The University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Art Gallery is bringing together Texas comic book artists together for a one-day symposium, comiCulture: From Creation to Consumption, on Saturday, September 21. The event is free, but registration is required. Fall classes begin tomorrow, so those wishing to attend may want to go ahead and register before the students find out about it and snag up all the tickets.
Special panels will feature notable Texas artists, such as James O’Barr, creator of “The Crow;” Leroy Brown, illustrator of “ICECUBES;” and ShoNuff! Studios co-founder Terry Parr, among other industry professionals. Other planned activities include portfolio reviews by expert guests, a “pop culture auction and yard sale,” and an exhibition of works of many of the event’s featured artists called The Art of Sequential Storytelling.
It doesn’t pretend to be Comic Con, but Austin’s late-November Comic Con charges $40-50 for a day pass and much more for individual events (“VIP Experience” tickets to the Shatner/Nimoy event costs $469.99). There may be a few costumed attendees, but this symposium is geared more towards students and aspiring artists. Volunteer event coordinator Terry Wagner states, “comiCulture is a great opportunity to celebrate local talent and give a fresh crop of aspiring artists some wonderful tips from industry insiders.”