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Careers in Comics Panel at Winter Con

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Most everyone wants to either draw or write comics books. But there are many more capacities in which one may be involved in the industry. On December 6, at Winter Con, I moderated a panel where folks got to hear first hand from top industry professionals on ways to break in, what to break in as, and how to stay in!

Special Guest Panelists Were:

Nelson Faro DeCastro is a comic book artist known for his painted cover art, and his interior penciling, inking and coloring work. He is also a writer and teacher. Nelson’s career began in the early 1990s, doing cover work and publishing his creator-owned work for Dark Horse Comics, before becoming a frequent artist for Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

Tom DeFalco is one of the most prolific and well-known writers and editors in comic publishing today. DeFalco served as the tenth Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics from 1987 to 1994, making him one of the longest serving individuals to hold that post. During his tenure, DeFalco had continued to write as well, with noted runs on Thor and the spin-off Thunderstrike and Fantastic Four.

Mark Mazz is a comic book art director, editor and comic book writer. He is best known for being the creative director for Harris Comics from 1995-1998, and the Design Services Manager for DC Comics in 1998-1999. In December 2008, he founded his own comic book company, Atlas Unleashed.

Robert J. (“Bob”) Sodaro is a writer, editor, and digital graphic artist. Best known for writing as a journalist for numerous publications including The FantiCo Chronicles, The Comics Journal, Comics Buyers’ Guide, Wizard, Hero Illustrated, Flux, Combo, Comics Values Monthly, Triton, TwoMorrows, and Amazing Heroes. He is currently a writer for Examiner.com.

Big thanks to all the panelist and the organizers of Winter Con for putting this on and letting me pump some great advice from these awesome creators!

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