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.
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."
"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."
"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."
"Reading and responding to the comments is not all about adjusting your stories; it's also a fun way to interact with the community."
"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."
"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.'"
"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."
"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."
"Maybe one day soon, you won't even need to leave deviantART to be a published creator."
"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."
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."
And now, check out these awesome shots taken in deviantART's corner of Artists' Alley!
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."
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!"
"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."
The amazing cosplays continue to astound us with every passing day.
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!
Is there anything we absolutely need to show you before Comic-Con ends for another year?