesinger

"People are always coming to me like, 'Can I do fan art of your work?' I'm like, 'Hell yeah, you can!' I can't think of a greater compliment or confirmation that you're doing something right."
--Brian Kesinger, BrianKesinger

"Don't second guess your audience. Don't try to go viral. Just do what's fun for you. Follow what's passionate to you. That passion will come across, and people will feed off of that."
--Brian Kesinger, BrianKesinger

"Maybe one day soon, you won't even need to leave deviantART to be a published creator."
--Dave Elliott, DeevElliott

"Storytelling started with just a handful of people around the campfire, and that's how society progressed. That kind of went away after the Industrial Revolution, but now with Internet and technology, we're back around the campfire. But instead of ten, it's tens of thousands."
--Hal Hefner, HalHefnerART

In the Q&A section, someone asked if they had any advice for artists who feel like they're not getting better on their own and have no formal training.

"A lot of people tell me their parents don't support their art career or they can't afford to go to art school. I always recommend for them to use online tutorials like you can find on deviantART. If one doesn't work for you, find another one that does or explains a technique in a different way. It's really a great way to learn."
--Wenqing Yan, yuumei

Finally, someone asked how a writer should go about finding an artist. It seems like a common question, as it was asked during our first panel, too, but Brian's answer was pretty inspirational.

"Don't wait to be found Look around at artists that appeal to you. Send them a link of your first chapter. Not everyone's a storyteller. But they CAN tell a story in another way if you give them a script. They're often in the same position you are. They're just looking for a writer."
--Brian Kesinger, BrianKesinger

And now, check out these awesome shots taken in deviantART's corner of Artists' Alley!

Kennedy  Scarlet Witch  And Cash Iron Man In T by LaurenKitsune
Kennedy and Cash relieve some stress with our stress balls.
Cash also left us with some good advice: "If I had to fight bad guy at Comic-Con, I would stomp on them." 

Officer Jenny  Pokemon  By Shyree2-d6edpjf by LaurenKitsune
This Officer Jenny uses deviantART for inspiration as a costume designer and to find other cosplayers! But is she a member? "I have to now. I have a free Premium Membership you just gave me!"

Shaun Kyle Deviantart Com By Shyree2-d6edl45 by LaurenKitsune
Shaun-Kyle is Inked, Locked, and Loaded!

Asevy By Shyree2-d6edpsh by LaurenKitsune
"As an aspiring artist, I love seeing my favorite storyboard artists share their personal work that doesn't have anything to do with their professional work." 

Indiana Jones By Shyree2-d6eefax by LaurenKitsune
The amazing cosplays continue to astound us with every passing day. 

Tmnt By Shyree2-d6eegac by LaurenKitsune
Okay, this wasn't technically at our booth, but it just looked really awesome.

There's one more day of Comic-Con, and although it's shorter than the previous three, we intend to squeeze every ounce of artistic awesomeness out of it that we can!

If you've missed our other recaps, you can still check out Wednesday's Preview NightThursday's recap, and a rundown of Friday's festivities.

Is there anything we absolutely need to show you before Comic-Con ends for another year?

Follow along with Comic-Con as if you were actually here, as we recap each day's festivities!
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Illien-chan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So far away for germany.... WHY!?Q_Q
Lilianeennes Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
I so wanted to go but i'm stuck with collage until the end of this year T.T
It looked so fun from this Photos,well there's always an Otakon or an ANIME-CON TO GO!
arceus4daween Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I was there! I was the one who drew the horrible triforce emblem!
clockworkscar Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  that looks like so much fun!!! i wish i was there, SO badly....
chenhx Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
snaillyn Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
\\crys i wish i was there
i wanna go i wanna go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CelestiaTheFilly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Artist
Allow sorry i thought is was drawing a picture of you:)
nonsafetalker2 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Artist
freaking ninja turtles T_T
Awesomeness360 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's great, now where's the Godzilla trailer?
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