Thursday was the first full day of Comic-Con, and artists, cosplayers, and fans (oh, my!) strapped on their most comfortable Con Shoes and continued rocking out in San Diego. It was also the day of deviantART's first panel, "How-To: Motion Books,"
which was so inspiring, audience members nearly had to be physically removed from the premises because the conversations ended long after they took the microphones away.
Sitting on the panel were $spyed
from deviantART, *BenWolstenholme
, and *nunyerbidniss
from Madefire, and *davegibbons
, perhaps best-known for his collaboration with Alan Moore on "Watchmen." The topic was an explanation of the recent partnership of Madefire and deviantART
-- who met at Comic-Con just last year! -- and a quick run down of everything the free Motion Book Tool can offer the next generation of comic book artists. We wish you could have felt the energy in the room there. If the audience expected a cut-and-dry explanation of the power of this new tool, their minds were blown when panelists flung stress balls into the eager crowd and then wowed them with a film
showing the true future of storytelling.
What the gentlemen talked about for the next hour was truly inspirational! Here are a few soundbites from the panel. It'll be like you were there with us!
"We realized quickly that these guys [deviantART] had built THE greatest creator community, it seemed like a natural fit, and here we are."
--Ben Wolstenholme (*BenWolstenholme
), on hoping to get Madefire to someday work with deviantART
"As somebody who's spent a lifetime doing comics, it occurred to me that digital was where we were headed. Tablets are the perfect device for comics. When I met Ben, my Spidey Senses started tingling, and I thought this was just what we were looking for. Other people tried. Some people put a horse on a skateboard and called it a motion book. These guys built an F-150 racing car."
"Comics are not the art of drawing or painting. They're the art of telling stories with words and pictures."
"Comics shouldn't be mistaken for a genre. It's a medium in and of itself. We're evolving the grammar for a new medium, and we're pushing the boundaries of what's possible."
"On deviantART, you have old creators like me, you have people who are just starting to create, students, fans, critics, the means by which to get published. You've got the whole culture of a publishing universe in one place, and I don't think there's ever been anything like that before."
"Storytellers on deviantART are building an audience from moment one."
"What we're trying to create is not a community of consumers, but patrons. We're all backing each other up."
"The hallmark of deviantART is people are willing to share their secrets and reach out. Not to get too teary, but that's something I'm really happy to encourage. And you're not limited to the people in your own neighborhood on deviantART, like we were. When you get people from wildly different cultures collaborating, you can't even imagine the outcome. It's really exciting."
[An audience member asked what a writer should do if they are in search of an artist.]
"Post snippets of your chapters, interact with the artists, create a dialogue using our notes system, which is private. Start up a relationship with artists. This sort of thing is happening naturally on a large scale every single day." -- Angelo Sotira ($spyed
"It's Internet Dating for creatives." -- Dave Gibbons (*davegibbons
And now, how about some more amazing pictures from the day?
is not only Madefire's CEO, but an amazing artist himself!
Deviants love stopping by the booth to snap a shot in front of our backdrop. $spyed
had some fun walking the red carpet. Okay, it was black.
Loki gives the stink-eye to an Iron-Man wannabe who stepped a little too close.
Deviants-in-training are always welcome to stop by the booth and let the creativity flow! And they can work a Wacom tablet better than certain staffers writing this Journal...
An amazing Chell from Portal towered over our booth. No word yet on whether the cake is truly a lie.
"I use deviantART to go through fan art for reference of my costumes! Often the artists are more revealing of the character's true character than the official artwork." --~ArchonEquilibrium
Anyone who stops by the booth is treated to a button of their choice, some lanyards, stress balls, informational handouts on Madefire and Downloadable Content, plus a high-five from various staff members!
stopped by to sketch up an amazing Ariel. Or maybe she was just resting her -- what do you call them? Oh. Feet.
Amazing "Doctor Who" cosplays are in the air this year...
...amongst deviants and devious staff alike! ($damphyr
as Captain Jack Harkness and $aunjuli
as Pretty Pink Dalek!)
Finally, we thought it appropriate to end today's recap with $spyed
's final words from the panel earlier today.
"DeviantART was created to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us. In the spirit of that, there's nothing more inspiring than to be at the forefront of change. The world's changing, so come with us. It's gonna be great."