👨‍💻 Workshops 👩‍💻

GET EXCITED COMIC FANS

MEFCC is back with full force bringing you some AWESOME WORKSHOPS covering a wide array of all your favourite topics in the comic and pop culture sphere! From comic drawing master classes to comic career tips!

Our workshops will take place within MEFCC for the first time on the show floor! 

Places are limited, so be sure to SIGN UP ON SITE – FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. Visitor Tickets are required for access.

Stay tuned for more information on our wonderful workshops – DON’T MISS OUT!

Thursday

A LIFE IN COMICS

RENEE WITTERSTAETTER

Interview with writer, editor, colorist and agent Renee Witterstaetter, editor on Thanos Quest, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurrassic Park and much more. Renee will be reviewing portfolios at the table all during the show.

Bring your questions for Renee and your artwork for her to review. If the one hour session isn't enough for her to look at artwork, she will do it at her table at the convention. 

COSPLAY PERFORMANCES FOR COMPETITIONS

Kaoru Lily & Rei Suzuki

Where to start with a cosplay performance? Learn the basics of acting and how to prepare your performance for international or big competitions such as the World Cosplay Summit. We will show you how we prepare for our performances, how to come up with cool ideas and create a fun performance for everyone. We'll give you some tips & tricks to give you inspiration for your future cosplay performance!

DYNAMIC FIGURE DRAWING

RAGS MORALES

1 hour workshop on Dynamic Figure drawing with the artist on Wonder Wonman, Justice League of America and more. Rags is a seasoned pro as well as in instructor. So... now is a great chance to learn from one of the bests, as he shows you how to get the job done in an exciting way.

WHAT IT TAKES TO WORK FOR MARVEL AND DC COMICS

Mostafa Moussa

Join professional comic book artist Mostafa Moussa for a wide-ranging discussion about his 21 year career in the comic book industry. He’ll discuss how he first broke in professionally at 18 years old, and his various career highlights over the last 2 decades. He will be taking questions from the audience, showing original art, giving portfolio reviews and maybe even drawing a sketch or two! 

FRIDAY

HOW FORMULA'S WORK THE DISNEY WAY I.E. THE PHILO BARNHART WAY

PHILO BARNHART

STORYTELLING AND ACTING IN COMICS: A GUIDE TO MAKE YOUR CHARACTERS REAL!

EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

This workshop will lead you to explore all the secrets behind storytelling and characters acting to make your comic book stories looking great. Giving a perfect description and attitude to your characters is a fundamental step to make a good story. Expressions, gesture and storytelling are so important in order to bring your characters to life. We'll explore the most important storytelling rules, Facial expressions and dialogue, acting and attitude description of a character. Follow artist Emanuela Lupacchino suggestions and tricks about this topic! 

Cosplay Tips & Tricks

iCosplay

iCosplay will talk and provide the many tips & tricks she's learnt through the years of working on cosplay costumes and props, and techniques that made it easier to complete costumes!

PITCHING YOUR COMIC BOOK

Andrew Clemson

This session will focus on how to best present your comic book projects to potential collaborators or publishers. Learn how to put together an effective pitch packet and help get your foot in the door of the indie comic book publishing industry.  Participants do not need to have a project ready for pitching, but those who do can bring along their current pitches to get critiques. 

BUILD YOUR OWN GUNDAM - OTAKU ME

Qais Sedki

Join Otaku ME for a wonderful hands on experience building your first plastic model Gundam robot!  Plastic model kits and tools will be provided.  Follow along as we piece together your own model without using paint or glue. Discover a wonderful new hobby that develops creativity and understanding of mechanical principles. Limited seating available. Adults and children aged 10+ are welcome to register.

How to Draw Rick and Morty

DAVID ANGELO ROMAN

Have you ever wondered why Rick and Morty characters have such weird eyes, why the show is such a massive success, or would you like to learn how to draw these Rick and Morty characters so that one day you can take away Roman's job and leave him unemployed and homeless?.... well here is your chance!  Learn how Roman thinks while he draws and ask him questions so you can understand how weird he really is!  This workshop is lots of fun, come prepared to draw, laugh, and find out why he owns two donkeys named Daisey and Cutie Pie!  

'The Simpliest' "Rules of Thumb' for Beginner Artists

Bob Layton

In this session, Bob will explain the best way to make the blank page of white paper your friend, instead of a dreaded enemy.  His simple "Rules of Thumb" will help all beginning artists to gain more confidence when appoaching their drawing.

SATURDAY

DRAWING SPIDER-MAN & VENOM

SAM DE LA ROSA

Sam's panel will highlight and review his work as a finishing artist for Marvel and DC along with other comicbook publishers. He will share his early interest in drawing, how that lead to Super Heroes and then to his break into the industry. He'll give a quick review of his credits and how he has managed to stay a fan favorite since his first pro assignments in 1982. Sam will discuss his work on his favorite characters including Spider-Man, Venom, Carnage, and Batman. Few are aware that Sam also worked on lesser known comics such as Earthworm Jim, Dreadstar, Power Rangers, Roger Rabbit and Predator. This is the must attend panel for fans who appreciate artists with a wide range of art credits and history. Q & A will follow.

HOW TO BRING COMICS INTO YOUR SCHOOL THE RIGHT WAY!

Bob Hoffman

Come take a comprehensive look at best practices when choosing graphic novels for a school library, creating comics resources for students and staff, running an after-school comics class, and even throwing a school-wide comic con! Comics educator Bob Hoffman will walk students, teachers, and curious convention-goers through the initial steps and pitfalls of introducing comic books, comic strips, and graphic novels into a K-12 or university curriculum.  He will be providing handouts and links, and giving out prizes as he opens up the floor to audience-members eager to ask questions or share their own experiences.

HOW TO MAKE A SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM IN A LANGUAGE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND

WALEED AL MADANI - Image Nation

This session focuses on the production process of short documentaries, specifically documentaries where directors don’t understand the language of their characters or the regions they are filming in, how do directors deal with such stories?

THE ART OF INKING FOR COMICS

RODNEY RAMOS

1 hour workshop on inking for comics.  How to take pencils and bring them to life. What does an inker do? Rodney will also discuss his varied career and answer questions from the audience. Rodney is the inker behind such smash hits as Transmetropolitan and Mars Attacks. And almost every Marvel title out there. 

BRINGING A UNIVERSE TO LIFE

GEORGES JEANTY

1 hour Workshop on penciling for comics. The amazing Georges Jeanty  will do a piece from start to finish and answer questions about bringing  the Whedonverse and Buffy Universe to life via his artwork. He will also answer questions about his varied and exciting career in comics and what it takes to be a comics professional. 

COSTUME MAKING - CAVIN CREATIONS

CAVIN CREATIONS

Hello all! We are Cavin Creations from Hong Kong! This is the 2nd time for us to be here in MEFCC! This time we will be teaching you some little tricks and hacks on costume making, especially for Spider-Man costume! In this panel, you will be able to learn about techniques on puff painting your fabric and how to assemble your Spider-Man lenses to fabric etc. Hope you all can enjoy our session and learn these little magic to enhance not only your Spider-Man costume but all your costume work ;] We hope to see you all there! Stay-tuned and stay-creative!  

THE ART OF COLORING

MICHAEL WATKINS

Using colors to tell a story. Join artist D. Michael Watkins as he shows with coptic markers and watercolors, how important colors are to your storytelling. Michael Watkins will also talk about the skills it takes to be a freelance artist, and will also discuss developing your own business model. Bring your questions for the artist/businessman. 

BRINGING POP CULTURE TO LIFE

JEREMY CLARK

Bringing Pop Culture to life with Jeremy Clark. A Q&A about working int he comics industry from Indy Publishers to the big guns. Clark has worked on some of the biggest pop culture franchises, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is celebrating the 30th anniversary release of the movie this year.